Join Us On September 9th - 10th at the Riverside Hotel in Boise for the only statewide conference dedicated solely to out-of-school time.

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. Our theme this year is "Explore New Paths!"

Bring your team and join us for an inspiring one and one-half day conference that will 'Power' you up! This year, we'll be starting at 1:00 pm on the first day in order to allow those traveling from across the state to travel to Boise. The Summit is full of motivating speakers, informative and engaging workshops, time to network with others in the field and potential partners, plus fun door prizes. The Summit is IdahoSTARS approved.

Note: The NASA STEM Challenge will be held in conjunction with the Summit. If you are invited to participate in that event, you will still need to register for the Summit.

Registration includes access to both day's events as well as breakfast and lunch on the second day. It is $70/person before 8/23 and $80 after 8/23.

If you will be requesting an IdahoSTARS Scholarship please contact Dianna McAllister at

Note: The NASA STEM Challenge (invite only) is being held in conjunction with the Summit. If you are invited to attend the NASA STEM Challenge, you will still need to register for the Summit. Please select NASA STEM Challenge as your breakout options when registering.

Monday, September 9, 2019
(subject to change)

12:30 pm- Registration
1:00 pm- Conference begins; David Rush as keynote speaker
2:20 pm- Break
2:30 pm- Breakout Session
3:45 pm- STEM Expo
6:00 pm- Dine Around with ION members (optional)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
(subject to change)

7:45 am- Registration
8:30 am- Breakfast of Champions
9:00 am- ION Update and Two Birds Video Presentation
9:35 am- Break
9:45 am- Breakout Session
10:50 am- Break 11:00 am- Breakout Session
12:15 pm- Lunch
12:30 pm- Youth Speakers
1:35 pm- Break
1:45 pm- Breakout Session
3:00 pm- Break
3:15 pm- Breakout Session
4:30 pm- Summerwind Skippers and final words of departure from Andrew Fletcher and Megan Gambs
4:45 pm- Door prizes

David Rush

Speaker, Entertainer, MC, and Senior Product Manager at Cradlepoint

David Rush is one of the most prolific Guinness World Record holders on the planet. He has an electrical engineering degree from MIT, an MBA from Boise State, and is a senior product manager at Boise-based Cradlepoint - the industry leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE network solutions. He is also a product of the Idaho Public education system and youngest son of Mike Rush, the former Executive Director of the Idaho State Board of Education.

At MIT, he won best undergraduate lab of the year in electrical engineering for a juggling simulator. He’s a two-time winner of the MIT-wide Talent show, a two-time finalist at Idaho’s Got Talent and has been a guest on the TODAY show. He’s broken over 100 Guinness World Records Titles promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through talks and He is the world’s fastest juggler, the world’s slowest juggler and has the record for most bowling balls juggled, most consecutive ax juggling catches, and longest duration balancing a bicycle on the chin. Learn more about David at

Timothy Hall

Mountain Home Airforce Base Youth Center

Timothy Hall is an Afterschool Ambassador from Mountain Home, Idaho. Tim has been involved in afterschool programs since he was 5 years old, basically growing up at the youth center on Mountain Home Airforce Base where his dad was stationed. Starting out in the Before and Afterschool Child Care Program, Tim had a safe place to be, received homework help, and got to try and experience new things like Missoula Childrens' Theater and sports.

Once he turned 9, he was able to move over to the Open Recreation side of the center and started to participate in leadership clubs. Community service, science camps, going to robotics tournaments, and on outdoor adventure trips to include a week long camping trip to the Oregon Coast are some of the many adventures Tim's after school program has provided for him.

Always being active in the Youth Center activities, Tim has taken on a new role now that he is a teenager. Those roles consist of being part of his Keystone Leadership Club and attending the 2018 Keystone Leadership conference in Atlanta, Georgia. During the conference, over 2000 teens nationwide gather together to discuss important issues and challenges that teens are facing in today's world. All of those experiences have led him to be selected as one of three teens nationwide to be a 2019 Youth Ambassador for National Afterschool Alliance. This past June, Tim was able to go to Washington DC to speak with congressmen and senators, telling his story and relaying the importance of after school programs for youth.

When Tim is not participating in Youth Center activities or advocating for after school programs, he is your typical teen and enjoys hanging out with friends. He is an active member of his high school's drama production company, Encore, and enjoys performing. He is also a member of the U19 Mountain Home Rugby Club- The Mongrels. After Tim graduates from high school, he plans to attend BSU majoring in Criminal Justice so that he can pursue a career in law enforcement.

