For the past 18 years, we have invited expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders to gather and engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives.
As the youth development field has evolved, so has our conference. Last year, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to pivot from our traditional format and reenvision Bridge in a digital landscape. For the first time ever, the conference was presented as a virtual event. SOWA’s team thoughtfully curated a 4-day schedule that allowed for ample breaks and a variety of professional development and learning opportunities. And—most importantly—we created space for the personal connections that form the foundation of Bridge.
While we look forward to a time when we can comfortably gather in the same physical space, 2020 showed us we can deliver a meaningful, multifaceted event in person and online.
Bridge Conference 2021
Check back for information about Bridge 2021 which will take place online in the fall.
Feedback from attendees:
- “Very well organized. Today’s participation gave me a feeling of being renewed and healed! This work is exhausting and this was a great opportunity to refuel.”
- “Inclusiveness, friendly staff, knowledgeable keynote speakers.”
- “I appreciate the focus on serving and highlighting different cultures. It was really rewarding.”
- “Getting to meet so many amazing youth workers from our state. To know that the work we’re doing is not alone.”
- “The vastness and richness of the voices and experiences shared. High-quality facilitation and speakers. Easy navigation and just in time schedule delivered to my inbox.”
- “The themes of the conference wove so clearly through the keynotes, the workshops, and the storytelling/cultivating connections sessions. I feel really grounded and energized.”
- “That there was a heavy theme about anti-racism and equity. It’s an important topic that doesn’t get talked about enough.”