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November 7-9, 2018 | beaver creek, co

YouthPower365 will host the inaugural PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference from November 7-9, 2018 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, Colorado. 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.



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.


November 7th

Afternoon only

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

November 8th

Full Day

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

November 9th

Morning only

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



Keynote Speaker, President & CEO, National Afterschool Association

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.







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