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Tuesday, April 27


Framework for Understanding Poverty
Dr. Ruby K. Payne, Founder, aha! Process, Highlands, TX

Explore class differences and 10 actions you can implement in your classroom or program to improve the success of low-SES students. This workshop is based on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s book A Framework for Understanding Poverty, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Educators who participate in this training will use concrete instructional strategies to help students from poverty, understand hidden rules of economic class and effects on behaviors and mindsets, develop stronger relationships with students to impact behavior, and reduce discipline referrals.
Strand: Pre-conference Academy 


Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Youth
Dr. Vincent Pompei, Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Although we've made some progress toward LGBTQ equality, current data reveal serious challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, including high rates of rejection, bullying, and a lack of affirming support from educators and other youth-serving professionals. This pre-conference will cover the current state of LGBTQ youth, build cultural humility, and review best-practices and resources that make a positive difference.  Interactive activities, opportunities to practices new skills, and time for small group discussion will be provided.  If you desire to become an emerging expert and a stronger advocate for safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth, this pre-conference is for you.
Strand: Pre-conference Academy
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Growth Heartset® - A Culture of Caring
Stu Semigran, President & Co-Founder; Bryn Drescher, Facilitator, EduCare, Van Nuys, CA

It has been said, “whoever our students may be, whatever subject we teach, ultimately we teach who we are.” Enjoy learning EduCare’s 8 Skills for Heartset® Education and develop a personal "Growth Heartset”. A growth heartset becomes a way of being… a way of teaching that sparks our students’ own SEL. This highly interactive session focuses on creating communities of caring from the “inside out” with connection, empathy, and love, all based on EduCare’s field-tested ACE Program that has reached nearly 50,000 students in the U.S. and internationally. Participants learn strategies of self-awareness (mindfulness), emotional self-management (or self-care), relationship building, and empathic listening, and ways for developing students.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Pre-conference Academy 

STEM Studio - TGR Foundation
David Tong, Director, TGR EDU: Create, TGR Foundation, Irvine, CA

DESIGN. INNOVATE. COLLABORATE. Imagine a place where creativity and innovatioisn are paramount. Where teachers take on the role of students, delving into hands-on STEM activities and a place where inquiry-based learning leads to real-world applications. Where like-minded educators gather to collaborate and take risks. This is STEM Studio: an immersive experience in STEM education based on a transformational educational philosophy facilitated by TGR EDU: Create. Join us in this pre-conference session to explore strategies that will enhance your curricula and prepare your students for careers in STEM.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Pre-conference Academy 

Wednesday, April 28


#iAmImpact Healing Circles
Nathan Houston, Director of Professional Development and Founder of #iAmImpact; Gene Wilson, Site Coordinator, Center for Fathers and Families, Sacramento, CA
This workshop is about engaging in intentional dialogue. We live in a time where it's rare we have an intentional dialogue with both staff and students. In this workshop, you will experience the power of intentional dialogue through a restorative justice lens. In order to see the change, we seek in our communities we need to build both relationships and commUNITY. This workshop will help participants intentionally build healthy relationships, increase communication and create a positive culture.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability; Older Youth

Activity Tinkering
Phil Brown, Senior Trainer, High 5 Adventure Learning Center, Brattleboro, VT

Most facilitators love adding to their bag of tricks. We often spend less time exploring how to make maximum use of the activities we do know. Join us and learn simple icebreakers or pick up engaging new props. This workshop will equip participants to tinker with the variables of a handful of activities in order to reveal how truly malleable they are.
DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Changing the School Climate: Addressing the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Youth
Valentina D’Alessandro, OUT for Safe Schools® Coordinator; Mike Freeman, CAN Program Supervisor, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles, CA

Participants will learn how to increase support for LGBTQ students, will be provided with opportunities to brainstorm issues on school campuses, and create action plans that uplift the needs and perspectives of LGBTQ youth. Effective adult allies can help youth gain a positive sense of self, preventing them from isolation, depression, and substance misuse. This interactive workshop will provide best practices that you can start using TOMORROW by creating safe spaces on campus.
MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Older Youth 

Creative Action: Global Learning and Art that Impacts the World
Leonetta Elaiho, Senior Manager, Students Rebuild; Valerie Sloane, Senior Associate, Bezos Family Foundation, Seattle, WA

This workshop will explore and define creative activism through the lens of global learning and civic engagement. Participants will learn about campaigns leveraging creative activism strategies, with an emphasis on how young people helped catalyze each movement. Students Rebuild is a free program that helps K-12 students engage in global creative activism through art-making, and attendees will learn about this program while getting hands-on creating art that will impact youth hunger.
MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Cultivating Creativity and Design Thinking With Young Children
Daniel Monterroso, Staff Development Coordinator; Deanna Galarza, Staff Development Regional Director; Melissa Fisher, Program Coordinator, LA’s Best, Los Angeles, CA

All young people deserve to engage in activities that ignite their imagination and creative development. LA's BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program has developed new methods to engage elementary school-aged children in activities that leverage their passions to address real-life challenges. Come learn strategies for helping all kids imagine their ideal community while practicing critical thinking, communication, and other critical 21st century skills.
CB, DS, E, M 
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Curving Our Mindset to Embrace Change
Mary Flores, Field Program Operations Specialist; Harlyn Santos, Director of Program & Operations, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA

This workshop will discuss the Change Curve and how managers process, self-reflect, and respond to change in an Expanded Learning field that is in a constant state of change. Managers will practice coaching conversations to better provide Technical Assistance to their teams in response to change.
Strand: Think Together Workshop Strand

Digital Activism for Youth with a Design Thinking Approach
Amanda A. Ebokosia, CEO, The Gem Project, Inc., Newark, NJ; Diane Shirley-Wright, Director, YouthDev Lab, The Gem Project, Inc., New York, NY

This workshop will explore how practitioners can support youth in leading a project that addresses a social problem by the ideologies of design-thinking, through the tools of technology and its digital environments. Through critical thinking and problem-solving, participants will be taken through the stages of design-thinking, while tackling relevant scenarios.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Expanding Student Success: The State of Expanded Learning in California
Michael Funk, Expanded Learning Division Director, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA

Always a memorable time—come to this annual Town Hall to hear the highlights and significance of the past year. Learn and discuss the Expanded Learning plan for the upcoming year. It is filled with promise and possibility. We will review updates on last year of strategic implementation; Strategic Plan 2.0; Strategic Plan 2.0- Action Plan for 2020 (what’s been done; what’s left to do); and State Policy Issues. Join Michael for an interactive discussion with time for Q&A.
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; CA Only

Finding the S.P.A.R.K. in All Youth: Speaking to the Potential, Ability, and Resilience Inside EVERY Kid
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, MBA, CEO; Ashley Hunt, Director of Program Development, The Spark Initiative, Brandon, FL

