ION's Annual Power Up Summit- the only statewide conference dedicated solely to out-of-school time- will be held September 29th - 30th at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel in Pocatello, Idaho. This year's theme is "Plug In and Partner Up."

About the Summit: Our conference is for those who run programs or offer services that youth may access out-of-school: summer, afterschool, camps, or even online.


777 Bannock Trail, Pocatello, ID 83202

This year's Summit will be held at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel and Event Center. The room rate is $139.32 (tax included) per night. If you are planning to book a room, please call 208-238-4800. Use the Booking Identification #9749.

While there is a regional airport in Pocatello, you can also fly to Boise (BOI) or Salt Lake City (SLC) and drive. It's about 2 hours 30 minutes from the Salt Lake Airport and 3 hours 20 minutes from the Boise airport.

 Registration for the Power Up Summit includes access to both days of the conference including all meals. Tickets are $150 per person. We also encourage you to join the Power Up Summit 2022 Facebook Page. Here you can coordinate rides, learn more about the event, ask questions, and share pictures from the event.


9:00 am - 11:00 am: Registration

11:30 - 12 pm: Lunch

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Keynote

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: STEM Expo

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Breakout Session

4 pm - 5:00 pm: Breakout Session


8:00 am: Breakfast

8:30 am: Opening Ceremony with Honored Guest

9:00 am - 9:05 am: Youth Speaker

9:10 am - 10:20 am: Policy Maker Panel

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Breakout Session

11:30 - 12 pm: Lunch

12:00 - 1:15 pm: Keynote

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Breakout Session

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Breakout Session

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm: Youth Speakers

4:10 pm - 4:45 pm: Shokota Dancers

4:45 pm - 5 pm: Final Plenary and Closing



Andrew Fletcher is the Associate Executive Director of Child Development for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. He supports 29 early childhood and school age programs throughout Treasure Valley. He is also the Chair of the Idaho-of-School Network and has been involved with ION for the past 6 years. With a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and 12 years in the out-of-school time field, he is passionate in helping youth learn, play, thrive, and grow. His favorite thing to do is run, read, and kitchen science activities with his two boys.



Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate.  With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.

An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he has practiced primary care pediatrics in a variety of settings with special interest in underserved populations.  With a graduate degree in children’s librarianship, he has the right skill set to be the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin.

He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his family. He has a lovely, supportive wife and two children.  They not only put up with his sense of humor, they encourage it!  Well, at least his wife does — his teenage children now just roll their eyes.

Committed to understanding how basic science can translate into busy primary-care settings via population health concepts and policy initiatives, Dr. Navsaria aims to educate the next generation of those who work with children and families in realizing how their professional roles include being involved in larger concepts of social policy and how they may affect the cognitive and socioemotional development of children for their future benefit.


AnnaLeece Deluna is a Senior at Shoshone Bannock High School. Anna has taken the Craft Fundamentals and Industrial Mechanical Technology courses offered at the high school. She participated in the 2022 Summer Work Based Learning program with Idaho National Laboratory and gained a lot of experience in various trades. Anna has enjoyed learning more about welding, automotive mechanics, and getting hands-on experience in different trades. After graduation she plans on starting a career in a technical trade at Idaho National Laboratory.


Teagan Jade Larking is the current Miss Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School Queen. Teagan is an Agai-Dika, Duku-Dika, Weiser Newe Shoshone-Bannock Tribal member. She is going into her senior year. She is very active in community events as well as school functions. She is 17 years old and an indigenous mental health advocate. She is interning this summer with the Idaho National Laboratory and plans to pursue a degree at Idaho State University upon graduation.


Mac is a One Stone student in Boise, Idaho planning to graduate in 2023. She is passionate about graphic design, public speaking, music, and using that passion to connect and help others around her. For the past three years, she has dedicated her time to serving others through One Stone’s afterschool program, Project Good, where she has worked directly with organizations such as FLIP (Families Living in Inspired Places), Jesse Tree, and Girls on the Run. Mac is a member of the varsity golf team at Timberline High School, the co-editor of the One Stone yearbook, and the third place winner at the 2022 High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge.



