Bridge Conference 2019

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Bridge Conference 2019: Looking Back, Facing Forward
October 28 - 29, 2019

At this premier conference in the Pacific Northwest, come engage and explore with other expanded learning professionals at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport in Renton.

Now in its 17th year, School’s Out Washington’s Bridge Conference brings together nationally renowned speakers, expanded learning professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and more to focus on: 

  • Engaging and interactive program practices
  • Educational equity
  • System thinking and partnership building 
  • Cutting-edge research, resources and strategies

2019 Bridge Conference: Looking Back, Facing Forward

As we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, how do we ensure that young people can draw upon the past to ground their cultural identities, and raise the advancement for equity to the forefront? How do we widen our lens to truly acknowledge the expertise young people hold? How can we transform the roots of our history and shift systems to uplift the cultural identities of this next generation?

This year’s theme, Looking Back, Facing Forward, explores the importance of culture and the role it plays in shaping and empowering young people and their communities. We will hear from speakers who will share their knowledge and strategies to better create systems, organizations, and programs that affirm their intersectional identities.

Stay tuned for more information regarding this year's thought-provoking keynotes!

Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters is also open! This is your opportunity to share your expertise, skills, and knowledge with a diverse group of afterschool and youth developments professionals, and leaders. School’s Out is looking for engaging presenters to deliver workshops that challenge and empower participants to think creatively and expand their own learning.

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Early Bird Registration

Licensed School-Age Programs

Not available at this time.

Systems Track (Invite Only)

Not available at this time.

Pricing Information


Register before August 30th to secure the full 2-day conference early bird rate of $475. After August 30 rates will increase to $525. Click here to register now.


Scholarships will be made available to Washington State licensed school-age providers via an application process on a first-come, first-served basis, so please check back for updates and to apply.

Hotel Reservations

School's Out Washington is thrilled to offer a special conference room rate of $185 a night at the spectacular Hyatt Regency Hotel on Lake Washington.

Reserve your room online.

You may also call to reserve your room, just make sure to reference the Bridge Conference.

These rates are only available through the end of September 2019. But the conference block may fill up quickly, so don’t delay!

Reserve your room now!

If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region.

Please note, if the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Registration Period Price
WA State Licensed School-Age Programs w/Scholarship TBA
Early Bird Rate
(Through Aug 31)
Standard Rate
(Through Sept 30)
Late Rate
(Through Oct 28)
One-Day Rate $325.00

Keynote Speakers

About Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. She is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

Learn more about Bettina and her work here and take a few minutes to watch Bettina Love at TEDxUGA.

Workshop Schedule

The 2019 Bridge Conference workshop schedule will be made available soon. Check back for updates and announcements.


As a sponsor of the Bridge Conference, your organization will gain access to a diverse group of dedicated professionals working in the afterschool, youth development, and formal and informal education fields. Year after year, participants rate the conference highly with excellent feedback on the quality of presenters, workshops, and opportunities to gain knowledge and skills to improve practices working with youth.

Sponsors of this conference will reach:

  • A prime regional audience of more than 450 expanded learning leaders, educators, policymakers and advocates looking for effective tools and resources to work with youth.
  • An extended network of more than 8,000 stakeholders serving tens of thousands of children in our region who receive regular news and updates about conference sponsors.
  • Thousands more reached through social media connected to School’s Out Washington and our many partners spanning the expanded learning and education sectors.

Contact Andrea Fullerton at (206) 336-6928 with any questions and to discuss potential sponsorship opportunities further.

Sponsorship Levels Value
Premier Sponsor $10,000
Champion Sponsor $5,000
Impact Sponsor $2,500
Trailblazer Sponsor $1,500
Community Sponsor $500