There is a SPARK within every human being, regardless of their circumstances, that cannot be damaged. This SPARK is the birthplace of resilience, well-being, commonsense, intelligence, solutions, creativity, and innovation. This presentation will explore how, through a simple understanding of the mind, innate resilience is uncovered, and the stress resistance needed to overcome tough life circumstances is naturally formed.
Strand: Staff Leadership, Older Youth 

From Congress to the Classroom, Youth Are Changing the World
Moderator: Jonah Gottlieb, Co-Founder, National Children’s Campaign (NCC), Petaluma, CA
Panelists: Ella Crenshaw, Student; Christian Hernandez, Student; Fatima Rojas Nuñez, Student; Kate Roney, Student, Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA

Youth leaders from the National Children's Campaign's, Schools For Climate Action Initiative, will discuss how their work has helped hundreds of students nationwide partner with their schools and local elected officials to face the climate crisis head-on.  They will also share their experiences in political organizing, from marching in the streets to writing bills introduced by members of Congress. Learn how youth are changing the world and how you can get your students involved to make a difference in your community.
Strand: Panel; Older Youth 

The Fun Factor
Carlos Garcia, Regional Director; Brenda Soriano, Program Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles, CA

Join LAUSD's Beyond The Bell in our workshop and learn how to bring out the FUN FACTOR in all aspects of your program! We'll go over how to utilize "FUN" in your professional development, curriculum, projects, and campaigns to leave a lasting and meaningful impression. Activities, spaces, and environments can all be made to enjoy with a little creative thinking and resourcefulness. Don't be a party pooper, come join the fun!
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development & Quality

Get Up, Stand Up – Join the Site Coordinator Movement!
Troy Selvey, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA; Julie Sesser, Specialist, ASAPconnect, San Jose, CA

We CAN Conversation: Do you want to be part of something bigger than yourself? Are you interested in networking with other leaders in the field to build knowledge around promising practices, tools, and resources? This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the Site Coordinator Network and link up with current members to learn about the Network and how you can get involved. It will also highlight current initiatives across the state of California that are being offered for site coordinators. If you are not a site coordinator but want to learn how you can support your site coordinators in this work, we encourage you to attend as well.  Join us to find out how you can get connected and be part of the state-wide network designed to support Site Coordinators!
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

Ice Breakers, Warm-Ups, and ACTION! Team Games
Andy Tupy, Regional Sales Manager, Gopher Sport, New Prague, MN

Gopher Sport will be leading participants through a workshop focused around a few of our newest activities! We won’t just be playing games though, we’ll also be showcasing some great classroom management and skill development pieces you can take home and implement in your class. Get ready to sweat, learn and have some fun!
Stand: Large Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Play on Words - Elementary Literacy Games
Jane Felling, Consultant – Author, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Alberta

Come prepared to play hands-on literacy games that are perfect for learning centers, cross graded groups, regular and ELL students in your afterschool setting. Games integrate the use of literacy dice, word decks, and letter tiles. Concepts include: learning the alphabet and its' sounds, rhyming, word families, and patterns, vocabulary games, parts of speech, comprehension, gameboards, shared ideas for journals, and more.
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development & Quality 

A Public/Private Collaboration to Address Dating Violence
Alexis Jefferson, Program Manager, Institute for Creative Community Initiatives, Lanham, MD; Dr. Alexander Chan, 4-H Agent, University of Maryland Extension, Clinton, MD

The Institute for Creative Community Initiatives built a partnership with the University of Maryland Extension in order to teach teens in Prince George’s County MD, healthy dating practices with the expectation to decrease teen dating violence and domestic violence in our community. The partners utilize the Train-the-Trainer model to ensure that there are school-based, faith-based and community-based professionals trained to deliver the adapted Relationship Smarts curriculum throughout the County.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Resilience is Everything
Dee Hankins, Inspirational Speaker, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Resilience: The ability to bounce back. It’s what enables students to come out of challenging experiences with a positive attitude about themselves and their futures. After 18 years in foster care and watching his daughter battle brain cancer, Dee turns those unexpected events into incredible life lessons.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience
Moderator: Michael Jacobus, Executive Director, Reset Summer Camp, Inc., Orange, CA

Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help us all flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. This film follows Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional well-being. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we as parents and schools empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.
Strand: Film Festival

The Transformative Power of the Outdoors: The Resilience-Building Effects of Outdoor Programming
Lesford Duncan, Senior Director of Programs; Matt Smith, Youth Programs Senior Manager; Sunny Chang, Youth Programs Assistant Manager; Laura Guerrero, Youth Programs Coordinator, Outdoor Outreach, San Diego, CA

Did you know that outdoor recreation has both physical and mental healing effects? Or that place-based inquiry in nature improves learning outcomes? Through this interactive presentation, you will both learn about (and experience!) how outdoor programming develops social-emotional competencies and resilience in youth. We will use a combination of dynamic outdoor activities to “show” examples of skill development, and case studies of Outdoor Outreach programs to “tell” of the measurable impact.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality, Partnerships & Building Relationships, Sustainability, Older Youth


Moderator: Dr. Vincent Pompei, Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Bias challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser (CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Running for Jim) highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.
Strand: Film Festival

Brainball & Games, Games, Games
Tim Taggart, Senior Director, Palos Sports, Alsip, IL

Brainball is supported with 17 years of research improving spelling, reading, math, and fine motor skill development. The games portion will cover many unique games that kids love to play and keeps them highly active and engaged while learning individual/team skills, strategy, teamwork, and motor skill development.
DS, E, M, H
Strand: Large Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development & Quality 

Building a Culture of Social Emotional Leadership
Erica Cardoso, Program Development Technician; Lesley Martin, Quality Assurance Coach – Student Support Services, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA; Meghan Bender, Sanford Harmony Trainer, Sanford Programs at National University, La Jolla, CA

This workshop will distinguish qualities, practices, and mindset of a social-emotional leader and how to foster a culture of SEL within adult teams before a classroom.
MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Think Together Workshop Strand

CAN Suite of Quality Tools: Building the Right Tool for the Right Job
Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives; Troy Selvey, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA 

We CAN Training: CAN is currently in the middle of piloting New Quality Tools, including a Continuous Quality Improvement Guidebook, a New Expanded Learning Program Quality Assessment Tool, and an Online Quality Assessment System. Come learn about the guidebook and how you can use it with your program(s). Learn how the assessment tool is connected to the guidebook, and how the online assessment system supports both tools. This training will also walk through how the online system collects data to inform your continuous improvement processes and measure your growth.
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

Creating Hunger-Free Communities
Clarissa Hayes, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research & Action Center, Berkeley, CA