Michelle Montanus

Theater Lover

Michelle Montanus grew up in Twin Falls where she discovered her passion for creating: sewing, crocheting, drawing, acting, singing, making music. Anything that created lifeThat passion continued to grow and grow, until it exploded when she moved to Meridian. She had a brand new opportunity to take many different theatre classes. Taking acting and costume design classes opened up her love for theatre until it revealed to her where she wants to lead her life. She aspires to continue life on and off the stage by making and designing costumes for theatre. As a senior, her life is right outside the door, and around this time, many people start searching for what they want to do. Fortunately, instead of having to find what she wants to do, she was blessed with a passion that found her.

Alex Mwibey

Soccer Champion

Alex Mwibey loves playing soccer and has been playing since he was 7 years old back in African, Malawi. Soccer is something that brings joy to people, especially back in Malawi where he grew up. Also, soccer brings people together and it keeps him out of trouble!

Alex is planning to attend college this year and work towards bringing resources and educational opportunities back to his family and friends in Malawi and to his community there.

Kamryn Swenson

Boise Rock School

Kamryn Swenson is a musician from Kuna. She grew up going to choir practice with her mom, and that's how she got her start at singing. Her mom taught her to have a smooth melodic sound to her voice, and her dad always said to use her "raspy voice". Eventually, she let go of the idea that she had to sing like everyone she looked up to, and she found her voice. It's not perfect, but it's hers, and it's tough.

When she started at Boise Rock School, she was 9. She began with singing lessons. After awhile, she was put in a band. Years later, she picked up a guitar because she wanted to be more than a singer. Now she's in a newer band, writing and playing music that she absolutely loves. She plays solo shows on the side, with some originals and covers, and that's all thanks to Boise Rock School. They shaped her childhood and taught her to take on any coming challenges with a positive outlook. She feels that she's successful and has it all; great friends, bandmates, and memories. She's proud that she's found something she loves because she's the happiest she's ever been.

Deni Hawkins

CBS 2 Morning Anchor

Deni Hawkins is a Morning Anchor with CBS 2 News in Boise. She has been working at the station for six years, reporting on a variety of topics and issues that are important to people in the Treasure Valley and beyond. Deni was born and raised in Boise, and feels fortunate to be telling the stories of people in a community that she cares so deeply about and has been involved with for most of her life. She's a Timberline High School graduate, and graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA before returning home to Boise.

Deni loves interacting with students who share an interest in journalism, and works hard to inspire young people to pursue passions involving writing, videography and journalism. She takes a big interest in reporting on topics that impact people in a growing community like Boise, and hopes to become a trusted source for information within the community. During her time at CBS 2, Deni has been honored with awards for 'Best Reporter,' 'Best Weather Segment,' and 'First Place TV Weathercast.'

Andrew Fletcher

Director of Child Development at Treasure Valley Family YMCA and Idaho Out-of-School Network Chair

Andrew Fletcher is setting the pace of Out-of-School Time with his high-energy messages, creative style, and passion to R.A.C.E. (regard all children equally) and C.O.A.C.H. (Conquer Obstacles and Cultivate Hope). Fletcher is the Area Director of Child Development for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA where he supports 24 preschool and afterschool programs. He is the Chair for the Idaho Out-of-School Network (ION) and has attended every ION Power Up Summit. Fletcher spent 9 years with 21st CCLC and supported afterschool programs throughout all of Idaho. He is Idaho Business Review’s 2018 Accomplished Under 40, a 2017 National Afterschool Matters Fellow, and National Afterschool Association’s 2017 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders. He has an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership as well as B.A.s in English and Philosophy. He believes afterschool is a place where kids can play, acquire skills, connect with others, and engage in life. His favorite afterschool clubs to teach are group games, running, philosophy, STEM, movie making, Ted Ed (public speaking), Speed Stack Cups, and robotics.

Megan Gambs

Project Manager at Boise State University's Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives and Idaho Out-of-School Network Vice-Chair

Megan Gambs received her B.S. in Geological Sciences from University of California Santa Barbara. Hands-on field experiences, undergraduate research in various lab groups, and mentorship from faculty and graduate students fostered her interest and sense of belonging in the field of science. She went on to the University of Washington, where she developed a lasting commitment to effective science communication and a profound understanding of the power of quality pedagogy.
Megan relocated to the Treasure Valley to pursue a career in public education. She had the privilege to serve as an 8th grade Earth science teacher at East Valley Middle School, in Nampa, Idaho. At East Valley, she worked to ensure that all students engaged in authentic science practice. Students cultivated their understanding of the natural world through collection, analysis, and visualization of data. Students built a sense of agency and belonging.
Megan joined the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State University, in 2018, as the Project Manager. Megan is dedicated to developing and supporting programs and partnerships that cultivate diverse, equitable, and inclusive opportunities and positive outcomes for all.

