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2021 OST SYMPOSIUM

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

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Tuesday, May 25
 

10:30am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Clubhouse: Let's Talk About Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's talk about reading
Why is literacy important? According to the data provided in the Cambridge Community Foundations report, Equity and Innovation Cities: The case of Cambridge, we are failing our children. 57% of Black children in 3rd grade are not meeting the benchmark. 57%. What can we do in informal spaces to really connect young people to the joy of reading? What would be possible if all Black children in 3rd grade were soaring above the state benchmark? What would it take to make that happen?


Speaker
avatar for Julie Roach

Julie Roach

Manager of Youth Services, Cambridge Public Library
Julie Roach manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library. She also teaches children’s literature at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and at Lesley University. She regularly reviews children's books for the Horn Book Magazine and most... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Conference

10:30am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Clubhouse: Putting the "Youth" into Youth Serving Programs: Centering Youth Voice
Limited Capacity seats available

Thinking of specific ways to elevate youth voice at any organization can be challenging, so Jordan invites you to join his Clubhouse Chat to engage in discussing the frameworks surrounding Youth Voice for self-assessment, see & hear examples from others, and think of ways to bring youth voice to the forefront of Cambridge's youth-serving organizations as we move into the future. Centering Youth Voice empowers youth to become decision-makers, allies, and partners alongside staff at our youth-serving organizations.

https://www.agendaforchildrenost.org/symposium-2021-zoom-info.html

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 & 26th, 9:30am
Topic: OST SYMPOSIUM: Reimagining OST and Innovating into the Future   
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Speaker
avatar for Jordan Harvey

Jordan Harvey

Senior Program Assistant, Tutoring Plus


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Conference

10:30am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Clubhouse: What Excites Teens? Passion-Inspired Summer Internship Design
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come and explore my innovation in outdoor programming for teens. I will share my Summertime Internship Process. How are you incorporating your passion and that of young people in your OST programs?  Let's talk about passion and creating meaningful programs for our youth!

https://www.agendaforchildrenost.org/symposium-2021-zoom-info.html

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 & 26th, 9:30am
Topic: OST SYMPOSIUM: Reimagining OST and Innovating into the Future   
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 874 4258 4219
Passcode: 179975
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Speaker
avatar for Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson

Teen Program Director, DHSP
Hello, I am Larry Thompson, the Teen Program Director at the Russell Youth Center and I currently am engaged in Teen virtual programing. I grew up in the city of Cambridge and attended the youth centers in Cambridge. I have worked with about every age group in the city. I spent some... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Conference

11:45am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Clubhouse: Summer in the Outdoors with our Middle Schoolers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hangout and kick it with us about ways to support the interest and needs of our middle graders this summer across Cambridge -- especially outdoors!

During the session we will:
  • Amplify existing summer programming, models and approaches.
  • Explore new ways to design and create spaces where a diverse range of OST/Summer programs could collectively serve our shared youth, and potentially even those who are not currently enrolled in a program.
  • Share updates about how a multi-stakeholder concept, called Recess, is being explored to potentially create such an outdoor space for this summer.
We hope you can join us -- our middle graders deserve it!

https://www.agendaforchildrenost.org/symposium-2021-zoom-info.html

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 & 26th, 9:30am
Topic: OST SYMPOSIUM: Reimagining OST and Innovating into the Future   
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87442584219?pwd=Z1hNaGRxRjlJSTJyZUw1K09NdWF1UT09
Meeting ID: 874 4258 4219
Passcode: 179975
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Speaker
avatar for Annie Leavitt

Annie Leavitt

MSN Coordinator, Agenda for Children OST
Annie joined Agenda for Children OST in 2016 as the Middle School Network Coordinator. She brings many years of experience in the OST field as an afterschool director, youth leadership facilitator and and coordinator of social justice programming, as well as experience working in Boston Public Schools as a guidance counselor and student support coordinator. She... Read More →
MS

Middle School Network Team

Agenda for Children OST
The Middle School Network advocates, mobilizes and connects young people, schools and out-of-school-time providers to ensure the broad participation of Cambridge middle school students in quality learning opportunities.


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Zoom Conference

11:45am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Clubhouse: They're on social media again? Let's chat, Educators, how to effectively guide use of this powerful platform
Limited Capacity seats available

In our Clubhouse, we will be talking about the role of social media in young people's lives and looking towards the future about how it may shape their perspectives and experiences of the world. We will ask questions about how we talk about social media with youth, when do we start talking to them about it, and why (or why isn't) it important to engage with young people about social media in schools.

Through discussions with other educators, we hope to figure out social media's potential role in education and youth development. We will look at various examples of social media and youth making recent headlines, from the story of Darnella Frazier to the news about Instagram building a platform for kids and MA Attorney General Matha Healey's mission to stop Facebook from doing so.

