BOOST Conference Panel Sessions


Wednesday, April 29

10:30AM - 12:15PM


2:45PM - 4:45PM

Transforming Our Youth Programs - Promising Practices in SEL
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: G. Jinger Alvarez, LCSW, Mental Health Consultant, Los Angeles Unified School District, LA's BEST Afterschool Program, Los Angeles, CA; Katie Brackenridge, Partnership Director, Turnaround For Children, Oakland, CA; Jasmine Castleberry, Project Director, Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX 

Social-Emotional Learning is an important guide for navigating experiences and promoting success in life. These skills are powerful predictors of important youth outcomes such as academic achievement, college and career readiness, positive self-esteem and connection to our local and global communities. Come learn from practitioners about the program models, staff practices, and successful partnerships that have shown success and learn ways you can enhance the SEL aspect of your culture on all levels of your program or organization.

Thursday, April 30

10:00AM - 12:00PM


1:15PM - 2:30PM

Law Enforcement as Partners & Advocates in Expanded Learning Programs
Moderator: Catherine Van Ness, Associate Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Susan Manheimer, Chief of Police, San Mateo Police Department, San Mateo, CA

The value of out-of-school time programs for youth development and as an alternative to incarceration may be self-evident to many of us. However, for those less familiar, the connection is not so apparent. In this session, hear from experts who have made this connection for different stakeholders; that out-of-school-time programs are both a prevention and intervention strategy for youth, including new research from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids on the “Prime Time for Juvenile Crime.”

3:45PM - 5:15PM

Promising Practices in Family Engagement
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: Sheila James, Regional Manager, COSA, Columbus, OH; Sarita Sashington, Strategic Relations Mgr., Be Strong Families, Matteson, IL

Engaging families as part of the solution illustrates the importance of shared responsibility in family and community engagement. Participants will listen and learn from a dynamic panel about innovative family engagement practices currently working within their communities, with the goal of improving students’ education.

Friday, May 1

9:15AM - 11:15AM


Panel Session workshops contact

Have a suggestion for a Panel Session workshop? Please contact:

Alicia Finch

Alicia Finch, Program Coordinator
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Please note: Name badges are required to attend all BOOST Conference events including all meals and all workshops.

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