Nearly one in seven households with children cannot buy enough food for their families -- and hungry children can't learn. Fortunately, the federally-funded nutrition programs can play a critical role in alleviating hunger by providing support for healthy snacks and meals. This session will cover the basics of the nutrition programs, tips for implementation, ideas for partnership and collaboration, and the next steps for making your community hunger-free.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

“Creating Positive Pathways of Potential & Promise Through Sport” – Journey with Us!
Rafael Acosta, Regional Director; Raul Menjivar, Area Program Supervisor, Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles, CA

Join LAUSD-Beyond the Bell and embark on a journey of potential and promise! Through a fun, active & reflective workshop participants will learn how Beyond the Bell has created pathways of change & opportunity through positive coaching and mentorship within their Middle School Sports Program. Participants will hear from program leadership and alumni as they reveal key findings from a 3 Year Impact Study showcasing the power of youth sports within expanded learning.
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development & Quality

Fostering Protective Factors in Youth: Making an Impact That Can Last a Lifetime
Dan Gilbert, Sr. Program Manager; Nikki Yamashiro, Vice President of Policy, Afterschool Alliance, Washington D.C.; Eric Johnston, Executive Director, Todos Juntos, Washington, D.C.; Regino Chavez, Director of Evaluation, LA's BEST, Los Angeles, CA

Recent brain research has revealed that every child has great potential and that the brain has a high level of malleability from birth through adolescence and into adulthood. Throughout their lives, afterschool and summer learning programs provide unique opportunities for youth to develop skills that will help them grow into healthy, capable, responsible adults. Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring perspectives from research and practice and learn more about how youth development programs can focus on developing the skills, behaviors, and beliefs that youth will need to thrive.
Strand: BOOST Nation Town Hall; Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

A Generation Threatened by Tech
Michael Jacobus, Executive Director, Reset Summer Camp, Inc., Orange, CA

Excessive screen time, social media, online gaming and the culture of 24/7 streaming is robbing a generation from productivity, healthy nutritional habits, social and personal connections, and even good sleep. This has lead people today to be quick to anger, unfocused and desperate for stable routines. This session will explore a wide variety of causes and offer a few solutions to this growing threat to the very fabric of our society.
CB, DS, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships 

“IN MY FEELINGS” SEL Competency for Family and Youth Engagement
Tasha Franklin Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Character Development Learning Institute; Kelly Wise, Technical Advisor, YMCA – USA, Chicago, IL; Angela Strickland, Youth Development Program Director, YMCA of Western North Carolina, Asheville, NC

This workshop will cover a variety of topics including learning about personal space, managing feelings, understanding sensory needs, creating community, and conflict resolution. The goal is to build a toolkit to create an environment that supports youth and family's social-emotional needs.
MLA, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Staff Leadership 

Let's Talk: Building Resiliency for Runaway, Homeless, and At-Risk Youth
Lee Osipchak, Director of Training, Education and Prevention, National Runaway Safeline, Chicago, IL

Adolescence is a difficult time, compounded with ongoing stressors at school, home and within the community, many youth enter into a crisis. Some youth may even run away or resort to unsafe behaviors. The issue of runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth impacts every community. In fact, every year 4.2 million young people ages 13-25 endure some form of homelessness. This session will focus on runaway and homeless youth prevention services and how to build life skills for youth.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships

Mapping the School to Prison Pipeline
Tia Martinez, JD, CEO, Forward Change, San Francisco, CA

This presentation situates the current predominance of zero-tolerance school discipline in its historical context and identifies how the excessive use of exclusionary punishment in recent decades has triggered a cascade of system-driven negative feedback loops that channel young people out of the education system into the prison system.
Strand: Master Class; Partnerships & Building Relationships

The Mini-Drone Revolution: Indoor Drones for STEAM Exploration
Tyler Downey, STEM Specialist and Training Coordinator, PCS Edventures!, Boise, ID

Explore how mini-drones can be used to stimulate interest in STEM, teach coding, and be used as a means of artistic expression. Learn the basics of drone flight and safety through our interactive video course Droneology, examining how drones are becoming a regular part of our daily lives. Then learn how to code drones using DroneBlocks, a free drag-and-drop programming language, followed by a video showcasing how this foundational skill can be implemented to create drone performance art.
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development & Quality

NASA’s Next Gen STEM: Igniting Young Minds
David E. Alexander, BS, M.Ed., NASA STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA, Alhambra, CA

This session introduces NASA’s new Next Gen STEM program. The interactive lessons – from engineering design to the four forces of flight – are inexpensive and easy to implement in an afterschool program. NASA’s Next Gen STEM products enhance STEM literacy and will help to build a vibrant and diverse STEM workforce. These lessons and activities are among the premier content areas featured in Mizzen by Mott, a new app designed for the afterschool field through support from the Mott Foundation. Come learn about Mizzen by Mott and what NASA has to offer for you and your students!
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership

Scaling Summer 101: Building Community-Wide Systems for Summer Learning
Mashona Council, Youth Development Consultant, Council Consulting, LLC, Atlanta, GA; Dr. Femi Vance, Field Consultant, National Summer Learning Association, Lemon Grove, CA

You have community partners who understand how summer learning can benefit youth. So, what’s next? We know that cross-sector coordination is needed to bring summer learning to scale. Come to this session to delve into our Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems, a framework for building high-quality summer learning systems. Using this framework you and your partners can develop a robust and sustainable summer learning system.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Supporting a Creative Generation: Practical Tools for Your Pedagogy and Organization
Jeff M. Poulin, Managing Director, Creative Generation, Washington, D.C.

The next generation will face the most pressing challenges of our time. The research seeks to understand youth and their development through innovative educational means, like creativity, technology, and social/emotional well-being. In this workshop, dive deep into the theories of the Creative Generation towards shifting educational practice and organizational infrastructure. Attendees will discuss new and disruptive ideas towards re-imagining our systems and application to professional contexts.
Strand: Staff Leadership 

Transforming Our Youth Programs - Promising Practices in SEL
Moderator: Pilar Alvarez, Education Director, Young Storytellers, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists: G. Jinger Alvarez, LCSW, Mental Health Consultant, Los Angeles Unified School District, LA's BEST Afterschool Program, Los Angeles, CA; Katie Brackenridge, Partnership Director, Turnaround For Children, Oakland, CA; Jasmine Castleberry, Project Director, Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX; Kristin Lorey, Community and Culture Director, Young Storytellers, Los Angeles, CA

Social-Emotional Learning is an important guide for navigating experiences and promoting success in life. These skills are powerful predictors of important youth outcomes such as academic achievement, college and career readiness, positive self-esteem and connection to our local and global communities. Come learn from practitioners about the program models, staff practices, and successful partnerships that have shown success and learn ways you can enhance the SEL aspect of your culture on all levels of your program or organization.
Strand: Panel

