Bridge Conference 2017

The premier conference for expanded learning professionals in the Pacific Northwest is returning to the University of Washington October 16 & 17, 2017!

Our theme this year is Together We Rise. What does it take for young people to thrive? Creating inclusive environments for young people goes beyond offering fun enrichment and quality academic supports. Young people also need places where they can heal wounds created by exclusion and inequity. Young people need tools and supports to empower them to become change agents. 

Together We Rise means programs, communities and families work together to advocate for inclusive programs. We will ensure young people are not just resilient, but are self-aware; not just leaders, but thoughtful individuals invested in their futures and the future of their communities. Highlighted sessions include community organizing, engaging families, being a change agent within our programs and communities.

Pricing Information

Register Early & Save! Registrations made before September 15th get $50 discount over registrations made afterwards.

Scholarships Available for Licensed School-Age Programs

Good news for licensed school-age care providers! SOWA is offering a limited number of full scholarships to attend our 2017 Bridge Conference!

If you serve children and youth ages 5-12 and are licensed by the Department of Early Learning, you are eligible for this opportunity. All you need to do is fill out this form to apply for a scholarship covering a full registration.

Apply for a Scholarship »

Scholarships available for afterschool and youth development providers working in rural Oregon and Northern California

Thanks to the generous support of the Ford Family Foundation, we are offering scholarships along with travel stipends to afterschool and youth development providers working in rural Oregon and Northern California. To apply, fill out this brief application:

Apply for Oregon/NorCal Scholarship »

Hotel Reservations

We have reserved rooms at two hotels near the University of Washington for your convenience. Both hotels provide shuttle service to the campus.

Please reserve your hotel rooms as soon as possible. These discounted rates are only available until September 15th.

For all hotel reservations, please contact the hotels directly, and mention "School's Out Washington's Bridge Conference."

Watertown Hotel: $145 single/double occupancy
Reservations: Email, call 866-866-7977, or book online with the booking code 171015BRID.

Silver Cloud Inn: $149 King; $159 Double Queen
Reservations: Call 1-800-205-6940
Includes hot breakfast buffet and on-site parking.

Registration Period Price
Licensed School-Age Programs with Scholarship (Apply Now) $0
Full Price $475
Register Day of Conf. $500
Single-Day Registration $300

Keynote Speakers

We are very excited about our three keynote speakers, Karen Pittman, president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky , author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, and Techbridge Girls CEO Nikole Collins-Puri.

About Karen Pittman

Karen J. Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground training, technical assistance and supports.

Changing the odds for youth requires more than a focus on prevention. It requires a focus on helping young people develop the cognitive, social and emotional competencies needed to be successful in pursuing their education, work and life goals. We know much more about both the odds against young people that compound to create opportunity gaps and about strategies for supporting social and emotional skill building and resilience, helping youth to truly thrive. Pittman will explore equity, opportunity, readiness and environments and why they are all so essential to making real change.

Learn More About Karen »

About Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure. She has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades and is the author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You.

She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private practice doctors, tiny non-profits, massive state agencies, libraries, the Pentagon, alternative colleges, and Ivy League universities. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes–whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally.

Learn More About Laura »

About Nikole Collins-Puri

With deep experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Nikole Collins-Puri brings over 15 years of strong strategic leadership, organizational and fiscal management, and fund development skills to her role as Techbridge Girls CEO.

She writes, "The lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in the STEM sector is precisely why Techbridge Girls exists. For 17 years, we’ve worked to inspire girls from low-income communities to discover their passion for STEM. It’s not enough to state this problem; we must create a new narrative, environment, and social norms so that our girls feel they belong, can lead and can thrive within the field. Techbridge Girls educates, empowers, and exposes our girls to resources that propel them toward STEM so they are ready to overcome the inequities they will confront during this journey. Our job as educators is to take an active role in redefining the field so it’s inclusive for all to participate—at every level. This means diversifying the industry and using STEM to transform the lives of girls while creating economic mobility for their families and communities."

Learn More About Techbridge Girls »

Workshop Schedule

View the Bridge Conference 2017 schedule & directory.


Now in its 15th year, School’s Out Washington’s Bridge Conference brings together afterschool and youth development (AYD) professionals, school leaders (e.g. superintendents, principals and classroom teachers), funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country. The Conference focuses on cutting-edge research, resources and strategies relevant to strengthening the services that youth (in grades K-12) receive both in and out of school. In 2017, we will return to the Husky Union Building on the University of Washington campus and expect more than 400 attendees.

By sponsoring the Bridge Conference, your organization will gain access to a highly-educated, racially diverse group of dedicated professionals in the afterschool, youth development, and formal and informal education fields.

Sponsorship Levels Value
Networking Session Sponsor $10,000
Conference Strand Sponsor $5,000
Lunch Sponsor $5,000
Breakfast Sponsor $2,500
Attendee Packet Inserts $500 per item