The Shokota Dancers consist of local tribal youth from various backgrounds and dance styles! They are managed by Georgette Running Eagle! They dance at local events and even out of state!



Emily currently leads Idaho Voices for Children’s school readiness policy agenda and has most recently focused on addressing Idaho’s child care shortage crisis. Previous advocacy work include efforts to improve Idaho’s adult behavioral health system and expand access to affordable healthcare for low-income Idahoans. Prior to completing her Master’s degree in social work at Boise State, Emily earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Idaho. She is a mom to a 3-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old border collie who keep her and her husband on their toes, usually outside, at all times.



Brian Blad spent many years as a small business owner in Pocatello before jumping into local politics. He was sworn into office for his first term as Mayor in January 2010.  He was re-elected to the office of Mayor in November 2021 and began his fourth term as the Chief Executive Officer of the city January 6, 2022. He manages the day-to-day operations of city government and presides over the meetings of the City Council.

In his previous life, Brian served for 12 years on the executive board of the non-profit Blow-in-Blanket Contractor’s Association and served for 3 years as an officer. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the insulation industry and spent 10 years training and teaching insulation companies throughout North America on the importance of energy efficient building.

As Mayor, Brian continues to be active in the community. He serves on various boards and committees, such as the Pocatello Development Authority, Bannock Development Corporation, and the ISU College of Technology Advisory Board to name a few. He participates in activities such as Portneuf Valley Fun Run Series, Pocatello Marathon, Chamber Putt Putt Golf Tournament and is a “Dancing with the Pocatello Stars” champion. He is also a 4-time Kiwanis “Pancake Flipping” champion and a Lip Sync Co-Superstar. 

Brian and his wife, Laura, have 4 children and 3 grandsons.



Ms. Jessica James is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho. She currently is the Tribal Education Program Manager for the Shoshone-Bannock tribes. She is also affiliated with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Washoe Tribe. Ms. James is a graduate of Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School and obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts (2003) and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree (2004) in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She also obtained a Master’s Degree (2008) in Indigenous Nations Studies with emphases in Cultural Preservation Management and Indigenous Museum Studies from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

In May of 2022, Ms. James was appointed to serve on the Board of Regents at Haskell Indian Nations University. She also serves as a Tribal Education Department Representative on the Idaho Indian Education Committee for the state of Idaho. For four years (2010-2014) Ms. James served as a council member on the U.S. Department of Labor's National Native American Employment and Training Council appointed by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Ms. James’s occupational duties include: writing grants, implementing and coordinating programming services, and collaborating with business, education other organizations to create educational opportunities for Native American community members and tribal members. Ms. James mentors and advises youth and adults on multiple levels of education and empowers them to become educated leaders through encouraging cultural values and achieving academic and employment success.



Marco knew from a young age that he would be a professional lifelong change agent. Marco started
doing drug and alcohol prevention work in the first grade and continued through High School
participating and speaking at schools and national prevention events throughout his career. Marco
graduated from Montana State University Billings with his bachelor’s in psychology and later his
master’s in psychology from Walden University in 2009. Marco provided direct mental health services to
youth and adults for fourteen years and in his eclectic learning style served every role from the
beginning level worker to co owning a clinic. Marco always had a passion for suicide prevention, and
alcohol and drug prevention and has served on many committee’s and boards to address topics of social
change. Marco managed a large federal grant for the Nevada Department of Education followed by
managing the State Bureau of Behavioral Health Wellness and Prevention which is the agency
responsible for Nevada’s substance abuse, mental health, and primary prevention services for alcohol
and drugs, HIV, gambling addictions, suicide prevention and homelessness. His experience in State
government taught him a lot about the policy side of the great work he is involved in. Despite loving the
work in Nevada, Marco and his family’s hearts were always in Idaho and being closer to extended family.
In 2019 Marco and his family moved back home to Idaho Falls where he Joined Community Youth in
Action knowing that the largest impact can be made working with youth in prevention. In addition,
Marco was Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives serving District 33B in 2020. Marco is highly
active in life with his wife and their 5 Children, they have four boys, and one daughter. Marco enjoys
keeping his family busy enjoying the world around them and all it has to offer. Marco enjoys the
performing arts and writing and performing country music songs in fairs and singing competitions. With
Marco’s skills and background, He is looking forward to using his skills to continue to serve the people of
Idaho and continue to utilize his talents to make a difference every day.



