The Vermont Afterschool Conference is an annual event that brings together hundreds of expanded learning programs, partners, advocates, and educators from around the state for a full day of learning, networking, and celebration.
Our keynote speaker for 2019 is Matthew Emerzian. Matthew is Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Every Monday Matters(EMM), a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people and organizations understand how much and why they matter. Inspired by his book by the same name, EMM’s YOU MATTER K-12 Education Program is a no-cost Social & Emotional Learning curriculum currently reaching over one million students in 49 states and 6 countries. His work has been hailed by publications such as Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. Over the past ten years, Matthew has traveled the country sharing his unique story and insight on finding purpose. His life-changing message focuses on sustained personal and social change that happens by stepping outside of ourselves.
Professional Development and Networking
In total, this statewide professional development experience offers six hours of quality training plus time for visiting with exhibitors, hearing from state leaders and special guests, and networking with other programs and providers from around the state.
- Our 2019 conference will offer 24 workshop selections that focus on best practices in out-of-school time programming, youth development, and expanded learning opportunities.
- Full-day workshops offer in-depth training for participants who want a deeper dive on a single topic. For 2019, we are excited to offer “Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Youth Environments” with Outright Vermont’s Director of Education Mara Iverson. Mara is a highly sought-after trainer whose work centers around making the world a more awesome place.
- The conference concludes with the Afterschool Café. The Afterschool Café is an open networking time where attendees come together for music, food, sharing, and fun. Raffle prizes are also awarded during the Café thanks to the generosity and donations of more than 40 local programs, businesses, and organizations.
- Discounted room rates are available at the Stoweflake for those who want to stay Thursday night prior to the event.
2019 Conference Sponsors and Supporting Organizations
To find out more information on how to become a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please click here.