Join us for our comprehensive Pre-Conference Academies, aimed at helping you create change both personally and professionally. These intensive sessions are designed to give participants an in-depth learning experience in specific areas. They are intended to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit as well as build capacity by inspiring you to become an agent for change.

Pre-Conference Academy sessions are either half or full-day events (3-6 hours) and include lunch and workshop materials*. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please see individual academy descriptions below for exact times. You must be registered to attend the BOOST Conference in order to attend a Pre-Conference Academy.

(*Lunch provided for full-day sessions only)

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NOTE: You cannot register on-site for Pre-Conference Academies. The deadline to register for all Pre-Conference Academy sessions is April 15, 2019. 

You cannot switch your Pre-Conference Academy registration on-site. You may only attend the Pre-Conference Academy you registered for online.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9:00 AM-5:00 PM
(*you must attend the entire 8 hours to become certified) 

Mental Health First Aid

USA Mental Health First Aid logoYouth Mental Health First Aid® USA is an 8-hour in-person training program — like traditional First Aid or CPR — designed to give participants the skills to help adolescents age 12-18 who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, they learn to support a youth by applying a five-step action plan, “ALGEE:”

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9:00 AM-5:00 PM
(*you must attend the entire 8 hours to become certified) 

Fulfill the Dream

7 mindsets logo Bringing culturally relevant social and emotional learning (SEL) to your students through the only online Hip-Hop(e) SEL program that embraces mindsets, cultural diversity, equity, and social justice for middle and high school students.

The top ten careers last year didn't exist six years ago, and research suggests that 50% of high school students will end up in a job that doesn't exist yet. So with these realities in mind, how do we prepare young people, particularly young people of color, to have the skills to thrive in the 21st century? Our answer is that we must engage youth in culturally relevant ways, and that we can demonstrate how their culture(s) already embody the critical, creative, and social and emotional competencies required to create, and enter into the careers of tomorrow.

This certification training will help educators and youth development professionals, both veterans and beginners, understand both the theoretical and practical methods to engaging youth to go from surviving to thriving. Combining best practice in social and emotional learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, and social justice youth development; participants will learn the engagement practices necessary to make Fulfill the Dream come to life in an out of school time setting.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

11:00 AM-5:00 PM

FISH! For Schools

fish logoFISH! For Schools is a family of solutions developed by educators, that help you create remarkable school culture. It builds a community where the staff is supportive and passionate, students are caring and focused, and everyone is excited about learning.

FISH For Schools helps you improve:

Morale and Teamwork

Engaged Learning

Positive Behavior



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