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Creative Youth Development: What it Means and The Power of Youth Voice & Beliefs

Did you know that BOOST has been offering trainings, workshops, and learning communities online over the past year? Many of our past sessions are available for rewatch on our YouTube page, with new videos added regularly. We currently have over 100 free educational videos for you to enjoy! On August 5, 2020, Jeff Poulin of Creative Generation and Khalil Bleux of Agency 515 joined youth leaders from Arts Amplifying Youth to share the principles and practices of Creative Youth Development. Watch t...Read More

Finding the S.P.A.R.K. Beyond Trauma

Did you know that BOOST has been offering trainings, workshops, and learning communities online over the past year? Many of our past sessions are available for rewatch on our YouTube page, with new videos added regularly. We currently have over 100 free educational videos for you to enjoy! On July 30, 2020, Ashley Hunt of The SPARK Initiative shared resources that you can use with the student and community populations you serve. The SPARK Initiative is a non-profit organization with a mission to...Read More

Join the 2021/22 BOOST Leadership Team

The BOOST Leadership Team is critically important to the success and impact of the BOOST Conference. This amazing team provides big ideas, new connections, practical strategies while adding credibility to the planning and execution process. This comprehensive Leadership Team represents the diversity of after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time programs and includes representatives serving at all levels of the field. We are a quality conference truly planned by dedicated (and fun) a...Read More

Honoring Mary Jo Ginty, 2021 OSTI Award Winner

On Thursday, April 29, Mary Jo Ginty was honored with the 2021 OSTI Award at the BOOST Conference. Mary Jo was a beloved friend, leader, mentor, and colleague, and we were proud to welcome many of her friends and family members to join us virtually at the BOOST Conference and celebrate her immeasurable contributions to the after school, expanded learning, and in and out-of-school time field. Created in 2007, the global OSTI Awards honors expanded learning, after school, and in and out-of-school ...Read More

Meet our 2021 Presenting Organizations

The BOOST Conference is pleased to collaborate with the following organizations to host the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference, April 27-30. We look forward to “seeing” you online to connect, learn, and network with the BOOST Community. Registration ends April 15th. www.boostconference.org #iAmImpact 1Core Solution A World Fit for Kids Accelerate Learning (STEMScopes) After-School All-Stars Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Guru Afterschool Publishing Alliance for a Healthier Generation American Insti...Read More

Get ready for BOOST with the BLT!

This year’s Virtual BOOST Conference may look different than years past, but it’s still full of the fun, energy, and love you’ve come to expect at BOOST. Hear directly from the BOOST Leadership Team about what they’re looking forward to this year, and register to join us April 27-30 for a totally unique BOOST Conference experience! “As someone who has been a participant of the BOOST Conference to being able to lead my own Inspiration Station another year, I am so ex...Read More

You’re invited to the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference

You’re invited to join us at the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference. Register today at a low rate of just $295 per person to access a plethora of inspiring content that will rejuvenate your mind and body, preparing you to serve the youth and families in your communities. Now that spring has sprung, it is a wonderful time to start planning your BOOST Conference experience. When you join us at the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference, you will find plenty of opportunities to learn, grow, and network wit...Read More

Keep Learning Online with BOOST

Dear BOOST Family, We are very much looking forward to “seeing” you at the virtual BOOST Conference April 27-30, 2021. We are planning a vibrant, engaging, and fun BOOST experience for you and your team. Did you know we have been facilitating virtual trainings, BOOSTer Summits, Legacy Summits, and other online professional development events since May 2020? We have conquered the virtual world to make sure that our learning is accessible and engaging – and BOOST online/virtual professional ...Read More

Activities That Inspire Impact- Showing Up for Students, Families, and Communities

Did you know that BOOST has been offering trainings, workshops, and learning communities online over the past year? Many of our past sessions are available for rewatch on our YouTube page, with new videos added regularly. We currently have over 100 free educational videos for you to enjoy! On June 15, 2020, a group of BOOSTers gathered on Zoom to learn about Activities That Inspire Impact- Showing Up for Students, Families, and Communities. This 90-minute training highlights programs providing s...Read More

Building SEL in Communities Online

  Did you know that BOOST has been offering trainings, workshops, and learning communities online over the past year? Many of our past sessions are available for rewatch on our YouTube page, with new videos added regularly. We currently have over 100 free educational videos for you to enjoy! On October 16, 2020, our friend (and BOOST Ambassador) Nathan Houston, Founder of IAMIMPACT in Sacramento, CA, presented a training on Building SEL in Communities Online. In this 45-minute training, Nat...Read More

Sending Holiday Cheer

BOOST appreciates you through the year, so we wanted to send some holiday cheer! We can’t wait to keep learning and laughing with you in 2021! Here’s to brighter days ahead. xo, TEAMBOOST Click to download the PDF

BOOST Online Film Festival Partnership Announced

BOOST, in partnership with IndieFlix for Education, offers film-based programming that inspires positive action, personal revelation, and social change for all ages. We provide social-emotional learning experiences that have a long and lasting measurable impact. Our social-impact, film-based programs, and accompanying live panel discussions, activities, resources, tips, and tools provide you with content, inspiration, and instruction to achieve a positive outcome in your classroom and programs. ...Read More