Turning Crickets into Stories: Active and Reflective Processing Practices for SEL Outcomes
Justin McGlamery, Chief Locus Focuser, Focus Your Locus Teambuilding, Training, & Development, Hartford, CT

Have you ever had that group and it seemed as though they had a great learning experience, but when you ask a follow-up question or try to process the activity you are met with only silence and the sound of crickets? In experiential learning, the reflective processing portion of the program is equally important as the experience or learning activity itself. Workshop participants will learn a variety of activities and effective reflection/processing techniques for optimal SEL outcomes.
MLA, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

Thursday, April 29


25 TOOLS IN 120 MINUTES to Rock Your Program!
Eric Rowles, CEO, Leading to Change, Huntersville, NC

Get ready for a LIGHTNING round of FREE proven tools and strategies to raise your youth engagement game. We'll cover the BEST of technology, program design, media, funding, and even after school/parent communication methods. You'll leave with your head spinning, a handout of resources, and NEW ideas to take back to your program!
MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Collaborative Approach to Using Data
Shelby Feliciano-Sabala, Director of Data & Evaluation; Omar Aguiar, Data Operations Manager, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA

This workshop will present a model for collaborative evaluation and data-sharing in a large, multi-site and multi-level organization. Through intentional data collection, training, debriefing, and continuous quality improvement, we have developed a model that involves program staff in the design, implementation, and sharing of data to improve program quality. Utilizing technology, stakeholder buy-in, and constant communication has enabled us to facilitate effective and meaningful data reflection sessions to all levels of staff in all regions of our organization.
Strand: Think Together Workshop Strand

Cracked Up: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma
Moderator: Jessica Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Data & Research, AMIkids, Inc., Tampa, FL

In Cracked Up, we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist, and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Behind the scenes, Darrell suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury, addiction, and misdiagnosis, until the right doctor isolated the key to unlocking the memories his brain kept locked away for over 50 years. Cracked Up creates an inspiring balance between comedy and tragedy helping us understand the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope.
Strand: Film Festival

Elementary Math Games for Fact Fluency and Place Value Using Dominoes and Dice
John Felling, Consultant - Author, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Alberta

Come prepared to play our newest games for Fact Fluency and Place Value. Participants will be using our student's favorite math manipulatives, Dominoes, and Dice. Participants will learn ways to differentiate games to meet the needs of all learners including ELL and special ed students. Gameboards, journal ideas, and student samples will be shared throughout. Come prepared to shake, rattle, and roll your way math success!
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development & Quality

Equity, Quality, and CQI - Creating a Framework for Equitable Quality Through CQI
Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA 

We CAN Conversation/Training: Join our session as we discuss the intersections of Equity, Quality, and CQI. Equity is not a what, it’s a how. When we talk about putting equity at the center of quality and continuous quality improvement, what we are saying is that we have to change the way we do things. We will be working with participants to get input and feedback on how to use a new framework developed with our partnership with EquityXDesign. Participants will practice using the framework by applying to situations in their actual programs. 
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

The Fulcrum/BOOST Olympics -  Creating and Implementing a Unique and Engaging Staff Development Celebratory Experience!
Leo VanWarmerdam, Director of Training and Development; Todd Creekmore, Lead Facilitator, Fulcrum Adventures, Los Angeles, CA 

Join Fulcrum for an engaging workshop on how to organize and execute a staff development/celebration day for your organization! You will have the opportunity to participate in a Fulcrum Olympics experience which will involve interactive activities, friendly competition, and the creation of a transportation vehicle that you get to race! Fulcrum will be offering tips and tricks on how to make this style day your own to bring your staff together in a unique, meaningful, and celebratory way.
Strand: Staff Leadership

Global Service Learning as a Tool for Building Empathy and Kickstarting Social Action
Bibi Al-Ebrahim, Education Director; Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director, Amizade, Pittsburgh, PA; Arlene Kee, Assistant Director for Youth Services, Education Authority for Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Global service-learning and high-impact travel programs have been traditionally accessed only by the wealthy. Data shows that these experiences are not stand alone, but rather incite a long-lasting positive impact on young people for the rest of their lives. This interactive session will explore the successes and challenges that the partnership between the Education Authority of Northern Ireland and Amizade have experienced in creating opportunities for travel and service to large numbers of young people.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Older Youth 

Innovative Practices in Career Readiness
Moderator: Bill Fennessy, Director of Community Partnerships and Work-based Learning, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA
Panelists: Rebecca Brown, Director, Youth Development Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA; Farrah Farnese, Sr. Director, External Relations, Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia Youth Network, PA; Vereaux Reynolds, CEO, Rising Tide Professional Services, Los Angeles, CA; David Lo, Senior Program Manager, California Society of CPAs, Glendale, CA 

A skilled and robust workforce is essential to the future of America’s economy. Hear from national leaders how they are exploring career integration across sectors to create high-quality programming and career experiences for young people and prepare them for the future workforce. Learn how these programs are meeting participant needs, employer expectations, and how youth are gaining skills to thrive in a professional culture.
Strand: Panel; Program Development, Design & Quality

Jazz at Lincoln Center: Jazz up Your Afterschool Program!
Jenn Conner, Director, Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, Foundations, Inc, Mount Laurel, NJ; Seton Hawkins, Director, Education Resources and Public Programming, Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Join Jazz at Lincoln Center and Foundations, Inc. to learn about a new, one-of-a-kind jazz curriculum created exclusively for Mizzen by Mott! This toe-tapping workshop will have you on your feet with interactive lessons that are easy to implement. These learning experiences will engage young people – not only in music appreciation but in history, social studies, dance, science and more. No music experience is necessary. The Mizzen by Mott app is free to afterschool professionals through support from the Mott Foundation. Be among the first in your field to experience this exciting curriculum!
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Older Youth

Maximizing the “New Found” Potentials of Adolescence in Afterschool and Summer Programs
Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Femi Vance, Ph.D., Researcher, American Institutes for Research, Oakland, CA  

If you work with middle school and high school youth this session is for you! For many years the primary focus for many in the learning field (both in school and in expanded learning) has been early childhood development and "reading on grade level” by the end of elementary school. These topics are important, but they leave out the needs of youth 12-18 years of age. Recent studies and promising practices tell us a lot about how critical adolescent years are to our life trajectories. “Although adolescence is often thought of as a time of turmoil and risk for young people, it is more accurately viewed as a developmental period rich with opportunity for youth to learn and grow,” declared a 2019 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Additionally, early findings from a UC-Irvine study indicate the gains from high-quality early childhood experiences may be multiplied by high-quality afterschool experiences in middle and high school. This session will explore these new and exciting scientific findings and how opportunities and partnerships in afterschool and summer can be better designed and delivered to maximize this “new found potential.”
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall 

