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Saturday, February 23
 

7:30am

Check-in | Networking Breakfast
Saturday February 23, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Cafeteria

9:00am

Opening Session
Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Auditorium

9:15am

Keynote | 27 Seconds: Discovering Your Life Changing Moments
One moment that lasted “27 Seconds” on the campus of the University of Notre Dame changed Jack Rolfe’s life forever! During his presentation, Mr. Rolfe reveals the events that led up to this experience and the creation of the School of Life Foundation. The participants are then introduced to a process in which they, too, can discover their own life changing moments. Jack’s keynote message is filled with videos, stories, and fun interaction which will accumulate with each attendee undergoing their own “27 Second” moment. Individuals will leave inspired and armed to take the message and method back to those they lead and the young people they serve.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Rolfe

Jack Rolfe

Founder and CEO, The School of Life Foundation
Mr. Rolfe is the Founder and CEO of the School of Life Foundation. This nonprofit organization has a mission to increase high school graduation rates and accomplishes this goal by working with at-risk students who are dropping out of school. The after-school program is currently found... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Auditorium

10:15am

Break
Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

**SESSION CANCELLED** 4-H Candy Company - Youth Entrepreneurship at Work! **SESSION CANCELLED**
**SESSION CANCELLED** 4-H Candy Company is an eight-week program that teaches youth cooking skills as well as basic business concepts. Youth engage in the processes of forming a company, designing and pricing products, and creating the candies. During this hands-on workshop session, participants will make a few of the candy recipes as well as complete some of the youth entrepreneurship activities, all of which are completely free to use with your program! **SESSION CANCELLED** 

Speakers
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Darlene Christensen

Associate Extension Professor, Utah State University Extension
Darlene Christensen has been with Utah State University Extension for 15 years. In addition to serving as the supervisor for Tooele County SNAP-ed program, she is the state-wide youth program coordinator.


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1082

10:30am

Assess Yourself!
Assess yourself before you finesse yourself. One key aspect to self-improvement as afterschool professionals is assessing our own daily interactions with youth, program protocols, and opportunities for engagement during activities. This session will walk attendees through a new self-assessment tool that is reflective of the School-Age Program Quality Assessment (PQA) Tool currently used by the Utah Afterschool Network across the state. You'll be dripping in finesse in no time. 

Speakers
avatar for Angel Gomez

Angel Gomez

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
As UAN’s personal office DJ, Angel Gomez has been known to shake his feet and groove to the beat from the comfort of his standing desk. Originally from West Los Angeles, he dabbled in the saxophone in his early years and developed an affinity for all things music, but since moving... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1087

10:30am

Healthy Youth X Design: Not Default!
Building a "team" or "group" context to living and learning requires less screen time and more social interaction. Systems thinking and acting offers children and youth opportunities to make informed decisions that lead to positive outcomes. Impulsive reactions to be "part of the group" often lead to dangerous pathways (i.e.) drugs, alcohol, gang membership, isolation, etc. Systems thinking is a cornerstone to creating a positive behavioral platform.

Speakers
avatar for David Compton

David Compton

Executive Director, Ron McBride Foundation
Dr. Compton spent 43 years in higher education. He has been a consultant and Board Member for numerous organizations including the World Leisure Association, National Recreation and Park Association, GP RED (Healthy Communities Planning), as well as his current position of Executive... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1080

10:30am

FUNDUCATION
This session will discuss ways and ideas to create a fun-based program with an educational purpose. Do you have kids that moan or groan when you tell them that you are going to do academics? Well come to this session and learn ways to make academics fun! Hide your academics in a fun package. Have you ever wanted to add more STEM activities? We will give you some back pocket or easy STEM activities that can be used in a pinch. We will also provide time for networking and idea sharing, so come with your own ideas and open minds. Together, we will turn boring into exciting!

Speakers
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Christina Brown

Site Coordinator, Carbon School District
Christina recently graduated with her Elementary Education degree and has been such a valuable asset to the Carbon School District and the Rising Raptors After School Program in Helper, UT. Christina has a passion of working with kids. She is an expert in working with the local community... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Parker

Jimmy Parker

Site Coordinator, Carbon School District - Rising Raptors
Jimmy Parker is a Site Coordinator at Carbon School District in Price, UT where he has been part of the program since the beginning. Jimmy has a unique background; for the 20 years prior to joining the Carbon School District, he was in Business in many roles including Business Owner... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1026

10:30am

Science Meets Design
Science is a topic that some students struggle to engage with and understand. Illustrations and animations have always been a part of the science story. With the rise of design/software and student interest in this subject, we should look at how and where design and science intersect and combine these subjects to increase student learning and engagement. In this discussion, we will look at ways in which students can learn science by creating 3D and 2D illustrations, infographics, and animation.

Speakers
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Chris Manfre

Designer and Design Mentor, Spy Hop
Chris Manfre is a designer/animator and mentor at Spy Hop in Salt Lake City. In addition to the subject of design, Chris is also passionate about science and believes that we can use the power of design to help people learn science. Chris has a degree in Biomedical Visualization from... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1008

10:30am

Step by Step STEM Stuff from the Utah Education Network
UEN has developed a traveling "exhibit" to share STEM resources available to all Utah families and Caregivers. This session will show attendees how to set up the interactive "exhibit" and engage K-8 students with specific resources. Topics include hypothesis and experiments; base rates and probable cause; random and selective sampling; confounded evidence and isolating variables; and experimental design and assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cohne

Lisa Cohne

Community Partnership Manager, Utah Education Network
Lisa Cohne, MSW - has been an an educator and leader for community partnerships and engagements for almost 15 years with the Utah Education Network.