Sasha Pierson

Policy Analyst at Idaho Voices for Children

Sasha Pierson is a Policy Analyst with Idaho Voices for Children and Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, programs of Jannus. She has an expertise in K-12 education investment, labor economics, and long-term family financial security. She holds an MS in Economics & Policy Analysis and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy & Administration. She spent most of the last decade working as an analyst and state policy researcher in Chicago before coming back home to Idaho.

Summerwind Skippers

Jump Rope Team

Founded in 1995, the Summerwind Skippers are a performance and competitive jump rope sports team, dedicated to promoting physical fitness through jump rope as a lifetime sport and fostering confidence, discipline, responsibility and leadership. Located in Boise, Idaho, the team performs in dozens of events each year and presents positive role models to other youth.

Listed Alphabetically by Last Name

Kaywin Cottle
Cassia School District

Presentation: Digital Empowerment

Kaywin currently teaches Computer Science at Burley Jr. High and is the currrent president for CSTA (Computer Science Teacher Association) Idaho. She is also on several state and local technology committees. She coaches several robotics, coding, and CS youth teams. She enjoys helping youth learn to become better digital citizens through education and service projects.

Alexandra Curd
Idaho Office of Drug Policy

Presentation: The Intersection of Policy, Prevention and Partnerships: How Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies and Evidence-Based Curriculums Compliment Out of School Programs

Alex Curd is currently the Senior Research Analyst at the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. Alex is responsible for data collection and management, the coordination of the state-wide substance abuse prevention needs assessment, and the administration of the Idaho Healthy Youth Survey.

Alex is originally from Maryland and comes to ODP from Washington, D.C. where she most recently worked as a project manager at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Prior to that Alex worked for U.S. Senator James E. Risch handling healthcare and education issues. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from George Mason University.

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.
Leading Equity LLC

Presentation: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Implicit Bias Impacts the Way We Serve Our Students

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is a Director of Special Education in Idaho and CEO of Leading Equity LLC. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels during his career in the states of Florida, Louisiana and in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Dr. Eakins also served several years as a school principal in the states of Louisiana and Oregon.

Dr. Eakins has a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education. He maintains professional certifications in Grades 6- 12 in the State of Idaho. Dr. Eakins is a prolific conference presenter at the regional, national, and international levels, and he has been successful in obtaining grants and foundation awards for debt reduction, technology, scholarships, and capital improvements.

Judy Gabert
Idaho Lives Project

Presentation: Idaho Suicide Prevention for Youth

Judy Gabert, MA, MEd, worked as a teacher and school counselor for the Boise School District and helped to write and present the first suicide prevention plan for the District. While working for SPAN Idaho, she helped Kim Kane and Matt McCarter, formerly of the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), write for and win the Garrett Lee Smith grant, which created the Idaho Lives Project with Sources of Strength for Idaho schools at its core. Judy lives with her husband in the Nampa area on a small farm.


Marie Hattaway
City of Boise Parks and Rec

Presentation: Communication with Policy Makers

Marie Hattaway is a Community Partnership and Youth Recreation Manager for the City of Boise. Prior to this role, she worked for the Idaho Out-of-School Network where she developed an insatiable passion for out-of-school programs that keep kids safe, active and learning. Marie has 15 years of experience building teams, running campaigns, conducting training, event planning and grassroots organizing.

Cecilee Heath
Heath Consulting, LLC

Presentation: Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

Cecilee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in both Boise and Hailey, Idaho. She has devoted her career to studying trauma and the impact on the nervous system through a polyvagal lens. She works nontraditionally, using a bottom-up approach with her clients through somatic interventions. Cecilee presents on Restorative Practices and Trauma-informed Care in addition to teaching yoga classes. Cecilee is trained in EMDR and is a play therapist through the APT.

Mattie Honea
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council

Presentation: Girl Scouts do STEM!

Mattie Honea has more than five years of informal education and nonprofit management experience. She began her career teaching Earth Science to troubled youth at a residential treatment center in Utah. After moving back to Idaho she volunteered at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology and worked with the community at the Discovery Center of Idaho. Mattie is passionate about STEM, nonprofit work, empowering women, and serving her community. It is this interest that inspired her to work at Girl Scouts of Silver Sage where she is currently the STEM Program Specialist.

