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Friday, November 1
 

11:00am MDT

Developing Self-Esteem through Physical Activity
Step outside the box of traditional fitness activities and walk away with innovative ideas that demonstrate how to indeed get everyone up and moving while raising self-esteem! These creative fitness activities are appropriate for all ages and abilities, a whole lot of fun, and can be taught even in a limited amount of space. All these games and activities teach skill development, cognitive development, and physical development and are aligned with the HEPA 2.0 After School Physical Activity Standards. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop! Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

CEO and Founder, Skillastics
For over 22 years, Sandy Spin Slade was considered one of the best basketball handlers in the world, performing for thousands at NBA half-times, schools, and special events around the globe. Additionally, she revolutionized the educational market by introducing Skillastics®, the... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

11:00am MDT

CANCELLED: Finding Balance and Clarity with Mindfulness
Many organizations are incorporating mindfulness training into their professional learning programs. Why? Because research is showing that the simple technique of mindfulness can have amazing results for individuals including: stress reduction, improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and better focus. Since children reflect the nervous system of the adults around them, mindfulness is an excellent practice for afterschool professionals. Educators find that as they practice techniques to become more mindful, they see improved emotional regulation, focus, and engagement among their students. In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to various mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditations, body scan, mindful inquiry and communication exercises, and gentle yoga to support a personal and team mindfulness practice. Join us and experience the power of mindfulness.

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 →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

11:00am MDT

Identifying Youth Needs from Negative Behaviors
Working with youth doesn't come without its fair share of dealing with behavioral issues. By looking at these behaviors with a different perspective, mentors can begin to identify the unmet needs of the youth they work with. As the adults, we are responsible for helping them use healthier coping skills so they can succeed. Adjusting our thinking makes it so they can adjust their future. Join us to learn what the five basic human needs are, identify negative and positive ways we try to meet these needs, and understand how we can help fulfill these needs in a healthy way.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Orr

Jillian Orr

Teen Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Jillian has worked with youth at risk for 6 years, ranging from after-school programs to rehabilitation centers. Working with kids from Beverly hills who are well known, to working with teens who have been trafficked, helping teens has been her passion. Her field is in psychology... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

11:00am MDT

Mental Health and Afterschool
Have you had youth who struggle in your program and you can’t figure out why? Perhaps the answer lies beyond what’s visible and is instead in the realm of mental health. In this session, you will learn about the most common mental health issues among teens, including depression, anxiety, trauma, autism, and self-harming behaviors, and what you and your staff can do to help these precious youth.

Speakers
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Michael Cox

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University Neuropsychiatric Institute
Michael began working with youth in 2003 at an afterschool program. He pursued Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work in order to learn how to help the youth who most struggled in his ASP.


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom 2

1:30pm MDT

Utah Education Network Resources Come In All Shapes and Sizes
The Utah Education Network offers a variety of educational resources that are cross-curricular, diverse, multi-platform, and free. Join us to learn how to explore multicultural resources, find age-appropriate and high-quality digital resources, and help students use screen-time effectively.

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.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm MDT

Walk, Listen, and Learn with The Walking Classroom
Attendees in this session will learn about the link between exercise and cognitive function, be introduced to the features of The Walking Classroom, and will get to experience the program themselves. Everyone will walk, listen, and learn! Come learn how The Walking Classroom aligns with academic standards for grades 4-8 and understand how it supports academic enrichment, increased physical activity, social-emotional learning, and health literacy. Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Teri Webb

4th Grade Teacher, Springside Elementary
Teri is a 4th grade teacher and has been using The Walking Classroom program with her students since August of 2014.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 1

1:30pm MDT

The Laws of Motion: Integrating STEM and Physical Activity
Numerous studies have shown that children who are active and healthy have a lower risk of juvenile behavior, an increase in academic achievement, and tend to have a much better self-image. This workshop integrates STEM and physical activity in a unique format that helps develop healthier, more productive children. Experience how easy it is to motivate and engage children to move, learn, and love it! Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

CEO and Founder, Skillastics
For over 22 years, Sandy Spin Slade was considered one of the best basketball handlers in the world, performing for thousands at NBA half-times, schools, and special events around the globe. Additionally, she revolutionized the educational market by introducing Skillastics®, the... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

1:30pm MDT

SafeUT
SafeUT, the crisis chat and school safety tip line app, has been around for 3 years, yet we still come across people who don't know about the resource. With it being free, confidential, and available 24/7 and 365, we want every student, parent, and educator to understand that we are here for them in any situation. For afterschool staff, students, and families, this resource is invaluable. We will dive into the history of SafeUT, the successes that we have seen, how it functions, what users can do on the app, and how this can benefit the afterschool community. Attendees will walk away from the presentation with a deep knowledge of the app and how they can let their students and their families know that this resource is available for them.