Resilience Can Be Taught: Strategies to Build Resilience in Every Student
Christian Moore, Founder, WhyTry Organization, Provo, UT

Resilience is something we’re all born with. Learn about vital skills of resilience and 3 keys to creating a resilient climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school but in life.
Strand: Staff Leadership

SEL is Everywhere: Making It Work in Your Program
Robb Armstrong, Program Manager, Dylan's Wings of Change, Canton, CT; Justin McGlamery, Wingman, Dylan's Wings of Change, Hartford, CT

SEL is the process through which we understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Boiled down, this can be referred to as basic human skills. We all are using elements of this in our everyday lives. This workshop will use hands-on activities to spur conversations and discuss how to view your programming through SEL lenses and refocus the outcomes of activities you may already be using.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

Skillastics: Physical Activity Made Simple
Sandy Slade, CEO & Founder, Skillastics, Corona, CA

Is your staff overwhelmed? Is it impossible to motivate kids to move? The Skillastics® Program makes it easy for you & or your staff to organize, motivate & engage kids to move learn & love it! You’ll leave this session with an understanding of the Skillastics® Program & learn why it’s the #1 large group physical active resource used in over 25,000 AS & PE programs nationwide! Also, walk away from this workshop with numerous FREE instant activities that you can implement immediately.
Strand: Large Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Sustainability

Social and Emotional Learning for Creativity and Team Culture
Kristin Lorey, Community and Culture Director; Pilar Alvarez, Education Director; Liviera Lim, Training and Curriculum Specialist, Young Storytellers, Los Angeles, CA

Social and Emotional Learning is essential for our students to be successful. What’s often overlooked is how important these skills are for our staff and leaders, and how intentionally teaching them to our teams can strengthen staff and community culture. Join us to learn how SEL can be used to promote creativity in our students through the act of storytelling, and how the same skills can be used to build a staff and organizational culture of empathy, kindness, resilience, and compassion.
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality; Staff Leadership; Sustainability

Social Justice Perspectives
Dr. Bettina Love, Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Through interactive activities, this Master Class will help attendees examine their own perspectives of their social justice work and ideas about diversity, privilege, and intersectionality. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how institutional power that reproduces injustice, social exclusion, and oppression, despite our best efforts, is embedded in our social justice work.
Attendees will also learn about GET FREE, a multimedia Hip Hop civics curriculum for youth and young adults with the goal to introduce students to a national network of young community leaders, artists, and activists who advocate for social change and democratic inclusion driven by grassroots organizing. GET FREE is inspired by the exuberance, ingenuity, political energy, resistance, love, and DIY model of underground Hip Hop. Its aim is to push and extend ideas of democracy, citizenship, freedom, community, civic engagement, and intersectional justice.
Strand: Master Class

Supporting Transgender/Non-Binary Youth
Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director; Al Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator, TransFamily Support Services, San Diego, CA

Led by one of the country’s leading authorities on supporting transgender/non-binary youth and their family, this session will give you the tools and resources you need to more deeply understand issues around gender, and use this knowledge to support and empower our youth. Leave with powerful, practical strategies that work.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

System Building Beyond the Bell
Fausto A. Lopez, Content Area Specialist, American Institutes for Research, Chicago, IL; Amy Anderson, Senior Manager, Experiential Learning; Jahaziel Hiriart, Senior Manager, Social & Emotional Well-Being, The Opportunity Project, Tulsa, OK

Developing powerful environments where youth can thrive requires coordination, critical backbone services, and a commitment to quality improvement. The current focus on SEL creates an opportunity for alignment across learning settings. Join us for this interactive session focusing on integrating learning systems through quality expanded learning opportunities. We will highlight promising practices in coordinating the alignment of strategies across learning settings in Tulsa, OK.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Wellness + Mindset + Coaching = Stronger Workforce: Wellness Pathway to Meet the Demand of the Workplace
Elvy Garcia, Regional Director; Majanaye Anderson, Program Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles, CA

Most of us spend our waking hours in service to our students and staff. If not at work, we are thinking about ways to enhance and to solve program needs sending us to the brink of burnout. Join our circle to learn principles of mindset, wellness, and coaching practices to support individual and team growth.  Prepare yourself as we explore the pathways to a stronger workforce beyond the day-to-day demands of our community and organizational needs. 
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

You Gotta Laugh! Using Laughter and Humor to Strengthen Your OST Program
Clint Darr, Afterschool Regional Educator, Missouri Afterschool Network, Fulton, MO

Laughter: the best medicine for our kids AND us! Embrace the power of laughter and how it can improve your out of school time program and energize you, your staff, and your students! Learn the social-emotional benefits of laughter and practice laughter yoga techniques with a certified laughter yoga instructor. When not ROTFL, learn techniques, tips, and strategies for using humor and laughter in your out of school time program as well as in your personal life.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality


Advocating for Afterschool in the 2020 Elections
Alexis Steines, Senior Director of Field Outreach; Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, D.C.

Election season is here - as afterschool advocates, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard! Join us as we discuss strategies and share ideas on how we can ensure afterschool is a part of the conversation with candidates and elected officials.  The Afterschool Alliance will share guides and sample copy from their Election Toolkit. Need inspiration? Learn from examples of how advocates are speaking up about the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs in their communities. The session will also feature the Afterschool Alliance’s Census toolkit, so you can not only advocate for afterschool, but also make sure every person is counted.
Strand: Sustainability

Beauty of Their Dreams
Moderator: Bryn Drescher, Facilitator, EduCare, Van Nuys, CA

GIRLS + EDUCATION = increased economic growth, improved well-being of women, and extended life span. This one-hour Emmy award-winning documentary demonstrates how people of faith can positively impact the problem of educational gender disparity.
Strand: Film Festival

Build Community, Not Disunity
David Tuero, Sr. Director Out-of-School Programs; Jimena Toscano, Regional Director Out-of-School Programs; Carmen Alvarez-Esparza, Out-of-School Traveling Program Supervisor, Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles, CA

Join the fun in our hands-on interactive approach to building community within your program. Learn various activities that will help you & your students get to know each other while creating strong bonds & ties. Building community within your program is a proactive way to ensure all students feel welcomed, acknowledged, part of the group, as well as curve behavioral issues. Promoting a student’s positive overall social-emotional wellbeing. Did I mention we’ll have treats? Well, we will!
CB, DS, E, M
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development & Quality

Creating a Sustainable Self-Care Plan Through Introspective Journaling
Scott Amick, Youth Programs Director, Odyssey Teams, Chico, CA

Self-care is so much more than a trip to the day spa. Through this system of journaling, participants will use good old-fashioned pen and paper to have a conversation with "the voice inside their heads.” Created in the wake of rebuilding from a catastrophic wildfire in Northern California, this workshop will encourage an introspective journey that will yield a gentle mirror towards habits that exist inside our comfort zones - especially during times of high stress.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Sustainability; Older Youth