Social media is an inherent part of our daily lives: As educators and mentors, what do we do to guide our youth through the complexities of such a powerful platform they have access to at any time? Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reading materials and experiences to this discussion, which will be open and free flowing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/us/darnella-frazier-video.html
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/facebook-instagram-for-children-under-13
https://www.wcvb.com/article/attorney-general-maura-healey-urges-facebook-to-drop-instagram-for-kids-plan/36392856#

https://www.agendaforchildrenost.org/symposium-2021-zoom-info.html

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 & 26th, 9:30am
Topic: OST SYMPOSIUM: Reimagining OST and Innovating into the Future   
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87442584219?pwd=Z1hNaGRxRjlJSTJyZUw1K09NdWF1UT09
Meeting ID: 874 4258 4219
Passcode: 179975
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,87442584219#,,,,*179975# US (Washington DC)
+13126266799,,87442584219#,,,,*179975# US (Chicago)


Speaker
avatar for Xia Rondeau

Xia Rondeau

Youth & Immersive Media Coordinator, Cambridge Community TV
Xia Rondeau is the Youth & Immersive Media Coordinator at Cambridge Community Television. She is a Cambridge native artist and educator working at the intersection of art and technology with a passion for access and youth development.
avatar for Yanka Petri Rodrigues

Yanka Petri Rodrigues

Youth Media Coordinator, CCTV
Yanka is a multimedia artist from Curitiba, Brazil via Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work explores gender, sexuality, intimacy, relationships, and comfortability inspired by her journey as an immigrant. Yanka is an artist and educator who creates still and moving images, videos that... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Zoom Conference

11:45am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Clubhouse: Youth-Led Spaces that are Driven by Intersectionality and Anti-Oppression
Limited Capacity filling up

Two quotes and frameworks that Puja and Georgia have been using to guide their youth work this year are:
"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression." From The Combahee River Collective Statement.

And the framework that “Youth must first; see the system, name the system, and survive the system, before they start pushing back against the system. All of these steps are youth advocacy” - Georgia Wyman
 
We find these frameworks foundational in creating youth-led spaces that are driven by intersectionality and anti-oppression. We will be facilitating a conversation around what insights these ideas/frameworks give us about anti-oppressive work and youth leadership and how they can inform our work. 

Speaker
avatar for Puja Kranz-Howe

Puja Kranz-Howe

Advocacy & Youth Leadership Manager, Cambridge YWCA GOLD Program
Puja Kranz-Howe (he/him) is the Advocacy and Youth Leadership Manager at the YWCA Cambridge. He joined the YWCA Cambridge in December 2019 and leads the Advocacy Department and Youth Programing. Puja is always eager to have conversations about anti-racism, systems of power, and questioning... Read More →
avatar for Georgia Wyman

Georgia Wyman

Youth Leadership Advocate, Cambridge YWCA GOLD Program
Georgia Wyman (they/them) is the Youth Leadership Advocate at YWCA Cambridge. In the past, Georgia has worked with The Girlhood Project at Lesley University and at the Agassiz Preschool. They’ve worked as a paraprofessional and as an after-school teacher, but their most valuable... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Zoom Conference
 
Wednesday, May 26
 

10:00am EDT

SYM Reimagining OST Panel Discussion: Uplifting Black & Brown Leaders, Youth and Families
Tyrell Dortch of Moses Boys to Men will moderate a panel including Michael and Donna Dawson of Innovators for Purpose, Queen-Cheyenne Wade of Black Response and Youth HEART Summer Cohort, Solomon Montagno of City Sprouts and ashley herring of blackyard. This extraordinary group of out of school time professionals will discuss their journeys in the important work to transform how we define youth and community development, prioritizing racial equity in who leads the way, centering Black and brown youth and families’ interests, needs and hopes as core to their practice. Young people are growing food, making art for Black liberation, preparing to engage in the innovation economy, building a student led movement, transforming approaches to justice in schools and communities with caring adults in high quality programs. These programs are home to the young people and their families, who rely on them to partner, share resource and hold high expectations, realizing new possibilities for themselves and their community.

Moderator
avatar for Tyrell Dortch

Tyrell Dortch

Teen Program Director, Moses Youth Center, Cambridge Youth Programs, DHSP
Cambridge raised Tyrell Dortch is a Father, Youth Worker and Educator. Tyrell is currently the Teen Program Director at the Moses Youth Center based out of Cambridge Youth Programs. He is also Co-Founder and the Director of the Boys II Men’s Leadership Empowerment Program.  With... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Queen-Cheyenne Wade

Queen-Cheyenne Wade

Organizer & Practitioner, Cambridge HEART Program
Queen-Cheyenne Wade is a Greater Boston-based organizer and practitioner grounded in her dedication to decolonial solidarity and community/collective care and autonomy. Queen-Cheyenne organizes with The Black Response, Greater Boston Marxists, Community For Us, By Us, Lowell Mass... Read More →
avatar for Solomon Montagno

Solomon Montagno

Program Director, CitySprouts
Solomon Montagno is the Program Director at CitySprouts’ and oversees Garden Educator staff in the programming they provide to our Cambridge and Boston Public School partners. Solomon is a certified DoS and APT Quality observer and a Master Urban Gardener. He began his tenure at... Read More →
avatar for ashley herring (she/her/hers)

ashley herring (she/her/hers)

Founder, blackyard
ashley herring has had quite the life of performing and teaching and teaching performance. ashley has been celebrating her 20th year of teaching since the year started, and feels she's JUST getting to be at the top of her creating game with young people, family, and communities... Read More →
avatar for Michael & Donna Dawson

Michael & Donna Dawson

Co-Founders, Innovators ForPurpose (iFp)
Michael is Co-Founder and CEO of Innovators for Purpose (iFp) a Cambridge based non-profit that’s reimagining the learning experience to build an inclusive, future ready workforce. iFp work motivates high potential diverse young people, especially those from under-represented groups... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom Conference