In September 2017, Mattie was accepted as a fellow for the International Sustainability in Science Museums fellowship through Arizona State University where she created a collaborative community art gallery exploring sustainability. She completed her Associates of Science from Dixie State University and her Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies with a Nonprofit Management Minor at Boise State University.

Rachel Lane
Post Falls Parks and Recreation

Presentation: Creative Programming With Limited Resources

Rachel received her degree in Recreation at the University of Idaho in 2013. She has worked for Moscow Parks and Recreation, Boise Parks and Recreation, the Treasure Valley YMCA and has worked for Post Falls Parks and Recreation since 2014. She currently serves as a Recreation Supervisor overseeing recreational youth sports, competitive basketball, special events and spends her summer managing an outdoor enrichment summer day camp. Rachel has a passion for training youth staff, creating new special events for her community and programming for youth. Outside of work you will find Rachel skiing, camping or taking her one-eyed dog for hikes.

Dianna McAllister
Idaho Out-of-School Network

Presentation: The Teenage Brain

Dianna McAllister came to the Idaho Out-of-School Network in 2018 after twelve years at IdahoSTARS and the Idaho AEYC. Dianna found her passion in education and completed her master's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008. She has a fantastic husband and two little boys and loves spending time reading and exploring Boise. She's also a huge Boise State fan and watches as many games as she can! When she was younger, she participated in numerous after school activities including dance, flute lessons, Girl Scouts, drama, and many more. She could be found hanging out at the community center when not attending one of her clubs or activities. Her love for out-of-school time came from the many wonderful interactions she had throughout her school age years.

Connie Miller
Idaho State University

Presentation: "What were you thinking?” More Effective Ways to Help Students Navigate the Social Learning Maze

Connie J. Miller M.S. CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Idaho State University in the Communication Science Department. She is a native of Southeastern Idaho and has been a practicing Speech Language Pathology for 27 years. She has practiced in Utah, New Mexico, Montana, and Idaho in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health, VA, head start, and public schools. For the past 5 years she has studied Social Thinking Skills and implemented a program to teach these skills in the schools she served; in individual, small group, after school groups, as well as whole classroom settings. Following the implementation of this program there was a noticeable improvement in the student’s social regulations and interactions within and outside the classroom. Participants also demonstrated improvement in other academic areas. The program has also been taught as part of faculty and staff in-service training. Outside of her work as a Speech Language Pathologist she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, making chocolates, and exploring the great outdoors.

Andrew Fletcher
21st CCLC & Student Engagement Coordinator at the Idaho State Department of Education

Presentations: Cooperative Gameplay: 21st CCLC Directors and Idaho State Department of Education; Multi-Player Collaboration for 21st CCLC Programs

Garren Moreno is the Program Director at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley. He has been working at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley since June of 2008. He has worked his way up from a front line staff to an administrative staff and the Club is where his passion lies. He has an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education from The College of Southern Idaho. He recently got married this July and has two amazing Huskies. He currently resides in Twin Falls where he hopes to raise a family and continue to grow in his role at the Club.

Kimberly Olson
KO Consulting Design

Presentation: Finding the WHY... Using It to Build Successful Programs

During high school, an insightful pair of educators challenged and inspired a student from a first generation college, low income, rural/cowboy ranching family to ‘do more and give back’ and… the a story of empowerment, resilience and growth….Kim Olson is currently an Out-of-School Specialist Contractor with the SDE and Program Monitor with Jannus; along with hanging her shingle out as a nonprofit development professional and grant writer. With 20 years in non-profit development, 14 of those focused on enhancing education opportunities, access and out-of-school time programming, Olson is well versed in capacity building from start to finish! Kim’s roots in rodeo, ranching and growing up in a small town occasionally raise to the top as she encourages others to dig deep, grow on and never give up… perseverance isn’t an option when your goal is success! This horse loving, lava rock(land dweller with NO water experience) grown child developed a love of wilderness areas, no hold back whitewater rafting and adventuring all because of life enrichment! However… journeys aren’t without growth and change… with those reminders ever present, this session will offer you tools for success, opportunities to grow and insight to discover what drives you, your staff and your OST families! Encourage, Embrace, Evolve…..