Randy Jensen has a strong dedication to students and their success. He is the new Superintendent of the American Falls School District after serving for 28 years as Principal of William Thomas Middle School. Randy was named the 2016 Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle-Level Education. Randy has been the Met Life National Principal of the Year, Idaho Middle-Level Association Educator of the year, and a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.

His greatest strengths are building strong relationships and leading in a collaborative and unifying way.

WTMS has been recognized as one of the top middle schools in the United States. His school has been featured in many national publications and most recently recognized as one of ten National Showcase Schools by the Center for Secondary School Redesign and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Randy has authored many articles and been a presenter at many national and state conferences. Known best for a presentation titled "50 Ways to Show You Love'em."



Britt Raybould is a fourth-generation Idahoan, CFO of her family farm, and a writer who enjoys telling stories and helping others tell their stories.

In addition to helping manage the farm, she also runs a consulting business she started almost 15 years ago. She focuses on strategy and marketing for small business owners and loves supporting other dedicated entrepreneurs who dream big and work even harder.

Britt took that work ethic with her into the Idaho House and served on three committees critical to Madison County: Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee (JFAC), Resources & Conservation Committee, and Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.

The Benefits of Outdoor Education

Janice Alexander & Camille Platts-McPharlin



AI - Big Ideas

Kaywin Cottle

Secondary Trauma Exposure

Corey Crownhart
Boys & Girls Club of Idaho

Developing Welcoming Spaces and Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth

Bri DeMaree & Jenny Liebig

Volunteer Management Best Practices

Micaela de Loyola-Carkin Serve Idaho



Keeping Youth Safe

Kim Kane

Developing Welcoming Spaces and Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth

Bre DeMaree & Jenny Liebig

From Roots to Fruit

Connie Miller
Idaho State University

Effective Partnerships With Schools

Hayley Regan
United Way of Treasure Valley

Shifting Power: Authentically Engaging Youth in Afterschool Programs

Monic Renya & Tracy Darling-DeMarcus

Take Chances & Make Mistakes!

Claire Sponseller

Turning Out-of-School Time Data into Action

Lisa Wisham
UEPC, University of Utah

Things are Looking Up!

Michelle Youngquist



The Benefits of Outdoor Education

Janice Alexander & Camille Platts-McPharlin

Shifting Power: Authentically Engaging Youth in Afterschool Programs

Monica Reyna &
Tracy Darling-DeMarcus



Emily McDowell has been working in program evaluation for the past six years, learning and partnering with community-based organizations to help them more effectively and equitably serve their community members. Prior to joining the UEPC, she was with the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she led a variety of projects focused on the inclusion of youth with disabilities in schools, after-school programs, and camp settings. She has collaborated locally and nationally with Special Olympics, the American Camp Association, YMCAs, and JCCs.

Adopting an Advocacy Mentality

Dr. Sheldon Eakins



Therapeutic Afterschool Programs

Dr. Dennis J. Woody
Optum Idaho

Breakouts Header

Presented by Sheldon Eakins Ph.D. 

Advocates play an instrumental role in transforming the landscape of education and maximizing all participants' out-of-school experience.

Presented by Kaywin Cottle- Burley Jr High and Edumorphic. An introduction to Artificial Intelligence and resources to learn how AI and Machine Learning are impacting our world, lives and work. This session will share resources from ISTE and other curated resources that are age appropriate for kids 6-18.

Presented by Alex Brooks and Janice Alexander- Foothills Learning Center and Boise Urban Garden School. Have you ever wanted to bring your students or participants outdoors? Not sure what to do with them? Worried about the weather? We will cover the benefits of bringing your program outdoors and give you a few ideas on how to easily lead outdoor activities. We will head outdoors to do a sampling of activities and work in groups to brainstorm how you could use the outdoors in your program. We will also showcase the programs available through Boise Parks and Recreation Environmental Education.

