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Monday, 19 December 2016 19:42

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7th Annual VPOST Conference

The 7th Annual VPOST Conference was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the SOHO Center.

This event was kicked off by VPOST Youth Ambassadors. They led attendees in a fun activity about how Afterschool and Out-of-School Time aids in workforce development. Blaire Denson, VPOST Director, spoke about the impact of out-of-school time programs on strengthening families, engaging youth, and improving outcomes for children and youth in Virginia. The keynote address was offered by Len Forkas, founder of Hopecam. Len motivated his audience by sharing his story about his son, the creation of Hopecam, and his endurance athleticism. Following Len's keynote address, Sara Dunnigan, with the Virginia Board of Workforce Development shared her experience in the field, and gave some personal and anecdotal insight about the readiness of today's youth for post-secondary options. Lynn Sodat, with the Virginia Department of Education spoke next about the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

 Following a networking luncheon, the afternoon consisted of concurrent breakout sessions.  The sessions included:

  • STEAM and Health Sciences
  • Summer Learning Slide - Facts & Stats
  • Supporting Academic Achievement through Wellness
  • Think Outside the Lunch Box
  • Reading Aloud to Build Confident Learners
  • College and Career Exploration for MS and ES Students
  •  Community Based Partnerships
  • Developing Messaging and Outreach
  • Fostering a Growth Mindset in Young People
  • Fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
  • How Tennis Encourages Academic Success
  • How to Organize a Middle to High School Transition Program
  • Incorporating Career Enrichment Learning Opportunities
  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Peer-to-Peer Tutoring, Mentoring and Collaboration
  • Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom
  • No Courts, No Problem
  • Soapbox Derby

Throughout the day, there were opportunities for focused conversations to generate ideas, share goals, and talk about next steps. VPOST Chair, Mark Emery, challenged attendees to engage stakeholders, and continue in their important work. At the end of the day, each conference attendee received a set of books donated by the SOHO Center to take back to their program. The ultimate goal of the event was not only to create local champions for raising the bar for afterschool, but also to build public will and practical structures to support youth access to quality out-of-school time programs in communities statewide.

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