Welcome to the 2021 AFCOST Symposium. This is our 8th Symposium! Below you will find the schedule and registration.

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Wednesday, May 26 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
SYM Keynote: Are we implicated in the exclusion of those we serve? The role of OST in strengthening democracy from the margins

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There is ample evidence that demonstrates the multiple pandemics of Covid-19, racism, and economic displacement occurring over the last 16 months have had the greatest negative impact upon the health and well-being of Black and brown youth, families and communities, especially those who are living at the socio-economic and pollical margins of our country. This reality has only deepened the decades of disparities in access to education & afterschool, quality healthcare, economic security, etc., that existed prior to 2020. And Cambridge Black and brown youth and families are far from being immune to living with these same disparities.

Professor McDowell poses the question to our Cambridge OST Community, “Are we implicated in the exclusion of those we serve? “ It’s all about Voice, he says. Do these youth and families have real voice to lift up their lived experiences in shaping and partnering with our OST Community in our programming, quality, and defining the outcomes we set for young people? In this dialogue, Professor McDowell will challenge us to use this moment as the opportunity to begin shaping a new normal in how we engage our youth and families who are systematically marginalized by society.


Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 & 26th, 9:30am
Topic: OST SYMPOSIUM: Reimagining OST and Innovating into the Future   
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Khari Milner

Co-Director Agenda for Children, Agenda for Children/CPS
For more than 14 years, Khari Milner has designed and implemented cross-system collaboratives aimed at supporting the in and out-of school time learning communities and the diverse needs of Cambridge students. He is also a district level administration who oversees learning partnerships... Read More →

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Ceasar McDowell

Professor, MIT
Ceasar L. McDowell is Professor of the Practice of Civic Design and Associate Department Head at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is also Associate Director of MIT’s newly formed Center for Constructive Communications. His current work is on the design of civic... Read More →

Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
Zoom Conference