Speakers
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Marnie Saunders

Project Facilitator, SafeUT
Marnie Saunders is a Project Facilitator for SafeUT. She has 18 years of experience in behavioral health and early childhood education. Marnie loves working for SafeUT because she enjoys spreading the word about this amazing resource and is passionate about suicide prevention. When... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 2

1:30pm MDT

Keeping it Going
This workshop is a follow up to the keynote presentation and will focus on the expectations and responsibilities for afterschool professionals in creating and sustaining an intentional and authentically-inclusive culture. Obstacles to developing this culture will be explored. Action plans to overcome these obstacles will be created. Find out the part that you play in making sure that all feel “...loved, safe, and supported by caring relationships, empowering them to foster growth within themselves and within their communities.”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Parker

Dr. David Parker

David Parker
Dr. David Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse and includes Social Work, Education and the Performing Arts. His Social Work perspective is at the foundation of... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 3

2:45pm MDT

Eating Disorders: A Basic Overview
This session will provide an overview of eating disorder behaviors, warning signs, risk factors, and support available. We will explore the myths of dieting and the way media and other factors can influence our views of self and others. Participants will be able to identify the warning signs and risk factors of eating disorders, the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating, and understand how media and other factors influence body image perspectives.

Speakers
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Tori Harrington

Program Director, Center for Change
Tori Harrington attended Brigham Young University where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Tori’s previous experience of working... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm MDT

My Best Day Ever!
This session is designed to build relationships, increase trust, shape positive perceptions, and allows you to become an author as you write about your best day! With David's help, participants will reflect on an enjoyable time and create a ‘story book’ to share that experience with others in the workshop. The take away...we will laugh, sing, create stories and share our joy with one another!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Parker

Dr. David Parker

David Parker
Dr. David Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse and includes Social Work, Education and the Performing Arts. His Social Work perspective is at the foundation of... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 1

2:45pm MDT

Skills for Life: Social-Emotional Learning and Technology
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is getting a lot of attention both inside and outside the classroom, as the correlations between SEL and academic performance become clear. But did you know that SEL also connects to digital skills such as digital safety, peer resistance, and appropriate digital behaviors? Learn about a recent local study completed by Digital Respons-Ability that shows the connections between SEL and healthy digital habits, and walk away with some hands-on activities and experiences that can be immediately implemented to increase your students' SEL, life, and digital skills!

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

Founder, Digital Respons-Ability
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, the state sponsored provider of digital citizenship education. Her company provides trainings to tens of thousands of students, parents and educators across the state of Utah. Carrie is also the author of Digital Citizenship... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 3

4:00pm MDT

Nature Journaling
Nature journaling can be a powerful technique to foster learning as well as an enjoyable past time. Learners are encouraged to spend time observing nature and recording their observations, usually in a combination of sketching and written description. The process is simple but allows for the development of a wide range of skills and can incorporate a variety of topics, including art, language, math, wellness, and science. Nature journaling also can be adapted for students with a variety of learning styles. It allows them to develop creativity, independent thought, choice-making, and self-confidence. Participants should leave this session with a greater appreciation of the natural world and a better understanding of how to conduct scientific observations and ask meaningful questions. They should have more confidence to express themselves creatively and encourage the same in others.

