BOOST Collaborative's - 2018 BOOST Conference

CalSAC Poolside BOOST Social

Attending BOOST this year? Join the CalSAC team at BOOST for a poolside social on Wednesday afternoon. Have a drink, enjoy the Duck, Duck, Boost races and snap some photos with our new logo. We'll have new swag and CalSAC sweatshirts for sale! RSVP so we know who we can expect.

Questions? Contact Zak at or 206-510-0174

Unite, Empower, Transform.

Leadership, at every level, is needed now more than ever before, and the opportunities are ripe for the taking. Whether we are leading ourselves, youth and their families, staff and peers, or partners, the degree to which we are resourced, internally and externally, will determine our capacity to be courageous, bold and influential during this critical time. We see a future where every professional in the field has the resources they need, both internal and external, and is valued for the important impact they have on the lives of children and youth. Join us for thoughtful and inspiring workshop topics designed to closely examine how we lead, when we lead, and who leads.

Workshop Topics

Creating Safe Space for Families - May 2nd

In today’s political climate, the Expanded Learning field has an even greater responsibility and opportunity to be a safe haven for the whole family. At the core of youth development is the belief that all children and youth deserve to belong and thrive as members of our society – this value must continue to extend outwards to families during this critical and threatening time in history. Together we’ll consider what it means to “belong” and how centering belonging at the heart of a family engagement strategy strengthens our work and relationships with families. We’ll explore a vision and design for family engagement that considers what families are facing in today’s political climate and how programs play a role in meeting those needs.

Leading Ourselves: Deepening Self-Awareness - May 2nd

Young people’s emotions and behaviors affect our personal emotions and behaviors as program leaders – and it often happens in the blink of an eye. Unless we know ourselves and have strategies for self-awareness that support our emotional regulation, we’re not always able to show up as our best selves and as the leaders we strive to be. It’s important for all adults, and OST staff in particular, to reflect on our own biases and responses to child and youth behavior so that we can be responsive leaders, grounded in our personal values, and able to meet the needs of our youth. Join us for deeper reflection on self-awareness and self-management skills when working with children and youth and learn strategies to enhance these social-emotional skills in yourself. From a place of personal self-awareness, we will build towards strategies and resources to support the development of young people’s self-awareness and self-management skills.

Supervision with Head and Heart - May 3rd

In supervision of staff, we navigate between providing order and predictability (management actions) and inspiring change (leadership actions). The first step in creating an intentional process for staff development and supervision is to assess yourself. It’s important to spend time reflecting on your own needs, biases, roadblocks and experiences that have shaped you and your lens, and how that might impact your supervision style and approach. This workshop offers several opportunities to do personal reflection as well as learn supervision tools and approaches that balance management and leadership actions.

Creating Respectful and Safe Learning Environments - May 3rd

To feel safe, people need to know they are respected. Respect is often closely linked to a person's identity and identity is very personal – we cannot always see people's identities. If our individual experiences lead us to view the world in our own unique way, our individual definitions of safety may vary greatly. When thinking about creating program environments, safety and support are two key elements to consider. When children and youth feel connected to others, they can better empathize, and they begin to recognize the need for a safe space for all. By exploring and sharing their background, children and youth can show others where they are coming from. Adults have the same needs and when youth leaders know themselves, they are well equipped to design safe learning spaces and activities.

Effective Communication with Children and Youth - May 3rd

Communication is expressing and sharing ideas, desires, and feelings with others. In addition to what we communicate, how we communicate is just as important to consider when working with children and youth. This workshop will dive into effective and dynamic communication tools and strategies that you can try on and take back to your program to support the delivery of engaging activities. Additionally, we’ll create space for exploring effective mindsets and attitudes to support communicating effectively and empathetically with young people.

Cultivating Cultural Competence: Exploring Identity, Diversity and Engagement - May 4th

Culture reflects belief systems, behavioral practices, and the products of such beliefs and practices among groups of people. Such beliefs, practices and products are both widespread, and evident across generations. Important cultural elements may include the dimensions of race and ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. These elements of culture are not separate from the larger cultural context in which individuals live, work and function. When our cultural beliefs or practices are not supported, or when actions or practices diverge from our cultural beliefs and practices, we may feel unheard, hurt, shamed or worse. It's important to examine our own identity, and how it might impact our behavior toward and interactions with members from different or similar cultural groups. In this workshop you’ll explore the extent to which culture impacts your life and the lives of the young people you work with.