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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the BOOST Conference in 2018

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the BOOST Conference in 2018

Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals May 1-4, 2018!

Here are 5 reasons why you should attend the Best of Out-of-School Time Conference next year:

Reason #1 – It’s FUN and ENGAGING

What if your conference experience felt like an after school program? You’ve got it! Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming, and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change. Each year, keynote speakers deliver impactful messages that ignite and inspire you to create change for the next 51 weeks.


The BOOST Conference offers 150+ workshops to help educators learn and grow expanding on the latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school time programming. In depth learning sessions are offered through the 1-day Pre-Conference Academy. World-class experts of specific disciplines throughout the conference teach Master Classes, and Town Halls provide a public forum for Q & A sessions with national leaders and public figures. Opportunities for targeted conversations are available through intimate settings such as Inspiration Stations and Camp Inspire. College students earn transferable college credits through the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Extension.

Reason # 3 – CONNECTIONS

More than 2, 000 global out-of-school time professionals attend the conference each year and there are many networking and team building opportunities including the famous Tour de BOOST Palm Springs Scavenger Hunt, Duck, Duck BOOST race, and Homecoming Party. Meet the Authors, experience guest speakers, and attend special events. Over 100 exhibitors are featured sharing the newest OST resources, products, and services to enhance your programs.

Reason #4 – ART & FILM

The BOOST Film Festival features films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today’s youth.  Each year, student artwork outlines the halls of the conference expressing youth identity and thought.

Reason #5 – PALM SPRINGS

With more than 350 days of sunshine each year, Palm Springs is the ideal location for an unforgettable conference experience. Go outside, hike the tramway, visit the Thursday evening Street Fair and Museum, savor the cuisine, experience downtown Palm Springs, and meet like-minded professionals along the way who are making a difference! #BOOSTConference


Super Early Bird Registration ends June 30th so be sure to register soon!The RFP will be live next week so presenters keep an eye out. And newcomers, this conference will educate you, inspire motivate you!

Register now. 

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BOOST Collaborative is a unique, purpose-driven organization committed to supporting those serving youth in the out-of-school time hours by providing quality professional development, opportunities for networking & partnerships, and leadership training. Together, we make a difference.

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