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1025

10:30am

Building Strong Leaders
Calling all leaders! Come learn how to take the first steps in learning how to inspire staff to excellence while building strong volunteers and/or teen staff members. Leaders will analyze and workshop their current staff climate and structures to assess changes that need to be made and goals to be set to create a functioning, competent team. By empowering and supporting staff, we can encourage followers to transform into accountable and confident leaders who take their program to the next level. We will also discuss how to decrease staff turnover, build program sustainability, and strengthen a program's ties with the community - all through building strong leaders!

Speakers
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Jennifer Boyce

Afterschool Program Coordinator, South Kearns Elementary Afterschool Program
Jennifer Boyce is currently an afterschool program coordinator at South Kearns Elementary. Jennifer is dedicated to program planning having received a bachelor's degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a graduate degree in Public Health with an emphasis in... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1022

10:30am

What's Your Why?
We all have a reason for why we either need the afterschool program or why we work there. We all need to get to the root and passion for our work and what we provide for youth and parents. Why do parents need our programs? Why do kids come? Why do you choose to work there? If we know the answer to these questions, we can better serve the youth and families in our programs! This job is not a check-in/check-out type of job. For some, this program is a saving grace. This presentation will help you find your why and use it to be the best employee you can be while also creating the best program possible!

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Ward

Courtney Ward

Afterschool Coordinator/Supervisor, Davis School District
Courtney Ward has 3 kids of her own and sees the value in afterschool programs. She is a certified teacher with an ESL endorsement and has worked in afterschool for over 20 years through many capacities. She loves to find a school, see the need, and create an opportunity for families... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1018

10:30am

Keep Calm and DANCE! – Creating and increasing Physical Activity with Dance
You don’t have to be a dancer to provide high engaging dance opportunities in your afterschool program. OST providers across the country are already supporting the healthy development of young people, and the dance arts can be a great way to increase physical activity while youth express themselves through movement. Participants will move and groove in learning the benefits of creating a dance program. Backed up by the most recent HEPA and Arts in afterschool research, participants will see the impact a dance program can make for youth and dance away knowing how to teach a routine, provide stage performance tips, how to engage youth in their community with dance, and promote a healthy lifestyle with the performing arts. 

Speakers
avatar for Kira Coelho

Kira Coelho

Afterschool Program Supervisor, Salt Lake County Youth Services
Kira Coelho hails from Tulare, California. As a little girl with big dreams, Kira began dancing her way into the hearts of many with her superpower: youth advocacy. Fast forward to this side of Y2K, and Kira suited herself up with a bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1005

10:30am

Improving Outcomes for Children: The Importance of Child Abuse Prevention
Research has proven that Adverse Childhood Experiences, including child abuse, affect the health and well-being of our society and increase the risk of suicide, substance abuse, and mental and physical health issues. HB 286 mandates that all school personnel receive training to recognize and report child abuse. This interactive session will review the reasons for this training and will empower participants to better recognize abuse and provide support for children who are abused. It will also review mandatory reporting requirements. Free resources for empowering children to recognize, resist, and report abuse will also be reviewed and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Gwen Knight

Gwen Knight

Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Utah
Gwen Knight is the Executive Director for Prevent Child Abuse Utah. Prior to her work at PCAU, she was employed for 25 years for the Utah State Court System in District Court, Juvenile Court, and as for the Coordinator for the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1021

10:30am

Safe at School
This anti-harassment/bully-prevention seminar for educators, future educators, and others who work with youth will inform attendees about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students and their peers. In this practical training, we'll explore how Utah law enables us and limits us when it comes to creating safe classrooms and schools for our students. We will discuss everything from student and parent experiences to cultural attitudes towards bullying and from educational disparities affecting LGBTQ students to useful bullying intervention strategies.

Speakers
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Bonnie Owens

Safe Schools Coordinator/Deputy Director, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah/Promise South Salt Lake
Bo(nnie) Owens received both a Bachelors degree in Gender Studies and a Masters degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Utah. An activist by trade and an educator by profession, Bo(nnie) has explored teaching in a variety of educative settings including formal... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1029

10:30am

Resilience Building: A Practical Approach for Teaching Resiliency
Drawing upon information provided by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in their book Option B, we will explore the concept of personal resiliency. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to bounce back from hardship quicker or faster than others? In this session, we will explore practical tips founded in groundbreaking research about how to courageously face adversity, build resilience and find more joy in life. Our goal is to provide out-of-school time providers with practical tips and strategies to teach resiliency.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Rich

Liz Rich

Associate Director, Salt Lake City Corp - YouthCity
Liz Rich has been working in after school programs for close to twenty years. She has worked for a variety of school districts and non-profit organizations but her heart lies with YouthCity, Salt Lake City's youth and families programs. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1083

11:30am

Break
Saturday February 23, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
TBA

11:45am

Behavior Management for Dummies
Do you work with kids and teens? Ever struggle getting them to keep to the program rules? Take responsibility? Follow directions? Or play well with others? Well, you are not alone, my friend! Join us for a fun and informative conversation about behavior management. We will explore the top 10 time-tested tips and leave with a handful of new kid wrangling tricks.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Rich

Liz Rich

Associate Director, Salt Lake City Corp - YouthCity
Liz Rich has been working in after school programs for close to twenty years. She has worked for a variety of school districts and non-profit organizations but her heart lies with YouthCity, Salt Lake City's youth and families programs. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1083

11:45am

Non-Violent Communication
This session will be based off of the book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg and the four main areas of successful communication it presents: observations, feelings, needs, and requests. We'll discuss a way to communicate by eliminating judgements and getting to the root needs of the students and adults with whom we all work. In the first half of the session, we will identify what each of those four steps to communication mean. The last half of the session will be spent using scenarios to practice this communication. The key is not perfection but to continually practice this style of communication, eliminating judgment, developing empathy, and meeting needs of youth, fellow staff members, and more.

