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You’re invited to the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference

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.

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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 with like-minded individuals in the in and out-of-school time fields. Read on to learn about our workshop offerings, Live Podcast Lounge, Pop-Up Networking Socials, and many wonderful special events.

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Meet our Keynote Speaker, Hamish Brewer 

Hamish Brewer, known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from Northern Virginia, isn’t your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless.” Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.

Mr. Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. Under his leadership – his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Learn more about Hamish.


Tile Reads: Virtual BOOST Workshops Announced

We’ve announced the workshops happening at this year’s conference, and we can’t wait to learn with you! Join our global attendees and presenters at the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference to learn new skills, discuss promising practices, and dive into the latest issues and resources in the in and out-of-school time fields.

We are offering a variety of workshops that focus on Program Design, Development & Quality, Staff Leadership, Older Youth, Partnerships & Building Relationships, Sustainability, and more.

Read the full list of workshop descriptions and start planning your BOOST schedule today!


Check out the Virtual Exhibit Hall! 

Kumospace is an innovative and interactive platform that encourages exhibitors and attendees to connect and mingle in a completely unique way.

Every exhibitor will have their own virtual space where attendees can join them for conversation, demos, screen sharing, messaging, and more. Dedicated time in the Exhibit Hall and games encourage attendees to visit exhibitors. There’s no need for exhibitors to sit and stare at their screen for the full Conference because as long as the application is open to the BOOST Exhibit Hall space, reps will be notified by a doorbell sound when an attendee enters their space so they can hop on to greet attendees.

This year’s Exhibit Hall will host more dedicated Exhibit Hall time than any other conference in the industry.

Tuesday, April 27:
10:00am-2:00pm Exhibitor Demos

Wednesday, April 28:
7:30am-2:00pm Exhibit Hall Hours
7:30pm-8:45am Breakfast with Exhibitor
1:30pm-2:00pm- BOOST Break/ Exhibitor Demos

Thursday, April 29:
7:30am-3:00pm Exhibit Hall Hours
8:00pm-8:30am Breakfast w/ Exhibitor
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch & Networking with Exhibitors
2:15pm-3:00pm BOOST Break/ Exhibitor Demos

Meet our 2021 Exhibitors here.


Mix & Mingle at a Pop-Up Networking Social 

Want to meet and network with new, awesome, and like-minded BOOSTers? Join our Pop-up Networking Socials on Tuesday, April 27 from 5-6pm PDT, for just that purpose! We have 4 wonderful Pop-Up Networking Social hosts and topics to choose from:

Creative Sustainability and Partnerships Moderators: Andi Fletcher, Consultant, Sacramento, CA; Becky Schultz, Director of Expanded Learning, Whittier City School District, Whittier, CA

Funding: The Future of Afterschool and Expanded Learning Moderator: Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Gender Identity Moderator: Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director, TransFamily Support Services, San Diego, CA

Resilience: What Does It Mean for You, Your Colleagues, and Your Students? Moderator: Dee Hankins, Inspirational Speaker, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Space is limited, please visit our website to register for a BOOST Pop-Up Networking Social.
*Please note that you must be registered to attend the 2021 BOOST Conference with your account paid in full in order to register for Pop-Up Networking Socials.


BOOST Vibes Galore – Enjoy our Virtual Events throughout the 2021 BOOST Conference

Smiling BOOSTer jumping over a limbo stickBOOST Live Networking Reception – Wednesday, April 28 from 4-5pm

Whether you’re relaxing after a long day or ready for a night out, take the time to connect with your team and meet new colleagues at our VIRTUAL poolside BOOST Live Networking Reception. BYOB and pop in and out of our virtual poolside sponsored cabanas for a fun and interactive networking event!
BOOST Homecoming Party – Wednesday, April 28 from 5-7pm PDT
Join our annual Homecoming celebration to welcome former BOOST attendees and newcomers alike! Are you ready to get your dance on?! Wear your favorite party outfit and join fellow BOOSTers and DJ Walt White spinning mega hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today!
Karaoke Party and Talent Show – Thursday, April 29 from 6-7pm PDT

Calling all BOOST superstars! It’s time to get down and get your groove on at the BOOST Talent Show! You can bring your team, your friends, or come and find your new crew. Join in the virtual karaoke party and let your talent shine!


BOOST Game Night – Thursday, April 29 from 5-6:30pm PDT

BOOST Game NightCome see some familiar faces and meet new ones as we celebrate the extraordinary BOOST Community. Just like the students we all serve, we are all kids at heart and must continue finding ways to PLAY!

Fulcrum Adventures has created an incredibly engaging and fun virtual platform and this Game Night will include all of your faves. From interactive musical Bingo to virtual Scattergories and much more, you are guaranteed to forget that you are even on Zoom. Bring your game face as there will be PRIZES off the famous Funky Fresh Prize Board, and we will see you there!

Theme: 80’s and 90’s – From Hair Bands, Neon everything and Nintendo to Beanie Babies, Nickelodeon, and the Macarena these 2 decades had it all. If you still have any totally RAD fashion faves put them on or grab an accessory that brings us all back to these bodacious times. There may even be a prize for best dressed. See you all there!


BOOST Live Podcast Lounge

We’re excited to announce our BOOST Live Podcast Lounge! Join us at the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference to hear where podcasters will interview thought leaders, facilitate Q&A sessions, and expert panels all in front of a live audience! Be a part of the conversation, learning, and podcast community, live at BOOST. Learn more about the topics here.

Meet our BOOST Podcasters

Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, CEO, The SPARK Initiative, Brandon, FL


Why Change? The Podcast for a Creative Generation
Jeff M. Poulin, Managing Director, Creative Generation, Washington, DC


Making Afterschool Cool podcast logoDiversity, Equity & Social Injustice
Michael Wilson, Outreach Coordinator, CASE for Kids, Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX


The CARMA Chronicles
Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Author, Professor, Activist | Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Flourish Agenda, San Francisco, CA


Phil Brown, Senior Trainer, High 5 Adventure Learning Center, Brattleboro, VT


Nathan Houston, Director of Professional Development and Founder of #iAmImpact, Center for Fathers and Families, Sacramento, CA



The 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference may look a little different than years past, but we promise to deliver an unforgettable BOOST experience that will fill your heart and mind until we’re able to gather together in Palm Springs again.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

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