Cultivating Meaningful District Partnerships
Irene Bobadilla, General Manager: San Gabriel Valley; Samira Mejia, Director of Program & Operations, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA; Garry Creel, Director of Child Welfare & Attendance, Azusa Unified School District, Azusa, CA 

This workshop will demonstrate the opportunities and strategies to partner with districts that cultivate meaningful collaboration and learning that meets the needs of students K-12.
Strand: Think Together Workshop Strand

Develop Emotional Intelligence with The +|- Code
Eloi Delmonico, Director, Source Code Technology, Essex Junction, Switzerland

The +|- Code is a school and after-school program to help students develop their emotional Intelligence. It helps children and teenagers improve their discernment and better understand their emotions and environment. Learn about a unique tool to decode fake news, facial expressions, to solve conflicts, and make better choices. It is also a fun interactive and instructional game to enjoy with friends, educators, and parents!
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase; Older Youth

Drug Trends & Prevention
Jim Crittenden, Program Specialist, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA; Joe Eberstein, Program Manager, San Diego County Marijuana Prevention Initiative, San Diego, CA

This session will explore drug trends and common drugs of abuse with today’s teens. We will explore the "opioid crisis", vaping, marijuana, and other popular trends. The session will explore the effects of substances on the adolescent brain and new reports on the vaping epidemic. The presenters will also share best practices and strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth 

Evaluation, Assessment, and Research
Moderator: Dr. Ginger Shea, Manager, Special Programs and Services, Oxnard School District, Oxnard, CA
Panelists: Regino Chávez, Director of Evaluation, LA’s Best, Los Angeles, CA; Robert Caples, Director, Capture, Albuquerque, NM; Dr. Courtney Dowdall, Director of Research and Evaluation, Area Resources for Community and Human Resources, St. Louis, MO

What’s a dashboard? Why is data important to my afterschool program? How do I use data for my afterschool program? This panel of experts will walk participants through different aspects of using data to maximize your program’s potential through evaluation, assessment, and research. The experts on this panel will share tips and strategies around collecting and applying data to the success of your program.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Get Ready, Get Set… Code!!!
Steven L. Willis, STEAM Program Manager; Devin Swift-Bailey, Maker Lab Assistant, Chicago Youth Centers, Chicago, IL

There is an opportunity during out-of-school time to develop intentional and innovative programs that can help supplement or enrich youths’ academics skills. Get Ready, Get Set… Code presents one of the many fun ways that a coding club can be implemented in a way that reinforces science and math knowledge.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Innovation Meets Rural Revitalization: Saving Our Community Schools
Jason Crawford, Superintendent, USD 283 and The Ag Experience, Longton, KS

Small school districts across the country are finding themselves quickly losing their relevance and ability to sustain appropriate educational opportunities for students due to changing economics and declining enrollment. Listen to how one local community is changing their destiny by providing unique opportunities for students across the county to join and live on-site in a program called The Ag Experience.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability

Law Enforcement as Partners & Advocates in Expanded Learning Programs
Moderator: Catherine Van Ness, Associate Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Washington, D.C.
Panelists: Eric Gurna, President and CEO, LA's BEST, Los Angeles, CA; Marilyn Hite Ross, State’s Attorney, Winnebago County, IL; Susan Manheimer, Chief of Police, San Mateo Police Department, San Mateo, CA

The value of out-of-school time programs for youth development and as an alternative to incarceration may be self-evident to many of us. However, for those less familiar, the connection is not so apparent. In this session, hear from experts who have made this connection for different stakeholders; that out-of-school-time programs are both a prevention and intervention strategy for youth, including new research from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids on the “Prime Time for Juvenile Crime.”
Strand: Panel; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability

Securing Sustainable Funding
Dr. Andria “Andi” Fletcher, Consultant, Sacramento, CA

This exciting workshop will inspire you to think differently about how you approach fund development and provide you with the tools you’ll need to secure balanced, diversified, and sustainable investments in your program. More than 35,000 participants have already benefitted from this innovative, proven strategy and you can, too!
ULA, CB, E, M, H
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability 

Summer Time Engaging Madness (STEM) - Engaging Youth and Families in the Sun
Robin Galas, Director; Farin Young, Outreach Specialist, Hayward Promise Neighborhoods, Hayward, CA

Participants will receive best practices in creating a summer camp that allows 4th to 7th-grade students to receive college credit while promoting STEM and sports activities. The success of the program is due to the effort given to engage families and provide a safe learning environment.
DS, E, M, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

A Trauma-Informed Approach to SEL and Relationship Building
Jessica Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Data & Research, AMIkids, Inc., Tampa, FL

Trauma-responsive care can help children increase their resiliency and recover from exposure to traumatic events. AMIkids, Inc. has developed and implemented trauma-informed practices and trauma-responsive training nationwide that focuses on building resilience and strengthening SEL skills through the AMIkids Personal Growth Model©. Attendees will review the training materials and resources, including tools to identify trauma and service needs, as well as learn how AMIkids demonstrates their effectiveness on SEL.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Yoga: A Self-Regulation Tool
Christina Aanenson, OST Supervisor, Hopkins Kids & Company, Minnetonka, MN

In this workshop participants will learn some yoga tips and tricks to use with their students including how yoga can be used as a self-regulation tool or a fun group activity.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

You Are an Afterschool Advocate, Get Tools to Support You!
Heather Williams, Director of Policy & Outreach, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Training: Do you care about afterschool? Do you wish you could advocate on behalf of afterschool for more resources, supports, and access for youth, but don’t know how? In this session we will help you understand the difference between advocating and lobbying and how anyone can be an advocate! You don’t have to travel all the way to Washington DC or Sacramento, you can make a difference right in your town. We will also share newly released resources from CAN and our other partners that can help support your efforts. 
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand; CA Only

Young, Educated, and Diverse... We Think
Aleah Rosario, Senior Specialist, Workforce Development, Foundation for California Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA

A lack of comprehensive understanding of the afterschool workforce limits our ability to design programs and policies that best support them. Hear about current efforts to advance the workforce, and help build national momentum around defining, understanding, and promoting afterschool as a robust and viable career pathway. Leave with knowledge and tools to move us all toward the recognition and professionalization that the afterschool workforce deserves.
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; Staff Leadership; Sustainability


#litleadership: Impact of Implementing a Culture for Developing Up and Coming Leaders
Dr. Sandra Cano, High School Field Coordinator; Victor Guzman, Area Program Supervisor; Jesse Oliveros, Program Coordinator, Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA

