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November 13-15, 2019 | beaver creek, co

The inaugural PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference is now scheduled for Nov. 13-15, 2019. By changing the date, we can maximize opportunities for attendance and bring together a unique cohort of educators and leaders in regional and national communities.

The PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference is presented by YouthPower365 with support from National Afterschool Association and Afterschool Alliance. The education conference will bring together teachers, out-of-school educators, funders, and policy-makers from across the U.S. with aim to inform, inspire, and empower collective action to move the needle toward a nation where quality out-of-school opportunities are available to all children in need, especially in rural communities.

In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies recognized PwrHrs, one of YouthPower365’s signature programs, as a replicable model, leading to a three year “Every Child, Every Day” campaign to offer PwrHrs to every child in Eagle County, CO. From the campaign’s launch date in 2015, the PwrHrs program has seen a 50% increase in enrollments and positive growth in literacy, physical activity, and social-emotional indicators.

The PwrHrs Extended Learning model will be used as a launching point to exchange ideas and experiences in successful extended learning program implementation, highlight public-private partnerships, and encourage dialogue around policy change and advocacy at a local, state, and national level. Participant engagement and co-creation will be the guiding principles of this education conference, achieved through renowned keynote speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, participatory panel discussions, and opportunities to engage with PwrHrs programs and teachers during site visits. All attendees will have a stake in the conference outcomes, working together throughout all conference sessions to create collaborative curriculum resources for extended learning.

Early Bird Registration: $300

General Registration: $350

Lodging & transportation deals available!


Taking place over three days in November, the PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference will occur in the beautiful rural ski resort community of Beaver Creek, Colorado. Continue to check this page for exciting new additions to the conference agenda!

The conference will focus on four tracks:


YouthPower365 will share the PwrHrs Extended Learning model, and facilitate workshops with other practitioners and funders to share and discover extended learning best practices.


Experts in the field of evaluation will engage participants in participatory workshops to explore evaluation tools that measure extended learning program quality and impact.


Conference attendees are invited to explore the future of out of school time with policy makers and private funders. Participants from every sector will learn and share ideas on how to become stronger advocates for families and youth in their community.


Effective extended learning does not start in the classroom or stop when a student goes home. Families, communities, schools and extended learning programs must work collectively to continuously improve in a way which ensures the success of all our children.


Conference attendees will decide which new innovation they want to explore. Whether it is Ready Skills, Global Citizenship Study or Critical Media Consumption – this session will focus on what participants find new and exciting in the extended learning world.

Participants will take part in facilitated networking activities to share their experiences in delivering extended learning programs, including facilitated exercises highlighting techniques used by classroom innovators such as Lalela and Sanford Harmony. Sessions will engage participants to share what’s working, what isn’t, and how our shared experiences can contribute to what we can all learn about the practice and evolve it for our students’ well-being and success.

The art of Heart Mapping, a signature curriculum of South Africa-based Lalela, drives positive social change through an innovative curriculum of ideas, art and music, and connecting students on a deeper level of emotional and creative intelligence. Lalela provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking, awaken the entrepreneurial spirit, and help students express four emotions that define them as “being human and being extraordinary.” Students interview and discover each other by touring each other’s heart, learning about their cultural connections, common and different fears, challenges, talents, desires and dreams, and connecting people across cultural barriers, gender differences and other boundaries.

Sanford Harmony, the social-emotional learning program inspired by Philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, and researched and developed by educators at the Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University to identify practical strategies to improve classroom relationships that have impacted more than 1 million students nationwide

A limited number of 30 minute consultation sessions will be available to work with organizations or agencies on personalized capacity building in the areas of grants/fundraising, program quality, and afterschool design. This opportunity will take place pre and post conference, as well in evenings following the conference. Pre-registration required, along with a quick 15 minute phone/video conference prior to arrival. (Limited opportunities. First-Come / First Serve)

This town hall centered on a panel of funders will offer program staff and their supporters, in person and remotely, an opportunity to ask questions around the future of philanthropy and share concerns from their own communities. Questions will be collected from months of pre-conference discussion among the network of extended learning organizations and communities in need.

Conference attendees will have an option to visit Eagle County program sites and interact with students, teachers and program officers. This hands-on experience will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, November 7th.



Afternoon only

  • Pre-conference site visits to PwrHrs program locations
  • Keynote speaker
  • Networking & social gathering
  • Entertainment


Full Day

  • Keynote speakers
  • Workshop sessions & panels
  • Networking & consultation activities
  • Optional evening activites


Morning only

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Workshop sessions & panels
  • Networking & consultation activities
  • Closing



Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.
In America today, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends, more than 10 million students are in afterschool programs but the parents of almost 20 million children say their kids would participate if a program were available. The Afterschool Alliance seeks to educate the public, the media and policy makers about the enormous potential of quality afterschool programs and how programs across the country are inspiring children and creating opportunities for them to succeed academically, socially and professionally. The Afterschool Alliance serves as a national voice for afterschool and provides resources and materials to more than 25,000 afterschool programs. It organizes national and local afterschool events, including the organization’s signature event, Lights On Afterschool; conducts research on the need and support for afterschool; creates tools for afterschool practitioners; and connects afterschool leaders to national, state and local opinion leaders.
As Executive Director, Grant oversees all aspects of the Afterschool Alliance’s work – setting its goals and strategies for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, working with the field to help programs tap into federal funding streams, and supervising research to help national, state and local afterschool advocates and providers support, create and expand quality afterschool programs.


Carrie Morgridge serves as the Vice President and Chief Disruptor of The Morgridge Family Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to invest in transformative gifts. Carrie is the award winning Author of Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion Can Change the World. Her second book, The Spirit of the Trail was just released on May 5, 2018.

Carrie and her husband John created Student Support Foundation, a national organization that inspires youth philanthropy. For the past decade they have celebrated and advanced the educator profession by creating mindSpark Learning. mindSpark Learning is focused on empowering educators to tackle the most challenging conditions in their schools through Design Thinking and other strategies.

Carrie speaks nationally to education advocacy forums, at poverty alleviation conferences, and many convenings, globally, that are philanthropically focused. She divides her time between Colorado and Florida. She and John have two children who both reside in Denver, Colorado.


Growing up in rural Alabama I was fortunate to have been a part of 4-H through most of my junior high and high school years. I still remember vividly the absolute terror I felt in the minutes leading up to my first public speaking event! Thank goodness for those adults who worked with me, mentored me and helped me grow – not just as a speaker, but as a leader. Those afterschool experiences certainly helped make me the person I am today.
I was named President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association in June 2012. NAA – the voice of the afterschool profession – has over 20,000 members across the country and hosts the most comprehensive program of professional development opportunities for afterschool professionals anywhere in the United States. In this role I am tasked with reinvigorating a thirty year old organization to meet the needs of both emerging and experienced afterschool professionals through enhanced training and development as well as increased communication, outreach and membership engagement. I am proud of the number of innovations that I’ve helped develop at NAA, including the first national e-learning platform for afterschool, the first nationally-recognized STEM Credential for afterschool professionals and an Early Reading Literacy Initiative that will be launched in late 2016. I’ve also worked hard to broaden and expand the reach of NAA, diversifying its partnerships through the creation of a Corporate Advisory Board and the International Learning Exchange Program.
In 2014 I was honored to be selected as one of the inaugural members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, an initiative operated by the combined presidential libraries of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson. During my time as a scholar I focused on the creation of a Leadership Initiative for the afterschool field.


Stay tuned for an introduction to all conference panelists!







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