Speakers
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Kayla Mayers

Promise Afterschool Coordinator, City of South Salt Lake
Kayla has worked with young people since she graduated from college in 2012. She started her work with youth by teaching foundational concepts in reading, math, and comprehension to young people in foster care. When moving to Utah, she found her way to Promise South Salt Lake through... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1087

11:45am

Are Your Students Equipped with Critical Life Skills?
*Please bring your computer or tablet as this will be an interactive session.* EVERFI provides educators with engaging, online learning resources in topics such as financial literacy, digital literacy/citizenship, STEM readiness, coding, and entrepreneurship. Each course is standards-aligned and free of charge to educators. In this session, we will take a deep dive into our financial literacy courses 'EVERFI & FutureSmart' as well as STEM resources. Everyone who attends our presentation will be given login credentials, standards-alignment documents, lesson plans, and ongoing technical and curriculum support at no cost.

Speakers
avatar for Carly Cahoon

Carly Cahoon

Schools Manager, EVERFI
Carly Cahoon MACL is an EVERFI Schools Manager based out of Utah. She has a passion for education and technology and has worked in Education and Nonprofits ensuring the sustainability of teaching practices and experiential engagement.


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1022

11:45am

Blast Off with Space Science!
Looking for creative ways to engage your students in space science? Well In this session, we’ll explore tips and tricks to bring space concepts to life without having to leave your program site. We will explore Stellarium, a free, easy to use planetarium software that shows exactly what you see when you look up at the stars. Additional activities and resources on space concepts will also be provided, so get ready to blast off towards the stars in your own program!

Speakers
avatar for Holly Phillips

Holly Phillips

School Alignment Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Blame it on growing up near the waves in Huntington Beach, CA, but Holly Philips has always been inspired by nature and the outdoors. Her curiosity of wild things led her to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a degree in Wildlife Ecology-Information and Education... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1021

11:45am

STEM: What It Is and What It Is Not
Come engage in a STEM task and a discussion on best practices in STEM education. In this session, we will work through a task together, identify what STEM is and is not, and discuss examples of how afterschool staff and classroom teachers can work together to create meaningful STEM experiences for students.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Ference

Shannon Ference

Elementary Mathematics Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Shannon Ference serves as the Elementary Mathematics Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education where she supports Utah schools in the implementation of state math standards to ensure equitable and quality mathematics education for all Utah students. She has served in various... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1080

11:45am

Grant Writing | Telling Your Afterschool Story
Grant season is upon us! Join us for a robust and fun discussion about successful grant writing proposals, needs assessments, and how to best tell your afterschool story. Utah Afterschool Network also just released a 2019 State of Afterschool Programs in Utah Report that you can leverage and use for grant writing.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Riding

Kelly Riding

Executive Director, Utah Afterschool Network
Kelly Riding joined the Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) in November 2015 as the Executive Director. She is responsible for the growth, development, and strategic leadership of UAN. She also oversees the execution of UAN’s mission, which is to ensure youth have access to high quality... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1082

11:45am

Quality Control: Keeping Your Program On Track For Continuous Growth
In this session, we'll be discussing how to collect and utilize data to evaluate your program, train your team, and intentionally plan activities for the youth you serve. Participants will leave with a better idea of how to implement change in programs and which UAN tools can help them do it.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Trentelman

Ben Trentelman

Director of Operations, Utah Afterschool Network
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Ben Trentelman, a young padawan, began the long journey to becoming an afterschool Jedi. Trained and inspired in Ogden as a student and participant in the afterschool arts by his mentors at the Marshall White Community Center, Youth Impact... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1025

11:45am

The Y Factor of Great Employees
Anyone can clock in for work and be a body taking up space. Some can show up and put forth some time and effort. Few can see the passion in their job and strive to make a difference. This training will meet you where you are, and hopefully move the needle from fair to good and good to great! We will talk about best practices, what works, and how to create this in your work. If you have a desire to make work more than just a job, this is the training for you.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Ward

Courtney Ward

Afterschool Coordinator/Supervisor, Davis School District
Courtney Ward has 3 kids of her own and sees the value in afterschool programs. She is a certified teacher with an ESL endorsement and has worked in afterschool for over 20 years through many capacities. She loves to find a school, see the need, and create an opportunity for families... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1018

11:45am

Your Managed Heart: Emotional Labor in Afterschool
To what extent is your job "emotional labor" - managing your emotions and perhaps projecting something on the surface that differs from how you're actually feeling on the inside? This presentation will examine the concept of "emotional labor" and how professionals can manage the emotional dissonance between how their job requires them to feel and act. Material is based on the book, The Managed Heart by Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Speakers
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Colin Crebs

Program Manager, Salt Lake City Corporation
With 10+ years experience in the afterschool realm, Colin is the Program Manager of YouthCity Fairmont Park, a certified teacher from WGU, and a licensed attorney with the Utah State Bar. What does he owe it all to? Quality afterschool, from his days in the YouthCity teen program... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1008

11:45am

Excite, Engage, Exercise!
We all know that physical activity is important to stay healthy, but how much time do children actually spend exercising? Research has shown that youth need 1 hour of exercise a day, but for many this can be challenging when youth are disengaged and reluctant. Having new and interest-based physical activities and incorporating exercise into education can help stimulate interest. Come find new activity ideas and learn skills on how to make exercising exciting and engaging!