Participants will walk away with strategies on building sustainable systems and structures that promote leadership capacity in expanded learning programs. Join the Beyond the Bell team in this interactive workshop focused on leadership development centered around youth and staff.
CB, DS, E, M, H 
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development & Quality

Advancing Health Equity through School-Community Partnerships
Moderator: Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, D.C.
Panelists: Dr. Marie Pinto, CEO, ProYouth, Visalia, CA; Lora Caudill, Director of Equity, Los Angeles Unified School District - South, Los Angeles, CA; Carlos Santini, Executive Vice President of Programs, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA

Teaching health and wellness both in and out of school time is gaining momentum and is proving vital to the academic success of all students, particularly those from underserved and low-income neighborhoods. In this panel session, participants will hear from leaders in the field of youth wellness and learn exemplary practices for both in school and in expanded learning.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability

All Power to the Program!
Khariyyah Shabazz, Operational Programmatic Director; Vannary Jim, Programmatic School-Based Director, Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp., Oakland, CA

Our workshop will focus on the enriching process of taking after school activities and transforming them into community initiatives. By sharing our stories in an interactive and engaging way, we will illustrate how HG's WFD, Brookfield Greening Project, and Strong Behavior Health cultivated momentum with partnerships that gradually led to outside funding. We will explain our best practices on how to build from the services that are embedded within your program.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Building a Trauma-Informed Environment: How to Get Kids Back on Track
Renae M. Dupuis, Director, RESPITE Program & Trauma Specialist, OC United, Fullerton, CA

Please join us at this important introductory Trauma-Informed Environments workshop to understand the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience), learn about the prevalence of trauma in our schools and communities how neurodevelopment is affected, hear an overview of TBRI® and learn more about the principles that will help you to build a connected and safe environment for children from hard places, and receive practical takeaway tools & interventions for classroom or afterschool program use.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership

Building Student Confidence and Critical Mindsets through Design Challenges
Erica Barrueto, Senior Director, The Bowers Institute, The Tech Interactive, San Jose, CA; Delaney Bantillo, Middle School Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA

Learn how The Tech and Breakthrough implemented a design-challenge curriculum for first-gen college-bound 7th graders! Design Challenge Learning engages students in a design process to solve real-world problems. Students build, collaborate, persevere, and think critically through an open-ended process that results in a team-driven solution. Design challenges engage all students, including those that don’t see themselves as STEM capable and gives them a chance to showcase many skills.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Building the Workforce
Ricardo "Rick" Castro, Regional Director; Betty Lopez, Program Coordinator, Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA

Is your workforce facing challenges? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has deemed soft skills to be the biggest gap in the United States. Training your workforce in these vital skills will enable your employees to think innovatively, communicate more effectively, and accept feedback. Join us, as we share the tools LAUS-Beyond the Bell is implementing to empower their employees to collaborate, lead, and change the workforce. Together we can close the skills gap and impact the expanded learning field.
MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development & Quality

Creating a Culture of Inclusion with Older Youth
Gloria Alday, Director of Program & Operations – Older Youth; Melissa Arambula, Family & Community Coordinator – Shalimar, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA

This workshop will introduce the mindset, knowledge, and awareness to assess our unconscious bias so that older youth leaders can begin to create a culture of inclusion for older youth students.
Strand: Think Together Workshop Strand; Older Youth

Moderator: TBD

For most of the 20th Century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.
Strand: Film Festival

Expanded Learning as Centers of Whole Child Health & Wellness
Jeff Davis, Executive Director; Heather Williams, Director of Policy & Outreach; Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Input Session: There is rising recognition that Expanded Learning environments promote the physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth that participate in these programs. Federal (21st CCLC programs) and State (i.e. ASES) funding streams provide an infrastructure to create Expanded Learning programs as centers of whole-child health and wellness. CAN is currently engaged in a multi-sector, collaborative planning effort to establish a statewide strategic plan that identifies Expanded Learning programs as the vehicle to advance whole child-whole family health and wellness. Come learn more about this work and where we are today. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the current draft plan and provide input to the workgroup.
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

Meeting of the Minds - Improving Education and Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
Tia Martinez, JD, CEO, Forward Change Consulting, San Francisco, CA; Dr. Rebecca Celes Mendiola, CEO, Collective Impact Solutions, San Diego, CA; Rhonda Beasley, Coordinator, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA

A collective impact effort bringing together national, state and local key stakeholders with expertise in evidence-based practices and specific areas to begin the conversation of using one system of supports, a shared agenda, and a specific set of measurable outcomes in order to help county agencies, CBOs and school districts align their resources and needs to improve education and dismantle the school to prison pipeline. In this session, participants will be able to understand how the MTSS framework, implementation science, and improvement science will be used to support this collective impact effort.  Participants will also be a part of a discussion with national, state and local experts bridging the regular school day to expanded learning in order to support cradle to career efforts.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality
 *This workshop will run until 5:45PM

Playworks - Education Energized!
Alejandra Liera, Program Manager; Bertina Denogean, Regional Partnership Director; Phil Dizon, Regional Partnership Director, Playworks, Carson, CA

Playworks - Education Energized! Take away key strategies to run a fast, smooth, program. Experience new, inclusive, games and activities with a focus on SEL.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships

Promising Practices in Family Engagement
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: Sheila James, Regional Manager, COSA, Columbus, OH; Sarita Sashington, Strategic Relations Mgr., Be Strong Families, Matteson, IL; Rachel Gonzalez Martinez, Director of Training and Capacity Building; Tina Ochoa, Vice President of Programs, Families in Schools, Los Angeles, CA 

Engaging families as part of the solution illustrates the importance of shared responsibility in family and community engagement. Participants will listen and learn from a dynamic panel about innovative family engagement practices currently working within their communities, with the goal of improving students’ education.
Strand: Panel

Raise Your Voice: Make Afterschool a Priority in your Community and Across California
Jennifer Peck, President & CEO, Partnership for Children & Youth; Jen Dietrich, Director of Policy, Partnership for Children & Youth, El Cerrito, CA

What does your program need to address the challenges it’s facing? What is at stake for youth and families in your community? Join the discussion and shape California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance’s (CA3) priorities to protect, improve, and grow afterschool programs in California. You’ll also get practical tips for building support for your program in your community and in the State Capitol. CA3 led the campaigns to secure an extra $100 million for California’s state-funded afterschool programs. 
Strand: BOOST Nation Town Hall; CA Only

Why Youth Development Works? The Brain, Adversity, and Your Program
Katie Brackenridge, Partnership Director, Turnaround For Children, Oakland, CA

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ work on the health and educational impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is compelling and alarming. Turnaround For Children translates the science behind toxic stress and the brain into practical and powerful strategies for educators. The good news is that many of these practices are already embedded in quality youth programs. Come learn how the science of learning and development can validate and advance your best work.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H 
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Yoga Flow
Jenny White, Owner, MoonRise Self Care, Denver, CO

End your day with some Zen! Concentrate on your physical and mental well-being while exploring some basic postures and breathing techniques to help balance your body and mind. All levels welcome. Namaste. *Bring a yoga mat or towel if you have one.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE 
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Friday, April 30


Art Projects to Engage Families in Wellness
Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, D.C.