Kristin Skinner
Preston School District CAST Program

Presentation: Middle School Mash-Up! Synchronizing with Your Students

Kristin Skinner works for the Preston School District as their after school program director. Her education background includes a BS in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho, an MS in Administrative Leadership from Western Governors University, a MEd in Curriculum Instruction: Reading with and emphasis in elementary education. Her job experiences include a classroom teacher for four years (3rd and 5th grade), 21st CCLC Program Director /Preston Junior High for 5 years.

Katie Walker
Idaho Lives Project

Presentation: Idaho Suicide Prevention for Youth

Katie Walker is the Program Director for the Idaho Lives Project, which fosters strength and resilience among Idaho youth. She began her work in suicide prevention in 2008 with Suicide Prevention Network of Idaho (SPAN Idaho). She previously worked for the Idaho Lives Project in 2013 and 2014 and returned as its executive director in 2018 and is a certified Sources of Strength trainer. Katie worked as a teacher in the Boise School District for over 18 years. She has a bachelors in education from Boise State University and a masters in educational administration through University of Idaho. Katie lives in Boise.

Kari Wardle
Idaho Public Television

Presentation: Not Your Grandmother's Computer Science

Kari Wardle currently works as the Teacher Ambassador for Idaho Public Television where she provides training and support to teachers throughout the state. Before joining the IdahoPTV staff in 2017, she worked as an elementary school teacher, teaching 5th grade in Burley, Idaho, for 8 years and in Arizona for one year. Kari served on her school and district technology teams and was instrumental in implementing technology throughout her school and district, including providing training for teachers. Kari obtained her B.A. in K-8 Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University and her M.Ed in Instructional Design and Technology from Idaho State University.

Lori Zilles
West Side School District

Presentation: Middle School Mash-Up! Synchronizing with Your Students

Lori Zilles works for the West Side School District as the 21st CCLC Program Director. Her education background includes a BS in Elementary Education from Utah State University, and an MEd in Deaf Education/Communicative Disorders also from Utah State University. Her job experiences include being a Teacher for the Deaf-for five years, and 21st CCLC Program Director in the West Side School District for the past 14 years. This year she is back in the classroom teaching Kindergarten students that attend the 21st CCLC Kindergarten program for a half day.

Monday, September 9th Breakout Sessions

21st CCLC Required Training

Presenters: Andrew Fletcher and Camille McCashland, Idaho Department of Education

This training session is only open to 21st CCLC staff and is required for 21st CCLC directors.

Girl Scouts Do STEM!

Presenters: Mattie Honea, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council

Girls are natural-born scientists! We introduce Girl Scouts of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help them see how they can improve the world. In this session you will experience STEM hands-on and learn how to make STEM activities girl-led. Girl Scouts is a volunteer run organization, so this breakout will emphasize how to make STEM accessible to informal educators and volunteers. You will leave this session with lessons, strategies, and ideas to implement in your organization.

Not Your Grandmother's Computer Science

Presenters: Kari Wardle, Idaho Public Television

During this session you will be introduced to opportunities with Computer Science. There will be information from several partners passionate about Computing Technologies. These partners have combined to bring you what you’ll need to know to implement a successful Computer Science program.

*Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA)


*Discovery Center

*Micron Education Foundation *Panucation

CS is taking the nation by storm! With the high demand of Computer Science needs in all aspects of life, these partners want to make sure all students in Idaho are prepared for tomorrow's workforce. You will be introduced to fun and engaging activities, opportunities and resources that are available for educators and students. Come to this session and learn about the exciting opportunities that can be offered in your school and district.

Tuesday, September 10th Breakout Sessions

5 Key Elements for Positive Youth Development

Presenters: Garren Moreno, Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley

The 5 Key Elements for Positive Youth Development are the foundation for planning and delivering programs at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley. They are the vehicles for building relationships and trust with both members and staff in order to engage them and deepen their participation. We want all staff and members to feel: 1. Like they are in a safe, positive environment. 2.Like they have supportive relationships with peers and adults. 3. Like they are recognized both formally and informally. 4. Like they have been provided opportunities and they have expectations. 5. They have a sense of belonging and that the Club is a place for fun.

Communication with Policy Makers

Presenter: Policy Maker Panel moderated by Marie Hattaway

This breakout session will feature a panel of policy makers in Idaho. Come learn about the best ways to communicate the importance of your program and afterschool programming in general with policy makers.

"What were you thinking?” More Effective Ways to Help Students Navigate the Social Learning Maze

Presenter: Connie Miller, Idaho State University

This breakout session will address the need to teach social thinking skills, the difference between social skills and social thinking skills, how basic vocabulary surrounding social thinking empowers students, main common areas of deficit in social thinking and ways to teach these skills in a interactive role-playing format, and the positive change that may occur when these skills are taught.