Speakers
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Rowe Zwahlen

Assistant Professor, Utah State University Extension
Rowe Zwahlen is an Extension assistant professor for agriculture, natural resources, and 4-H youth development in Emery County, UT. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from BYU. Before... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm MDT

Develop Emotional Intelligence with the +/- Code
The +|- Code is a school and afterschool program to help students develop their emotional intelligence. It helps children and teenagers improve their discernment and better understand their emotions and environment. During this session, attendees can develop a new vision of emotional intelligence and discover a unique tool to decode fake news, facial expressions, to solve conflicts, make better choices, enhance empathy and leadership skills. Note: This session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Eloi Delmonico

Director, Source Code Technology (SCT) Foundation
Eloi Delmonico has been working in the field of Emotional intelligence for many years. He first worked as a teacher and then as a school principal in Switzerland. After several years of research and experiences, he decided to devote his life to conceiving and deploying a new Program... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Ballroom 2
 
Saturday, November 2
 

11:00am MDT

The Audacity of Risk
To encourage healthy risk taking in youth, most programs utilize outdoor activities such as hiking or skateboarding. These activities are highly valuable, but often leave out students who lack interest in such activities and also present risk of physical harm. During this session, we will discuss a tried and true method for students who would rather engage creatively and safely rather than physically: the breaking of social norms. Attendees will be instructed on how to design their own activities, given free, ready-to-use curriculum, and will be asked to break some social norms themselves.

Speakers
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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 November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Executive Room 100

11:00am MDT

Jazz Math Hits
NBA Math Hoops, in partnership with the Utah Jazz, is a free comprehensive community program, featuring a basketball board game and curriculum, that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through the game of basketball. Students take on the role of being their own NBA/WNBA coach in a fast-paced game, all while learning! All program content is developed in alignment with state standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and has been shown to improve students’ foundational math and social-emotional skills. All participants who attend this session will walk away with all the tools needed to start this experience right away in their program.

Speakers
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Jeff Drexler

COO, Learn Fresh Education Company
Jeff is a forward thinking individual who strongly believes in the positive impacts that a fundamental education can provide. At Learn Fresh, Jeff works with NBA and NFL teams, suppliers, and other external partners to schedule, coordinate, and execute a wide variety of events. Jeff... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom 2

11:00am MDT

Five Mindful Ways to Shift the Climate of Your Program
Let’s start from the inside out! In this session, we will explore and share resources and tips on how to work with students on their personal behavior and accountability, self-regulation self-awareness, decision-making skills, and other social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. We will share how mindfulness is cross-curricular with SEL activities and how to implement these new concepts in your program. There is a growing need for youth to understand their own behavior, and the need is becoming more dynamic by the minute! We will take a dive into today’s digital dilemma and provide a new approach so that students can make healthier decisions about how to use devices and social media. We will provide ideas and resources that help students understand their potential and become thoughtful and kinder contributors to a larger society. Join us and expect to learn by doing in this session; sorry, no lecturing here!

Speakers
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Michelle Pina

kid-grit Ambassador, kid-grit
Michelle Pina has a professional background which includes working as a middle school teacher, professional development coordinator, program evaluator and federal grant director. She has 15 years of experience in leading and starting up self-funded out-of-school-time (OST) programs... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

11:00am MDT

Telling Your Story
The ability to tell our own story, not the story others tell about us, is a crucial part of remembering who we are and imagining who we might become. Using prompts and story sharing in small groups, Bill will lead participants in a discovery of how experiences in our lives are crafted into stories about who we are. In drawing on our experiences, we’ll also learn how this process can be used in helping others tell their own stories about themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Harley

Bill Harley

Bill Harley Storyteller
Bill Harley is well-traveled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom 1

1:30pm MDT

Find Your Rhythm *Session Offered Twice*
Come experience the power of group rhythm. Choose from a variety of world percussion instruments, and see how a few basic instructions, games, and most importantly laughter, can teach the group to make dynamic music together. Whether you are looking for ideas for your music program, wanting to bring an experience to your students or staff, or just want to rejuvenate your mind after a weekend of soaking up information, join us and find your rhythm. Please note: this session will be on the DrumBus which will be parked on 24th Street.

Speakers
NA

Nels Anderson

Owner, DrumBus Utah
Ten years ago, Nels Anderson stumbled into drum facilitation. After getting his degree in biology, an opportunity came along to facilitate drum circles. The feeling of harnessing human potential and focusing it into group music completely redirected his life’s path. After working... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Outside Courtyard

1:30pm MDT

Objection! Running Mock Trials in an Afterschool Setting
Want to weave social studies, creative writing, and theatrics together into compelling courtroom drama? Consider running mock trials for your students! In this session, we'll put it into action ourselves, roleplaying as attorneys, bailiffs, judges, witnesses, and juries in a classroom setting.