Speakers
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Kristen Knoche

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
If you were to describe Kristen Knoche to a stranger, you might start with her affinity for pebbled ice, appreciation for soccer, and a surprisingly large number of hiccups. Although she is a native to Utah, she enjoys exploring new terrain within our state lines, like the Peace Gardens... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1005

11:45am

A Facilitator's Toolkit: Supporting Youth Development through Boundaries, Opportunity, and Reinforcement
The art of group facilitation is using energy and enthusiasm to inspire learning and direct youth in such a way that they feel accomplished and an integral member of the group. Youth grow and thrive when they are provided with boundaries, given opportunity to learn and practice new skills, and reinforced for their positive contributions. This session will introduce guidelines for being a trauma-informed facilitator, discuss using norms and positive reinforcement to manage behavior, and teach group-processing techniques to promote development of basic social skills. Participants will walk away with a “toolkit” of techniques to implement in their own programs.

Speakers
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Alexa Wrench

Director of Prevention Services, Volunteers of America, Utah
Alexa Wrench is the Director of Prevention Services with Volunteers of America, Utah at the Youth Resource Center. She and her team provide evidence-based substance use and violence prevention and mentoring programs to youth in Salt Lake County. She joined Volunteers of America, Utah... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1026

11:45am

Educate, Encourage, and Empower Black Girls
We will discuss and explore the different ways of helping black girls see themselves in a place where they are less than 2% of the overall population. Although this presentation is directed towards black girls, the material and information can be utilized for working with black boys as well. Through activities and conversation, you will leave this session with tools to connect with this underrepresented group.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssha Dairsow

Alyssha Dairsow

Founder and CEO, Curly Me!
Alyssha Dairsow was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended and graduated from Rutgers University (New Brunswick/Piscataway campus) in 2011 with a degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. After moving to Utah in 2013, she soon realized her purpose for being here had changed... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 1029

12:45pm

Networking Lunch
Saturday February 23, 2019 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

1:30pm

Opera by Children and Festival Songwriter: Let's Create!
Arts education integration is alive and thriving with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UFOMT) education programs. Opera by Children has developed a system where creativity is robustly unleashed in each student as groups either create a class opera or a professionally realized song that’s radio-ready. Learn the literacy, English language arts, and fine arts standards, and more which drive this program while creating your own original work as a group. We’ll walk away singing our newly created, hot-off-the-press, original song and create a simple backdrop. We support afterschool free of charge through funding from the State School Board, private donors, and foundations.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Gee

Pamela Gee

Opera by Children Director, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
Pamela Nelson Gee has taught, mentored, performed, and inspired using the arts, especially in education. As an arts educator she has had grassroots, to state, and national involvement and been able to develop purposeful processes in arts education in collaboration with many of the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1018

1:30pm

Take a Hike: Resilience Building, Transferable Stewardship Practices, and Relationship Building
Throughout the last decade of working with young people, we have found that offering opportunities to be on the trails helps 1. build resilience, 2. teach a care for the earth and living things, 3. practice self-care and vulnerability, and 4. build bonds with one another and adult mentors. In this session, we will discuss best practices in taking students onto the trail and into the wilderness, educational techniques and methods, and the natural curriculum that exists when we simply step away from our busy lives and outside.

Speakers
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Adam Tobey

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Arcadia Guided Outdoor Education
A Utah transplant from Virginia, Adam founded Arcadia Guided Outdoor Education (AGO) with his spouse, Catherine. AGO offers adventure camps and backpacking trips for young people and focuses on the teaching and practice of Leave No Trace principles both in the wilderness and in neighborhood... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1029

1:30pm

Understanding Behavior Management: Increasing Communication between Staff and Youth in Program
How often do we intentionally take the time to implement practices that will lead towards preventing negative behaviors from occurring in program? In this session, program staff will understand techniques that will help in creating and setting expectations for youth by encouraging youth to play a part in creating the expectations to foster a culture of communication between staff and the youth they serve.

Speakers
avatar for Angel Gomez

Angel Gomez

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
As UAN’s personal office DJ, Angel Gomez has been known to shake his feet and groove to the beat from the comfort of his standing desk. Originally from West Los Angeles, he dabbled in the saxophone in his early years and developed an affinity for all things music, but since moving... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1083

1:30pm

STEM & Stories: The Lorax
Stories found in literature, film, and the variety of rich, cultural heritage across the globe are a well of inspiration for technology-based problem-solving activities to teach science and engineering. This activity, organized by The Natural History Museum of Utah, teaches empathy and critical thinking by applying the Design Thinking Process and creating a solution for a character in the story.

Speakers
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Bonnie Jean Knighton

Education Specialist, The Natural History Museum of Utah
Bonnie Jean Knighton has been an informal educator in various museums for twelve years. For the last five years, she has worked as an Education Coordinator at the Natural History Museum of Utah. In this role, she provides outreach programming to elementary school students and professional... Read More →
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Catherine Aviles

Education Specialist, The Natural History Museum of Utah
Catherine has eight years of experience in education including afterschool programs, adult learners in a technology setting, and doing outreach to fourth grade classrooms.