The Teenage Brain

Presenter: Dianna McAllister, Idaho Out-of-School Network

Some of the most exciting new discoveries in neuroscience focus on adolescent brain development. Researchers have learned that the adolescent brain is far from completed. Adolescence is a window of opportunity for developing a better, smarter, faster brain but it can also be a time of missed opportunities and vulnerabilities if a teen does not challenge her/his brain or exposes the brain to neurotoxins, such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. This session will explore the most important finishing touches in brain development that occur during the second decade of life.

The Intersection of Policy, Prevention and Partnerships: How Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies and Evidence-Based Curriculums Compliment Out of School Programs

Presenters: Alexandra Curd, Idaho Office of Drug Policy

The presentation will include a discussion of data linking youth involvement in out of school activities with decreased alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; an overview of the six approved Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) strategies for prevention programs and activities; and specific examples of how prevention programs are currently working in Idaho out of school settings – to include regional success stories.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Implicit Bias Impacts the Way We Serve Our Students

Presenters: Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D

There is evidence that suggests that implicit bias may contribute to the differential treatment of students in out-of-school programs. Implicit bias is influenced by attitudes and stereotypes that we all hold based on our experiences. We all have these biases and it is important to recognize them and address them to provide better service to students in out-of-school programs. These biases are favorable and unfavorable judgments that are deep in our subconscious, and we tend to favor our own in-groups. Our social groups are what we are most comfortable with and where we find a sense of familiarity. This session is centered on how we can identify our implicit biases and what we can do to ensure out-of-school programs are equitable to participants who are outside our social in-groups.

Finding the WHY...using it to build successful programs

Presenter: Kimberly Olson, KO Consulting

An involved discussion about developing Out-of-School Time programming... starting with Engaging staff, stakeholders, families and students. Participants will gain insight on how to dig a little deeper, build and foster a stronger program. (Based on ideas sparked by Simon Sinek's Start with Why and Find Your Why and over 18 years motivating others to make a difference!)

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

Presenter: Cecilee Heath, Heath Consulting

There is a lot of "buzz" around trauma these days, but when we talk about trauma what does that really mean? And how can we ensure that the youth and families in our care are not re-traumatized by our programs/services and interactions? In this 75 min experiential presentation participants will learn some basics regarding trauma and take away some skills and strategies they can use right away.

Middle School Mash-Up! Synchronizing with your students!

Presenter: Lori Zilles, West Side School District and Kristin Skinner, Preston School District

Take your ear plugs out, put your cell phones away and join us as we explore the mind and heart of the middle school student! Engaging middle school students can be a delightful challenge. It definitely can feel like a mash-up of punk rock and classical music with very little synchronizing taking place! Developing worthwhile enrichment activities can be an overwhelming task. This session will share some of what has worked in our programs as we have navigated this unique population. The participant will leave with ideas and strategies that are ready to implement immediately into their programs.

Creative Programming with Limited Resources

Presenter: Rachel Lane, Post Falls Parks and Recreation

Running after school programs can come with many challenges. One of those being limited resources or funding for supplies. This presentation will give you tools and ideas on how to plan activities and games with some simple and inexpensive materials.

Digital Empowerment

Presenter: Kaywin Cottle, Cassia School District

Maximize your personal and professional potential through digital technology. Prepare now to practice, model, and teach smart online behavior. Participants will learn digital citizenship skills to keep kids safe as they navigate in the digital world. Participants will learn to embed digital citizenship into our program norms to guide our students be digital leaders, advocates, collaborators, and agents. Participants will learn to mentor students to be proactive in society and democracy by using practical technology tools and digital literacy.

Idaho Suicide Prevention for Youth

Presenter: Katie Walker and Judy Gabert, Idaho Lives Project

Idahoans--including youth-- generally rank in the top ten for deaths by suicide. However, no one should die by suicide or remain in the incredible pain of serious ideation. Idahoans can help each other by learning about suicide, specific to Idaho, how to recognize warning signs, how to intervene, and what helps before someone gets seriously suicidal.

You can book a room at the Riverside Hotel for $109.00/night plus tax. Please call 208-343-1871 to reserve your room and make sure that you mention the ION Summit to receive the rate.

The Power Up Summit will be held at the Riverside Hotel (2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID 83714). There is no cost to park at the Riverside Hotel. Registration will be held in the Convention Center Lobby starting at 12:00 pm on September 9th.

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