Bridge Conference 2024

November 4 & 5

School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference is a two-day convening focused on exploring, celebrating, and influencing our collective field(s) through solidarity and unified learning.

Bridge Conference 2024 information coming soon!

SOWA’s annual Bridge Conference brings together school-age care providers, youth development professionals, leaders, community organizers, funders, and policymakers from across the country. Join us for two days of reflection, connection, and re-imagination as we participate in engaging workshops and hear from inspiring keynote speakers and exhibitors. 

We are excited to announce our 2024 Bridge Conference dates and location.

Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center and  Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Dates: November 4 and 5, 2024


Bridge Conference 2023 Highlights–Forging Brighter Futures

Bridge 2023 was a spectacular event! Together, we set out to Reflect, Connect, and Reimagine our work to advocate and uplift the young people around the state of Washington. With our collective wisdom and knowledge, we achieved our goal. Now, we have a rejuvenated pathway to Forging Brighter Futures.

On Bridge Conference day one, we opened the conference with a powerful message from our keynote speaker, Melannie Denise Cunningham. Her talk centered on our foundation and how we show up for ourselves and others.

On Bridge Conference day two, Washington State Senator Yasmin Trudeau joined us in our closing session. She discussed how we can mobilize the youth development sector to move us toward our goal of building sustainable systems. Her advice was to contact your representative and make your positions known.

Stay tuned for more information about Bridge Conference 2024! We are excited to have you all join us as we continue to learn and advocate for young people in Washington.


Our 2023 sponsors