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1026

1:30pm

Teaching with Technology
This session is a high-level look at transformative technologies reshaping enterprise and how that translates to teaching with technology in K-6 classrooms. We'll discuss human computer interaction, computational thinking, self-organized leadership, and occupational readiness as it relates to the modern classroom. Attendees will play hands-on in groups to facilitate learning experiences that can be translated directly to your afterschool program.

Speakers
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Alexandria Armknecht

Alex's interest in computer science first started in middle school when there was a two-day coding seminar. When she wanted to pursue this new passion of hers, she realized that there were no computer science or computer programming elective in her school. So, she worked with the... Read More →
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Kyle Muir

Founder, FuzePlay
Kyle Muir started FuzePlay in 2015 with the goal to make learning and teaching with technology easier for his sister and her 3 daughters. After spending a year researching and running STEM workshops in Utah classrooms and attending EdTech conferences across the country, Kyle invented... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1025

1:30pm

Awake at Work: Discover Clarity and Balance with Mindfulness
Afterschool leaders and workers encounter a lot of joy and satisfaction with offering quality experiences for children. At the same time, running an afterschool program or working for one can be stressful - school administrators and teachers are not always supportive or cooperative, parents may have different ideas about what their children should be doing, and many children may be suffering from trauma, poverty, or other challenging situations that can be troubling to witness. Mindfulness can help increase resilience and reduce stress levels while cultivating self-awareness and awareness of others, self-regulation, better decision making, and emotional agility. Learn simple mindfulness techniques that will help keep you focused and more available in your work for and with children.

Speakers
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Edith Sage

Mindfulness Teacher, Mindfulness for Educators
Edith is the former Director of BEACON Afterschool program in Moab, Utah is very familiar with the many challenges of running and working for a high quality afterschool program. Prior to her work with BEACON, she worked with a variety of non-profit organizations as a fundraiser, and... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1080

1:30pm

Do, Lead, and Succeed
In this session, we will discuss strategies to support your team by establishing clear goals collectively. You will leave with strategies that support your organization and program goals through individual ownership and accountability by your team.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Trentelman

Ben Trentelman

Director of Operations, Utah Afterschool Network
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Ben Trentelman, a young padawan, began the long journey to becoming an afterschool Jedi. Trained and inspired in Ogden as a student and participant in the afterschool arts by his mentors at the Marshall White Community Center, Youth Impact... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1087

1:30pm

Present Yourself to the World
This workshop is designed to strengthen and enhance your skills and open up your potential in presenting your "information" to others inside classrooms, in a board meeting, with family, or any other place you may find yourself in front of people. The aim of the workshop is to improve upon the skills you currently have and then assist you with techniques used by amazing speakers around the world. At the end of the workshop, you will understand how to be an enthusiastic, bold, graceful, and capable presenter!

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Bentley

Patrick Bentley

Challenge Course Coordinator, USU Campus Recreation
Patrick is a dynamic and inspiring Trainer, Mentor, and Experiential Learning Expert. He is certified as a Level II facilitator and a Challenge Course Manager through the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) for the past 11 years. His life experiences and varied skills... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1082

1:30pm

Creating Healthy Spaces Where Kids Can Thrive
The healthy environment you foster at your afterschool program can make a difference in a child’s lifelong habits. By the end of this session you will walk away with simple, concrete goals to improve your program in four different areas: menus, physical activity, professional development, and nutrition and wellness. Half of the session will focus on improving menus and nutrition using Farm to Afterschool principles – using local foods in menus, agriculture education, and afterschool program gardens.

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Kylie Townsend

Child Nutrition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education - Child Nutrition Programs
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Maryann Durrant

Child Nutrition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education - Child Nutrition Programs
Maryann Durrant is a Child Nutrition Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). She works as part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Team. As part of her responsibilities, she is able to work on Farm to Fork as well as creating trainings for CACFP sponsors... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1005

1:30pm

Healthy Out-of-School Time: Fostering School, Out-of-School Time, and Community Connections
Out-of-school time (OST) settings are primary environments where youth can be encouraged to eat healthier and move more. OST providers across the country are already supporting the healthy development of young people. This workshop will help participants understand how physical activity and healthy eating fit into the OST environments and how to lead implementation efforts in your school community with the Whole School, Whole Child, and Whole Community Model, school wellness committees, and local wellness policies.

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Kira Coelho

Afterschool Program Supervisor, Salt Lake County Youth Services
Kira Coelho hails from Tulare, California. As a little girl with big dreams, Kira began dancing her way into the hearts of many with her superpower: youth advocacy. Fast forward to this side of Y2K, and Kira suited herself up with a bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1021

1:30pm

Emotional Safety in Afterschool Environments
This presentation will use video resources as well as group interaction to help afterschool staff bring ideas of how to make their participants feel more emotionally safe in their programs. Staff will be given information regarding developmentally appropriate social emotional growth and be able to navigate ways to support what they are developing in an age appropriate way. There will be activities where staff work together in small groups to come up with issues regarding emotional safety in their programs and also time for them to discuss ways to troubleshoot these issues. Ideas and activities will emphasize the fact that emotional safety is an important component in afterschool programming, and it is possible to make emotional safety a priority in the way we do our normal day to day.

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Evan Taylor

Midvale Club Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Evan has been in the afterschool field for 6 years and currently runs the Midvale Boys & Girls Club. Her passion for afterschool programming was inspired from being a kid in an afterschool program in her hometown of Chicago, IL and she has worked in Youth Programs of many kinds.