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 November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Executive Room 100

1:30pm MDT

You Gotta Laugh!
Laughter: the best medicine for all that ails us! Embrace the power of laughter, and how it can improve your out-of-school time program and energize you, your staff, and your students! Learn about the physical, emotional, and social benefits of laughter, and when not ROTFL, hear anecdotes, tips and strategies for using humor and laughter in your out-of-school time program as well as in your personal life, and practice laughter yoga techniques delivered by a certified instructor. If you want happier, healthier, more engaged students, then You Gotta Laugh! Attendees of this session will learn about the physical, social, and emotional benefits of laughter, how to find and keep laughter in their personal and professional lives, and how to incorporate fun and engaging laughter activities into their afterschool program.

Speakers
avatar for Clint Darr

Clint Darr

Afterschool Regional Educator, Missouri Afterschool Network
Clint works for the Missouri Afterschool Network providing coaching, training, and technical support to afterschool programs throughout Missouri. Clint’s broad range of experience includes a career as a professional firefighter/EMT, 14 years as a classroom teacher, and 3 years as... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 3

1:30pm MDT

Finding Your Happy Place with Music, Movement, and Emotion
This session introduces concepts of how music and movement can help youth get through tough times and move their emotions from frustrated, sad, scared, and unsure to feelings of balance and positivity. Join Arts Kids to learn strategies that will help youth in your program build resiliency and find their happy place.

Speakers
avatar for Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Founder, Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids
Cowboy Ted Hallisey is host of The Cowboy Ted Show and Cowboy Ted 101. He produces and hosts video programs for kids and families that are shown in classrooms, TV, FaceBook, YouTube, and several web sites.Cowboy Ted started Cowboy Ted’s Foundation for Kids with a goal of touching... Read More →
avatar for Adam Wayman

Adam Wayman

Arts Kids
Adam Wayman is beginning his 11th year of directing music and programs for Kindergarten to 9th grade. He received his B.S. in Music Education from Utah State University, working in Davis School District,his groups have received honors from local and out of state judging. Along with... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Hallisey

Nicholas Hallisey

Arts Kids
Nicholas Hallisey is a 15-year-old sophomore at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and has a passion for music and helping kids. He has hosted afterschool sessions for over 5 years along with his dad, during Cowboy Ted programs. Nico plays drums, guitar and trumpet and loves... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

1:30pm MDT

No Growth Without Grit
“Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time.” - Travis Bradberry. Having a growth mindset helps youth to develop grit and overcome challenges that they might face in life. So how can you help foster this mindset in your youth? In this session, you will consider how your feedback can promote or detract from youth’s growth mindset. Through scenario role-playing exercises, you will experience how different types of students need different forms of feedback and you will come away with strategies to build growth mindsets and grow grit in ALL of your youth.

Speakers
avatar for Chaz Pounder

Chaz Pounder

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Chaz Pounder has been highly involved with youth programming since 2008. He has served with youth in Outdoor Recreation and Outreach programs for the Boy Scouts of America along with working in the classroom as a Study Skills Instructor & Behavioral Coach. For the last five years... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 2

2:45pm MDT

Find Your Rhythm *Session Offered Twice*
Come experience the power of group rhythm. Choose from a variety of world percussion instruments, and see how a few basic instructions, games, and most importantly laughter, can teach the group to make dynamic music together. Whether you are looking for ideas for your music program, wanting to bring an experience to your students or staff, or just want to rejuvenate your mind after a weekend of soaking up information, join us and find your rhythm. Please note: this session will be on the DrumBus which will be parked on 24th Street.

Speakers
NA

Nels Anderson

Owner, DrumBus Utah
Ten years ago, Nels Anderson stumbled into drum facilitation. After getting his degree in biology, an opportunity came along to facilitate drum circles. The feeling of harnessing human potential and focusing it into group music completely redirected his life’s path. After working... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Outside Courtyard

2:45pm MDT

Cowboy Day Camps and Stick Horse Rodeos
Join Cowboy Ted and friends to learn how to host real cowboy activities with youth of all ages that focus on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sharing and community, resiliency, and completion over competition.

