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Saturday, February 29


Check Your Gut
A growing number of studies show a link between hidden biases and actual behavior. In other words, hidden biases can reveal themselves in action, especially when a person's efforts to control behavior consciously flags under stress, distraction, relaxation, or competition. If people are aware of their hidden biases, they can monitor and attempt to ameliorate hidden attitudes before they are expressed through behavior. Such efforts may, over time, reduce the strength of unconscious biases.


Megan Vlaming

Program Quality Specialist, Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care
Megan Vlaming is a Program Quality Specialist for afterschool programs through the Office of Child Care. She oversees State and Federal funding through grants provided to different youth development organizations. With 15 years of experience in the afterschool and child development... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1008


Making the Connection Between Art and Social-Emotional Learning
This session will begin to touch on the vast effects that arts programming can have on our youth's well-being, communication skills, and ability to self-regulate emotions. Front line staff will be encouraged to think outside the box when it comes to utilizing the arts as a valuable tool in planning, behavior management, and connecting with youth! We will also discuss how to utilize basic therapeutic art techniques to promote Social and Emotional learning, and how add these tips and tricks to your Afterschool tool box.

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Taylor Grzeskiewicz

Center Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Taylor Grzeskiewicz is currently the Promise South Salt Lake Center Coordinator for the Historic Scott School Arts and Community Center and the Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center. She has worked in the Afterschool field for seven years, combining her passion... Read More →
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Tori Smith

Center Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Tori Smith is currently the Promise South Salt Lake Center Coordinator for Roosevelt Elementary and the Meadowbrooke STEM Center. She has worked with youth in various capacities for over four years, most recently focusing on cultivating collaborative high quality planning on a organization... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1022


Speaking Your Student's Love Language
As discovered in Gary Chapman’s book "The Five Love Languages," each child has a special love language that fills up their reservoir the quickest. We will discover how to find the love language for yourself and for your students so that you can find greater connection and have the ability to nurture kids with love. Behavior will improve and your connections with the student will impact them for a life time.

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Connie McCullough

Sistema Utah Director, American Preparatory Academy
Connie McCullough is a Sistema Utah Director at American Preparatory Academy. She manages and runs an afterschool music program where 140 kids receive three hours of music instruction each day. She loves teaching music. She and her partner Trina Christensen manage Sistema Strings... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1083


All Are Welcome: Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Classrooms
The first step for creating a positive environment is making sure all youth feel safe and welcomed. We talk a lot about the importance of having trauma-informed and inclusive programs, but what does that look like? In this session, participants will learn the 6 components of a trauma-informed approach, reflect on what it means to have a trauma-informed and inclusive classroom, and develop concrete ways to practice inclusive and trauma-informed programming. Participants will walk away with inclusive and trauma-informed language, examples of how to empower and support their youth, and solutions of how to overcome barriers to creating a safe and inclusive classroom.


Ocean Candler

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Ocean Candler has been involved with Planned Parenthood for the last seven years, recently moving into a position as a Community Educator. She has a passion for providing inclusive and empowering sexual health education to youth and adults throughout Utah. Ocean earned a BS in Public... Read More →

Halima Noor

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Halima Noor is a Community Health Educator who gives youth and adults tools to express themselves, take action and respect diverse opinions when facilitating comprehensive sex education. She has been on the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah education team for a year now. Previous... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1080


Learning Activities: Games That Teach
Everyone loves playing games and when it comes to youth development, we can take these games and use them to teach life lessons. This class is designed to provide you with tools for leading discussions for processing games to get the most out of them. Learn step by step how you too can become a master Facilitator! Yes, you will learn new games, but the focus of this class will be how to take them to the next level of learning.


Vernon Parent

Extension Associate Professor, USU Extension
Vernon Parent has been teaching and mentoring youth for most of his life. As an early peer mentor in Silicon Valley California, Vernon taught inner city kids about natural systems working in coastal tidal pools and forest ecosystems. Since that time he has worked with youth of all... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1029


Happily Ever After: Intro to LGBTQ Children's Books
This session offers participants a hand-on introduction to different types of children’s and middle reader books that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning themes and characters. Innovative books like “George,” “And Tango Makes Three,” and “I am Jazz,” among others, can be useful tools for creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ young people and families, and for facilitating conversations with youth about gender variance, unconscious bias, and diversity. Participants will be given resources for guiding discussion, prompting questions, and intervention strategies to ensure conversations are safe, productive, and engaging for youth.


Bonnie Owens

Safe at School Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Bo(nnie) Owens received both a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and a Masters degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Utah. An activist by trade and an educator by profession, Bo(nnie) has explored teaching in a variety of educative settings including... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1022


The Science of Play
This games-based workshop builds upon our fall session from Jump Start, explores the benefits play has on the social and emotional development of children, and includes opportunities to build game-play into a well-rounded program.


Ashley Engeler

Program Director, Playworks Utah
Ashley joins us with a decade of experience working in youth development. Her unique professional history includes hands-on work in after school programs, developing and implementing elementary school programming, and providing ongoing professional development for administrators and... Read More →

Sarah Keady

Program Specialist, Playworks Utah
Sarah is the Certified Pro Trainer for Playworks Utah, as well as a Site Coordinator for two elementary schools in the Salt Lake area. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Community Health and Exercise Science, and enjoys working with adults and children to create... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1005