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1008

1:30pm

Heart, Mind, and Soul: Turning your Service Projects into Service Learning
Service is an essential element of many afterschool programs. Service helps students to develop compassion, leadership skills, and connections to the community. However, it can be a challenge to tie service to academic and enrichment goals. This session will teach you how to take a good service project and turn it into an excellent service learning opportunity. We will learn the essential elements of the service learning cycle, and work together to develop service learning plans that can be implemented with various ages and populations.

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Melanie Louviere

Service Learning Director, Entheos Academy
Melanie Louviere is the Service Learning Director for Entheos Academy, a Service-Learning, Title I Charter School District in the Salt Lake Valley. She oversees a school-wide service learning model, including a sixth grade Year of Service capstone project. Melanie has a bachelor's... Read More →
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Deborah Taylor Ivie

Afterschool Administrator, Utah State University Extension
Deborah Taylor Ivie has over 12 years experience working both with Service Learning and Afterschool programming. Areas of specialization include service-learning, STEM education, near-peer mentoring, and literacy. Deborah holds a Master of Science Degree in Family Life Education with... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1022

2:30pm

Break
Saturday February 23, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:45pm

Afterschool Speed Dating
The Salt Lake Regional Afterschool Network's Programming Subcommittee is proud to present: Afterschool Speed Dating! We are looking for afterschool professionals across the field to join us in a peer mentorship experience. People from all levels in afterschool are welcome to participate and should expect a workshop filled with fun “get-to-know-you” activities and the chance to join a larger mentoring community. Our aim is to partner organizations from across the afterschool field to idea share, job shadow, and collaborate. Disclaimer: this isn't actual speed dating, but who knows...it could be love at first workshop.

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Cory Harrison

OST Director, YMCA Of Northern Utah
Cory has been in Afterschool for over 15 years! He loves working with staff who love working with kids. His dream has always been to impact students and see them excel in life and fully believes in the vision and mission of every Afterschool program.


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1029

2:45pm

FUNN Without Props 2.0
Patrick is back again with "FUNN without Props!" This bums-out-of-the-seats, interactive, Functional-Understanding-Not-Needed, exciting workshop always gets rave reviews. Once again, we pose the question of having to entertain/teach a group for 15-60 minutes and you have ZERO equipment on hand. What do you do? Well, in this workshop, you not only will learn about various games/activities that you can turn to, but we run them with you being the participant. Our focus is directed towards activities that don't require equipment to increase skills and knowledge for youth (and adults). With these activities, you will be able to IMMEDIATELY duplicate them with your own groups. You will not want to skip this workshop, because we will once again be raising the roof and having ourselves a ton of FUNN while we learn!

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Patrick Bentley

Challenge Course Coordinator, USU Campus Recreation
Patrick is a dynamic and inspiring Trainer, Mentor, and Experiential Learning Expert. He is certified as a Level II facilitator and a Challenge Course Manager through the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) for the past 11 years. His life experiences and varied skills... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1082

2:45pm

STEM Under Cover: Introducing STEM through Everyday Activities
STEM has become a very important but intimidating element of afterschool programming. We all know how important it is to introduce youth to these topics and careers, but STEM can be intimidating for both youth and afterschool leaders. Come learn new ways to introduce STEM to students who are less likely to want to attend a traditional STEM class. We will also familiarize you with research-based STEM curriculum available at no cost through USU Extension.

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Deborah Taylor Ivie

Afterschool Administrator, Utah State University Extension
Deborah Taylor Ivie has over 12 years experience working both with Service Learning and Afterschool programming. Areas of specialization include service-learning, STEM education, near-peer mentoring, and literacy. Deborah holds a Master of Science Degree in Family Life Education with... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1022

2:45pm

Building Staff Trust and Commitment
In this hour, you will engage in an exercise to increase staff commitment to each other and your program by guiding them in a circle of trust training. We will be learning how to create accountability for your staff and you as the supervisor.

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Jerrad Strand

Youth and Teen Director, Jewish Community Center
Jerrad Strand is the Youth and Teen Director for the JCC in Salt Lake for the past 16 years, Jerrad is an empathetic and passionate leader. Through his experiences from camper to today, he believes in hard work, creative thinking, and communication as he leads his team by example... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1018

2:45pm

Staff Development: Keeping the Well-Oiled Machine Going
Is your staff happy? What is the key to a happy, well-oiled machine? In this session, attendees will learn about key strategies and trainings that motivate and strengthen relationships. We will discuss supportive topics that can help a team be the best that they can be and ultimately create that well-oiled machine!

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Olivia Alejandre

Youth Development Program Manager, YMCA
Olivia is a mother to two and step-mother to four. As an Ogden veteran with 10 years of experience in child development and 5 years of experience in staff and management, Olivia currently works in afterschool as a manager at YMCA. She loves her work with Y, and enjoys scrapbooking... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1026

2:45pm

Get Out! How You Can Incorporate Nature Education into Youth Programming for Healthy and Happy Kids
Join Salt Lake City Trails & Natural Lands and the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation to learn how kids in Salt Lake and around the state are getting outside this summer. Learn how these efforts can benefit the health and wellbeing of your youth and community. Gather resources and get inspired to get outside!

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Rose Smith

Program Specialist, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Rose Smith is the Program Specialist for the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Washington University in Outdoor Recreation, Rose moved to Utah to pursue work in wilderness therapy and adventure guiding. After many years... Read More →
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Kendal Scott

Activities & Events Assistant, Salt Lake City Trails & Natural Lands
Kendal Scott has spent many years in various outdoor youth programming capacities, from residential summer camps and experiential education on ropes courses, to environmental education development and facilitation in elementary schools and teaching outdoor preschool. Kendal earned... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1021

2:45pm

Youth & Teen Fitness
This session will introduce best practices for implementing a sustainable fitness class during your afterschool program. Understanding how program structure and duration can affect not only student participation but also staff involvement is key to designing a successful fitness class for youth and teens. By experiencing a modified version of the Youth and Teen Fitness program currently at Taylorsville Recreation Center, we'll discuss the steps of design and implementation, as well as how adjustments can be made to personalize the program to the needs of your youth and teens!