Speakers
avatar for Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Founder, Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids
Cowboy Ted Hallisey is host of The Cowboy Ted Show and Cowboy Ted 101. He produces and hosts video programs for kids and families that are shown in classrooms, TV, FaceBook, YouTube, and several web sites.Cowboy Ted started Cowboy Ted’s Foundation for Kids with a goal of touching... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

2:45pm MDT

Journey through Foster Care
Who's in foster care? How does the foster care system work? Is every young person’s experience the same? Through an interactive journey and rich discussion, participants will learn more about who is in foster care, different ways a young person can enter the system, how to better navigate the foster care system, and different ways a young person can leave the system so that they can be more supportive of foster youth and their individual case plan.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Andino

Erica Andino

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Hailing from Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York; Erica is a proud Nuyorican who enjoys things that take her back to her roots. She grew up in the foster care system during her teen years but has proven her resilience by dedicating 11 years of her life to working with afterschool youth... Read More →
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Christina Andino

Social Worker, FosterClub
Christina and Erica Andino are biological sisters from Brooklyn, New York. Both have years of experience in the Utah Foster Care system as foster youth who aged out. Christina and Erica defeated statistics by graduating from high school and obtaining college degrees. Christina has... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 3

2:45pm MDT

Suicide Prevention: Something Everyone Can Do
Suicide is the #1 killer among our teens in Utah, and yet it is the most preventable death. Empowered with information on the signs of suicide ideation, participants will learn how to determine whether or not an individual is contemplating suicide and how to steer them towards professional resources to get the help they need. We will utilize the Question Persuade Refer (QPR) model of suicide prevention and intervention. Participants will walk away with tools that are applicable to both youth and adults.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Okelberry

Tammy Okelberry

Counselor/Director, American Preparatory Academy
Tammy received her BS in Social Work at BYU and began her career at the Idaho Youth Ranch in the Intake and Assessment Unit and later piloted a long standing program for the State of Idaho Juvenile Justice to work with first time status offenders in the Magic Valley area. She received... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 203

2:45pm MDT

Happily Ever After: LGBTQ Children's Books
This session offers participants a hands-on introduction to different types of children’s and middle reader books that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning themes and characters. Innovative books like “George,” “And Tango Makes Three,” and “I am Jazz,” among others, can be useful tools for creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ young people and families, and for facilitating conversations with youth about gender variance, unconscious bias, and family diversity. Participants will be given resources for guiding discussion, prompting questions, and intervention strategies to ensure conversations are safe, productive, and engaging for youth.

Speakers
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Bonnie Owens

Safe at School Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Bo(nnie) Owens received both a Bachelor’s 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... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 102

2:45pm MDT

Storytelling 101
Storytelling is a craft anyone can develop, and useful in every part of our lives. Bill offers some basic pointers on telling stories – what to look for, how to learn them, and how to tell them. He’ll introduce several simple stories to the participants and they will walk out of the workshop with a story to tell and resources to use.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Harley

Bill Harley

Bill Harley Storyteller
Bill Harley is well-traveled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 1

4:00pm MDT

Assess Yourself! A Self-Assessment Conversation
As we go through the school year, it is important to reflect on why we do what we do in our daily interactions with students. When you think back to the last time you sat down with your team to talk about struggles and successes in your program, what did you take away from the conversation that allowed you to shape your future interactions? Following the School-Age & Youth Program Quality Assessment Tools (SAPQA & YPQA), attendees will learn how this self-assessment training can establish a foundational knowledge of what best practices look like in terms of running activities from each attendee’s own unique perspective. We will also take the time to share what is and isn't working well and gain knowledge from one another to understand the best practices to implement in our programs.

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 November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

4:00pm MDT

FUNN Without Props 3.0
We are back with the "No Props needed," bums out of the seats, interactive, Functional Understanding Not Needed, exciting workshop that gets rave reviews from past attendees. Get ready for version 3.0 with Patrick. We again pose the question of having to "entertain" a group for 15-30 minutes with zero equipment. In this workshop, we will learn about various events/games/activities that you can use as we run through them with you being the participant. You will be able to immediately recreate these activities with your own groups wherever you may find yourself. So, whatever you do, do not skip this workshop because we will once again be raising the roof and having ourselves a ton of FUNN while we learn!

