• Welcome to the BOOST Conference!

    Welcome to the BOOST Conference!

    Inspire Youth. Inspire Learning. Inspire Change.

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2019 Keynote Speaker


Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D. is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development.

Dr. Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

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Sociologist, Bertice Berry, Ph.D. is, a best-selling author and award-winning lecturer has been named Comedian of The Year, Lecturer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

She has published 11 best-selling books in both fiction and non-fiction and has won numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and presentations.

Berry has had her own nationally syndicated television show and has hosted, interviewed and made numerous television, documentary and radio appearances on a variety of diverse venues including The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, Between The Lions, Crossfire, 20-20, NPR, PBS, and Comedy Central and CNN.

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APRIL 30 - MAY 3, 2019

BOOST Conference

Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

We invite you and your team to experience the most invigorating blend of:

  • Networking and team building opportunities - more than 2,500 global out-of-school time professionals.
  • More than 150 exceptional workshops to help you learn and grow.
  • The latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school time programming.
  • In-depth learning sessions through our 1-day Pre-Conference Academy.
  • Opportunities for targeted conversations and learning through Inspiration Station Workshops.
  • Master Classes taught by world-class experts of a discipline.
  • BOOST Nation: Town Hall - public meetings with national leaders and public figures.
  • Connections with over 100 Exhibitors sharing the newest resources, products, and services to enhance your programs.
  • BOOST Film Festival featuring films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today's youth.
  • Options to earn transferable college credits through the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Extension.
  • Opportunities to experience guest speakers, authors, special events, and entertainment that will inspire you to create change.
  • Healthy meals and plenty of sunshine in beautiful Palm Springs, California.


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Looking for a way to keep in contact with BOOSTers the other 51 weeks of the year? Visit our FREE out-of-school time community: BOOST Cafe! The site features an interactive forum to share promising practices, up-to-date funding opportunities, a comprehensive list of tools and resources for your programs, weekly blogs from field professionals, and MORE! Click here to visit!

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