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Jarrell Watts

Personal Trainer/Site Coordinator, Salt lake County/Promise SSL
Jarrell Watts is the Promise South Salt Lake afterschool coordinator at Roosevelt Elementary, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. A former athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada, Jarrell is known for his contribution in the fitness community and the development of his Youth & Teen Boot Camp... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1005

2:45pm

Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention
The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. This workshop discusses myths and misconceptions about suicide. It presents the warning signs and how to ask the “suicide” question. It then uses role play to practice persuasion and referral skills. A quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

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Maren Voss

Health and Wellness Faculty, Utah State University Extension
Maren Wright Voss, ScD is health and wellness faculty at Utah State University Extension with over 20 years of teaching experience in stress management, psychology, and yoga. She is a project leader on a grant-funded program to use peer-to-peer mentoring to introduce the 4-H Health... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1025

2:45pm

Recognizing When Teens Are in an Unhealthy or Abusive Relationship
In this workshop, you will learn the signs of what an unhealthy or abusive relationship looks like and how to help teenagers get out of one safely. You will also be equipped to teach teenagers what a healthy relationship should be and the warning signs of a potential abusive dating partner.

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Brent Hinsley

Child Advocate, YCC Family Crisis Center
Brent Hinsley has worked with youth of all ages in schools, in churches, and in many other countries for the past 25 years. Over the last school year, he has taught about Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating to over 1,400 students in 12 different schools throughout Weber County... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1008

2:45pm

Just a Spoonful of Sugar
Social-emotional learning is a hot topic in education. This session will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of social-emotional learning for out-of-school time programs and how to incorporate them into your day. This will, of course, be done by studying their use by a true childcare professional: Mary Poppins herself. It is sure to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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Elinor Blankenship

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! We introduce to you Elinor Blankenship! Originally from Kentucky, Elinor stopped clowning around long enough to finish her bachelor’s degree in music at Asbury University. Although she thought about running away to join the circus, she... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1083

2:45pm

RPGs with Intention
Playing Tabletop Role-Playing Games (RPGs) with youth can be an absolute blast! Whether students play as heroes delving into ancient tombs in Dungeons and Dragons or pilot space ships in Stars Without Number, thousands of out-of-school time facilitators have helped students build bonds and create stories. While it is true that playing RPGs is an intrinsically valuable experience the question becomes this: can we get more from playing RPGs with youth? Can we use these games for character development? To fold in elements of the Utah Core? During this presentation we will cover the basics of what an RPG is and how to play them, resources & tactics to give your RPG activities more intentionality, and cover the broad range of RPG options to find which games best fit for any given program's culture and needs.

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Scott Udall

Independent Designer, Independent
Scott Udall works for Salt Lake City Public Services and served in the Youth and Family Division for five years. His previous work has centered on incentive system design, character development, and the integration of the Utah Core curriculum into interest-based programming.


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1080

2:45pm

Shifting from Trauma to Resiliency
For better or for worse, early childhood experiences have lifelong consequences on the human brain. The goal of this workshop is to function as a tangibility aid, providing participants with the opportunity to actualize cognitive development through playing The Brain Architecture Game. As educators, professionals, community members and mental health caregivers, we must cultivate programs of resiliency to counteract the negative impact of neuro-psychological trauma on the youth communities we serve.

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Shiya Zeng

Education Intern, Planned Parenthood
Shiya currently interns for the Summit & Wasatch County Teen Council Program at the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah Education office. She will graduate from the University of Utah this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Health, Society & Policy and a Psychology minor. Her... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 1087

3:45pm

Break
Saturday February 23, 2019 3:45pm - 4:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Academic Tools to Use in Afterschool
One of the challenges that we face in afterschool programs is the transition point between day school and afterschool academic programming. How can we bridge the gap with our staff members that may not be qualified to teach content areas? There is new research on academic models that can be implemented in afterschool programs to reinforce academic achievement levels. Using the Blended School Model, your program can use 21st Century Skills in technology to help your students achieve academic success in your programs.

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Josh Vineyard

School Principal, Youth Care of Utah
Josh Vineyard is an experienced educator with over 16 years of administration and programmatic experience from private to public academic settings. He has degrees from the University of Utah in Special Education and Political Science, as well as his minor in Linguistics. He is currently... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1026

4:00pm

Communicating to Connect
Communication is one of the most vital and utilized skills; we use it when building relationships with acquaintances, colleagues, friends, significant others, family members, and we even communicate with ourselves. If communication happens nearly every moment of our lives, shouldn't we focus more on how we are communicating? In this session, attendees will learn skills to communicate in ways that will strengthen the relationships we build every day.

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Kristen Knoche

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
If you were to describe Kristen Knoche to a stranger, you might start with her affinity for pebbled ice, appreciation for soccer, and a surprisingly large number of hiccups. Although she is a native to Utah, she enjoys exploring new terrain within our state lines, like the Peace Gardens... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1022

4:00pm

Live Action Role Playing: Active Imaginations
LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing, is an interactive, hands-on take of role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. The difference is that instead of playing inside at a table, you are taking your students outside, to physically act out their fantasy adventures by having elaborate (and safe) battles on a playing field. LARPing provides a fun and safe environment for your students to make use of all of the benefits of classic role-playing games, such as team building and exploring their creativity, with the addition of being a physically active game. Participants will delve into the world of LARPing to get a grasp on what it really entails, learn the benefits of implementing it into their programs, as well as how to successfully do so. We will have a hands-on activity to demonstrate how an average LARPing battle or duel would play out!