Presented by Michelle Youngquist- Project Learning Tree/IFPC. In this session, we'll head outside to explore the local environment through hands-on activities using tools you have readily available. We'll also discuss ways to involve youth in improving their school yards and community. You'll leave with proven activities that you're eager to use with learners right away.

Presented by Claire Sponseller- University of Idaho Extension 4-H. Take chances & make mistakes! Create Hands-on Learning that Engages Youth and Adults

Presented by Lisa Wisham and Emily McDowell | Utah Education Policy Center, University of Utah.  This interactive session will focus on using the Continuous Improvement Cycle to guide participants through a collaborative discussion of student and program data. Using the four essential elements of the cycle: Engage, Design, Implement, and Adjust, participants will explore various tools, strategies and resources to help them collect, analyze and use data to make necessary adjustments to student/program services and desired outcomes.

Presented by Jenny Liebig and Bri DeMaree- Meridian Library District. All our youth need safe and welcoming places to thrive. Idaho schools are often unsafe for LGBTQ+ students, and LGBTQ+ youth are at higher risk of depression and suicide. This risk goes down when youth are accepted by their families, peers, and communities. Providing a welcoming out-of-school space can make a positive difference in the lives of the youth in your program. Learn strategies and tips for ensuring that your out-of-school program is safe and welcoming for youth of all genders and sexual identities. Hear about tools and resources for fostering a healthy and equitable community as well as things we’ve learned facilitating the Queer-Straight Alliance at Meridian Library.

Presented by Monica Reyna- The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Youth voice is an integral part of a successful after school program. In this workshop, participants will explore the varying levels of youth participation, assess their current strategies for meaningful youth engagement and identify opportunities for action within their organization or program. 

Presented by Dr. Dennis Woody. This workshop is an orientation to TASSP with specific information to providers who would like to incorporate individualized and group therapeutic activities into their out-of-school time program.

Presented by Hayley Regan- United Way of Treasure Valley.  Join us as we explore the best practices of collaboration that have been instrumental in making the Community School Strategy, and the partnerships within the strategy, so effective in supporting the whole child. Session will include national and local examples of high impact partnerships between schools and Community Based Organizations providing out of school time learning.

Presented by Connie Miller- Idaho State University. Participants will participate in hands on interactive role-play and collaborative activities in order to gain an understanding of how the roots of social cognitive concepts enable the individual to better understand and achieve the fruits of more appropriate social behaviors/interactions.

Presented by Corey Crownhart- Boys & Girls Clubs of Idaho. We are bound to come into contact with trauma. Learn the crucial skills necessary for Secondary Trauma Stewardship. Utilizing a continuous improvement model built around the days of the week, participants will learn about five core practices; Inquiry, Perspective, Community, Self-Care, and Letting Go. Participants will walk away with practical strategies on how to implement a culture of trauma stewardship within their organizations.

Presented by Michaela de Loyola-Carkin- Serve Idaho. This session will provide best practices for organizations utilizing volunteers regarding recruitment, recognition, and retention.  The session will provide resources that participants can utilize after the session and will include available trainings, handouts, networking groups, etc.

Presented by Kim Kane- Idaho Lives Project. Keeping Youth Safe is a gatekeeper training which teaches participants about youth suicide in Idaho, how to intervene when youth become suicidal, how to get help, and what helps to keep youth from becoming suicidal in the first place. Keeping youth safe is really about increasing their sense of well-being and connecting them to the help they need and deserve.

Presented by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. This session is about the critical importance of the first thousand days of life and the key role human relationships and interactions play in that time period, along with concepts of toxic stress and how early adversity leads to lifelong issues. The importance of early literacy, along with key concepts about literacy development will be reviewed.

Thank You To Our 2022 Sponsors & Partners!


777 Bannock Trail, Pocatello, ID 83202

This year's Summit will be held at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel and Event Center. The room rate is $139.32 (tax included) per night. If you are planning to book a room, please call 208-238-4800. Use the Booking Identification #9749.

While there is a regional airport in Pocatello, you can also fly to Boise (BOI) or Salt Lake City (SLC) and drive. It's about 2 hours 30 minutes from the Salt Lake Airport and 3 hours 20 minutes from the Boise airport.

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