Speakers
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Patrick Bentley

Challenge Course Manager, Bridgerland Adventure Park
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 10 years. His life experiences and varied skills... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Ballroom 2

4:00pm MDT

Learning to Play: The Benefits 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 youth. Participants will walk away with ready-to-use group management tools, as well as an understanding of how to select and leverage games that support the physical, social, and emotional development of youth.

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Ashley Engeler

Program Director, Playworks Utah
Ashley joins us with a decade of experience working in youth development. Her unique professional history includes hands-on work in after school programs, developing and implementing elementary school programming, and providing ongoing professional development for administrators and... Read More →
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Sarah Keady

Program Specialist, Playworks Utah
Sarah is the Certified Pro Trainer for Playworks Utah, as well as a Site Coordinator for two elementary schools in the Salt Lake area. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Community Health and Exercise Science, and enjoys working with adults and children to create... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Ballroom 3

4:00pm MDT

S'mores, Snakes, and Sweat: Outdoor Education for Tomorrow's Leaders
We all know getting outside is good for the body and the mind, but time, money, and opportunity can be huge barriers, especially for youth. In addition, when our curriculum is confined to a classroom, it restricts our students’ opportunity to build resilience, practice stewardship, and discover community. In this session, we will discuss a unique approach to leadership development, the practicalities of partnering with other organizations, and the transferability of trail ethics to life in a city.

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Catherine Tobey

Managing Partner, Arcadia Guided Outdoor Education
Catherine is passionate about community building through art, conversation, service, and the outdoors. Born and raised in Ogden, she is thrilled to introduce the wilderness to youth so they might be captivated and challenged by it. In addition to earning an undergraduate degree on... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm MDT

Fun and Easy Fitness Activities with Cowboy Ted
In this session, Cowboy Ted and friends will teach you how to use hands-on techniques to host fun fitness activities in your program. With activities like soda bottle bowling, milk carton mix-up, flying disc toss, and cup stacking, you'll learn how to engage kids in fun activities that encourage mental, emotional, and physical fitness, and that can easily be recreated in your program. 

Speakers
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Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Founder, Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids
Cowboy Ted Hallisey is host of The Cowboy Ted Show and Cowboy Ted 101. He produces and hosts video programs for kids and families that are shown in classrooms, TV, FaceBook, YouTube, and several web sites.Cowboy Ted started Cowboy Ted’s Foundation for Kids with a goal of touching... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

4:00pm MDT

Gaining Our Full Potential
Many youth struggle in some aspect of their lives, perhaps in ways that are out of their direct control, such as economic issues, mental health, or even destructive family life. Join the Resilient Service team to learn more about the work they've done to impact the lives of students by helping them engage in service, understand some of the challenges they currently face and will face, and know what it is like to feel valued and be valuable to others.

Speakers
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Mark Jenkins

Director, Resilient Service
Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Mark came to Utah State University with the intent to receive a meaningful education, progress towards law, and contribute to the betterment of socioeconomic issues. He is very interested in gaining a better understanding of the impact mental health... Read More →
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Kellen Law

Director, Resilient Service
Student at USU. Co-Founder of Resilient Service


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Executive Room 100

4:00pm MDT

What's in Their Backpack?
Students can bring some interesting things to school with them in their backpacks. From unicorns to Takis to cell phones (of course!). But they also bring with them things that aren’t so obvious: low self-worth, abuse, identity issues, unique family situations, mental illness, and others that they carry around with them throughout the school day. From kindergarten to 12th grade, these hidden variables greatly affect their ability to be present and learn. Educators are compassionate but often don’t have the skills needed to identify and manage these issues. Aside from inundating counselors with referrals or ignoring them, what can educators do? We will first unpack what these issues may be, including ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and then explore skills that anyone can use to respond to students and help them access the education they deserve.

Speakers
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Tammy Okelberry

Counselor/Director, American Preparatory Academy
Tammy received her BS in Social Work at BYU and began her career at the Idaho Youth Ranch in the Intake and Assessment Unit and later piloted a long standing program for the State of Idaho Juvenile Justice to work with first time status offenders in the Magic Valley area. She received... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 203