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Lindsey Stribling

Site Director, YMCA of Northern Utah
Lindsey Stribling has been in afterschool for four years as a site director for the YMCA and Ogden School District. She successfully maintains and supports Mound Fort Junior High's afterschool program.
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Justice Moore

Program Lead, Data Assistant, YMCA of Northern Utah, Ogden School District
Justice Moore has been working in Mound Fort Junior High's afterschool program since September 2017. She works both for the YMCA and the Ogden School District in an afterschool capacity, running various clubs including starting a successful LARPing club at Mound Fort.


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1005

4:00pm

The Science of Play
This interactive, games-based workshop explores the long-term benefits of play and lays the foundation for creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for students. Participants will walk away with ready-to-use group management tools, as well as an understanding of how to select and leverage games that intentionally support the physical, social, and emotional development of students.

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Amanda Jolley

Program Manager, Playworks
Amanda, better known as Coach Jolley, began her journey with Playworks as an AmeriCorps member in 2011. After completing three years of service through AmeriCorps at Midvale Elementary, she decided to continue sharing the power of play as a site coordinator. As a site coordinator... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1029

4:00pm

STEAM: Applying the Arts to STEM
In this interactive session, we will explore opportunities to engage your students' creativity while teaching them valuable STEM skills in a hands-on environment. We'll explore future, often forgotten workforce opportunities to excite the artists in your classrooms. Come get your creative juices flowing and learn about the science of sound in this discussion-based gathering with takeaways that enlist both the left and right side of the brain.

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Dallas Thornley

STEM Vista, Utah Afterschool Network
Originally a military brat with many hometowns, Dallas found herself back in Salt Lake City with her beautiful daughter. Navigating corporate America and realizing her happiness laid elsewhere, she jumped at the chance to immerse herself back into the academic world when she found... Read More →


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Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1083

4:00pm

Move Your Bus: Path to a Strong Afterschool Team
We all need to recharge so we can dash to the finish line at the end of the school year without burning out. Teamwork and motivation are critical to this success. We will use Ron Clark's book, Move Your Bus, to help discover ways to motivate your team. You will all make it to the finish line and have the power to roll right into summer programs without running out of fuel!

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Connie McCullough

Sistema Utah Director, American Preparatory Academy
Connie McCullough is a Sistema Utah Director at American Preparatory Academy. She manages and runs an afterschool music program where 140 kids receive three hours of music instruction each day. She loves teaching music. She and her partner Trina Christensen manage Sistema Strings... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1082

4:00pm

B.E.T.T.E.R. Youth Mentoring with Health Rocks!
In this session, leaders will be empowered to become B.E.T.T.E.R. mentors as they learn how to facilitate growth and discovery through experiential teaching. In this class, we don’t show. We do! How can a straw help you relax? Come try it and see! Will punk rock or paste improve your memory more? Explore both and find out! And most importantly, leaders will learn (by doing) how to make the 4-H health and wellness activities come alive, resonate, and connect with the real world challenges we all face. Leaders will be coached on how to facilitate the question and answer debriefs that transform the fun into lasting rewards and resources.

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Maren Voss

Health and Wellness Faculty, Utah State University Extension
Maren Wright Voss, ScD is health and wellness faculty at Utah State University Extension with over 20 years of teaching experience in stress management, psychology, and yoga. She is a project leader on a grant-funded program to use peer-to-peer mentoring to introduce the 4-H Health... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1025

4:00pm

Upstanding: Bystander Intervention
The goal of this training is for participants to be able to teach others to define and identify harm, violence, and bystander intervention. Participants will learn to teach basic bystander intervention skills and behaviors to prevent or intervene in harm or violence. Learning outcomes include: increase knowledge of definitions and education of violence and harm in their communities; learn skills and techniques for violence prevention and intervention; develop and practice intervention skills; and increase efficacy to intervene in some way.

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Kristen Floyd

Executive Director, Safe Harbor
Kristen Floyd is the Executive Director for Safe Harbor domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. Prior to her current role, she enjoyed a rewarding career with the State of Utah for over 20 years as a State Director. She has been a proud owner of multiple local businesses... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1008

4:00pm

From Screen-Reliant to Self-Reliant
Today, students are often cut off from their innate problem-solving abilities by the distractions and endless entertainment technology provides. Having become more screen-reliant than self-reliant, they look to technology to solve their problems. When they can't focus, self-soothe, or control their bodies, they lose access to their own imaginative genius and become even more dependent. Imagination Journeys is an afterschool program that combines sound balancing, mindfulness meditation, and hands-on exploration. This session introduces Imagination Journeys and its unique blend of three learning modalities: 1. Sound balancing, 2. Guided meditation, and 3. Tech-free play. Attendees will learn the process, experience an actual journey, and then be introduced to the science behind the process from both secular and academic sources.

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Justin David

Principal Journey Coach, Imagination Journeys
Justin Paul David has been a long-time meditation student who has worked with hundreds of kids from second grade through teens. He is the founder of Imagination Journeys, a for-profit organization. Justin works daily with afterschool organizations like The Boys & Girls Club and holds... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1080