Get ready to tape, paint, mold, stencil, and DIY your way to health-focused family engagement! Come ready to be creative and get a little messy. You'll leave with fun ideas to engage families in nutrition and physical activity through art.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Be Money Smart With the High School Financial Planning Program
David Lo, Senior Program Manager, California Society of CPAs, Glendale, CA

The National Endowment for Financial Education's High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) is a turnkey financial literacy program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of teens. The program is intended for in-person teaching. It works well in classrooms, workshops and one-on-one situations.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

Career Exploration Integration Into High-Quality Arts Programming
Rebecca Brown, Director, Youth Development Programs; Stacy Ruff, Director, Youth Development Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA

A skilled and robust workforce is essential to the future of America’s economy, and according to a 2019 LinkedIn study, one of the top skills employers are looking for most is creativity. This interactive workshop provides practical tools to help Youth Development Professionals across sectors create engaging high-quality Arts programming, experiences, and environments for young people to explore creative careers and practice social-emotional skills that prepare them for the future workforce.
CB, DS, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Changing the Narrative: Using SEL and Equity as the Foundation for Systems Change
Jeff Davis, Executive Director; Heather Williams, Director of Policy & Outreach; Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Conversation/Training: In the session, participants will start to understand what systems thinking is, identify the systems in which they exist and have influence, and begin to understand how empathy and equity can begin to redefine what transformational change and success in a system could really look like. Participants will begin to unpack their personal mastery journey by exploring self-awareness and self-management to understand the beliefs, values, and cultural experiences that inform and make them the individuals they are. Participants will apply that understanding to delve into how those influences inform how they engage with the larger world (connection to systems). They will then apply an equity lens to use that knowledge to understand how to expand and possibly re-define their personal experiences and influence to support building more equitable systems for all by impacting their social awareness, relationship and decision-making skills to consider people and situations they may not have been previously considered.
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

CQI - A Model for Programs, Partnerships, and Site Level Staff
Emily Tay, Project Coordinator; Sue Gevedon, Expanded Learning Program Specialist, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA

Having a culture of CQI is critical to a program’s success. But what does it really take to implement CQI at the site level? Come learn about the CQI journey taken by expanded learning programs in LA County. Hear from agencies about their experience with changing work culture, learn best practices, and get hands-on with tools. Let’s move beyond seeing “quality” as a check in the compliance box, to incorporating practices that shift the culture and allows for embedding quality improvement daily.
MLA, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Energize your Emergency Drills! 
Sherry Colgan Stone, Ed.D., Emergency Preparedness & Security Manager, Chula Vista Elementary School District, Chula Vista, CA 

Emergency drills can be energizing, empowering and fun.  Yes….FUN! They don’t always have to look like emergency drills and the students don’t need to know that they practicing for an emergency!  Come learn both traditional and non-traditional ways to teach students to respond to emergencies. This will be an interactive workshop, loaded with great ideas for energizing your before and after school emergency procedures.  
MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Staff Leadership

Expand Our Voice for Advocacy
Angelina Hernandez, Director of Strategic Projects; Cindy Martinez, Director of Program & Operations, Think Together, Santa Ana, CA

Fiscal sustainability is imperative to the viability of expanded learning programs and their commitment to positive youth development. This workshop examines successful advocacy efforts launched in California to sustain afterschool programs and explores effective strategies for future civic engagement.
Strand: Think Together Workshop Strand

Girls Who Code and You: Building Partnerships to Teach Girls to Code and Change the World
Dr. Anna Katz, Regional Partnership Coordinator; Valerie Tomici, Manager, Community Partnerships & Outreach, Girls Who Code, Culver City, CA

Women hold less than a quarter of U.S. computing jobs and this number is declining. Schools, districts, and community partners can play critical roles in closing the gender gap in technology and inspiring and equipping girls to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Join us to learn more about how your organization can partner with Girls Who Code to empower young women to access tech opportunities and change the world through computer science.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Go WILD: Exploring Natural Phenomena for All Ages
Lauren Bergh, Zoo Education Specialist, Project WILD Coordinator, Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana, CA

Go WILD for All Ages presents Project WILD activities, resources and philosophy, and a hands-on, interactive workshop for both formal and informal educators. Come PLAY as we try a variety of activities from Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD, and Growing Up WILD, and explore how activities can be adapted for students of all ages and all abilities. Activities include STEM components, home expansions, and career connections. Participants receive full copies of all activities presented.
MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships

Redefining Juvenile Justice and Youth Outreach from a Developmental Approach
Dr. Kathleen Van Antwerp, Co-Executive Director; Senta Greene, Co-Executive Director, Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., Ventura, CA

This workshop learning experience will offer a comprehensive, evidence-based educational curriculum for youth, parents, community providers, and law enforcement officers in the science of child and adolescent development to intercept and divert youth violence, crime, and delinquency. Our educational model focuses on enhancing academic performance and the social-emotional well-being of youth and fostering emotional well-being and resilience by providing safety, stability, and consistency.
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Supercharge Your Project-Based Learning
Fred Jones, CEO/Owner, Afterschool Guru, Los Angeles, CA

Project-based learning (PBL) is fun! But, when implemented correctly, it also becomes a powerful tool to teach 21st Century skills and to energize your program! Join our interactive hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design and administer powerful PBL activities that students will wholeheartedly embrace! Learn how to encourage your students to think outside of the box and to take ownership of their own education! Bring your imaginations, a sense of humor, and an open mind!
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Teaching Students to Lead the Way in Restorative Practices
KishaLynn Elliott, Director, Program Evaluation and Restorative Practices Trainer, Monarch School, San Diego, CA

What happens when you put the power to build community and repair harms into the hands of students? This hands-on workshop will walk you step-by-step through Monarch's processes for training and engaging students in restorative practices. Attendees will hear best practices and lessons learned through building student restorative leadership in a fun and engaging way. Share power and challenge the growth of your students by equipping them with restorative skills for life!
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Tre Maison Dasan
Moderator: Tasha Franklin Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Character Development Learning Institute, Chicago, IL

Tre Maison Dasan is an intimate view of childhood through the eyes of three boys - Tre, Maison, and Dasan themselves - whose lives are complicated by having a parent in prison. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood, and directly through their perspectives, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age when a parent is behind bars.
Strand: Film Festival

Workshop legend 2021

Please note: Name badges are required to attend all BOOST Conference events including all meals and all workshops.

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