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Dear BOOSTers,

In just a few days over 2,100 of the nation’s leading out-of-school time educators will gather in sunny (and hot) Palm Springs to learn, network, and grow. We can’t wait to reunite with friends and colleagues and meet new friends and colleagues.
If you haven’t registered yet, you can still register on-site.
See you in Palm Springs!

Thank you for all that you do to support the children, youth, families, and communities that you serve.
Together we make a difference.

Tia Quinn, CEO
BOOST Collaborative

OSTI Awards

The OSTI Awards honors out-of-school time individuals and programs that are providing innovative approaches to support students, families and communities. 


Carla Sanger Photo


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00pm

BOOST Collaborative awards Carla Sanger, M.Ed, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA's BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) After School Enrichment Program. In the span of her over 45 year career, Sanger has been a specialist in children's education policy and advocacy in both the public and private sector. She is currently advocating for expanded learning programs to be added to the national education reform debate.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 
General Session 


Senna was born with multiple, life-threatening food allergies and asthma, which she now loves to teach others about dealing with in a positive way. Senna also adores animals, and, when she is not otherwise occupied reading them or fundraising for them, likes to write about them (and why she doesn't eat them) on her blog,

2013 BOOST Conference Accolade

"It was a great conference and I am so pleased that I was able to attend. I've been to many conferences, nationwide, and this was by far one of the best I've been to. Thank you for a great 3 days!"

Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors

Conference Host Sponsor:
BOOST Collaborative

Workshop Strand Sponsors:
Partnership for Children and Youth and Summer Matters, California School-Age Consortium, Be the Change Consulting, LAUSD

Opening Reception and BOOST Live Reception Sponsor:

Heart of Coaching Workshops:
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Morning Recess Sponsors:
arc, BIKE Palm Springs Rentals and Tours, Tour de BOOST, The Meditation Initiative 

Homecoming Party Sponsors:
STEMfinity, Fulcrum Learning Systems,

Energizer Sponsor:
The Leadership Program

Exhibitor Showcase Sponsors:
Xtreme Math Games, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, CalWIN, The Math Party, The Reading Party

Student Artwork Sponsors:
STAR Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education

Bag Stuffing Sponsors:
Central Valley Afterschool Foundation, Youth Today, Conscious Discipline, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, You Can do the Rubik's Cube, Compass Awards, Coast 2 Coast Soccer, ASAPConnect

Leadership Team Supporters:
BOOST Collaborative, Big Up Kidz, The YMCA, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Reach for the Stars, Child Development Programs, Orange Unified School District, Options


Homecoming Party

Join the Homecoming celebration welcoming back former BOOST attendees as well as newcomers. Homecoming King & Queen will be awarded for the best 80's style dress- like totally. DJ, dancing and food and drink specials will be available.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Event Sponsors:


Hat Contest

BOOST is continuing our creative and fun tradition at our Annual Opening Reception so get ready to celebrate in style. Show off at the opening poolside reception! Ornate, glamorous headpieces, outrageous-themed head wear, fancy floral arrangements, sports-theme, program oriented or boast your company or agency flair!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:30pm-6:30pm

Be entered into one of 3 different Hat Contest categories: Most Glamorous, Best Theme, and Most Creative.
Prizes include a free haircut and gift cards to surrounding Palm Springs restaurants!

Film Festival

The BOOST Film Festival strand offers attendees the opportunity to view films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today’s youth. Many of the featured films offer supplemental materials, such as curriculum, to take back and implement at your school or program. 

Short Term 12

World Peace Games and Other Fourth Grade Achievements

Blood Brother

Submit The Documentary

Who Cares About Kelsey?

American Promise

Master Classes

BOOST Master Classes are classes offered to attendees by world-class experts of a discipline in order to develop skills in fundamental concepts or stimulate thought in a specific area. BOOST Master Classes may include lecture, panels, research findings, promising practices, case studies, real-world issues, and valuable industry expertise by respected leaders in their field.

Check out the list of Master Classes.

Keynote Speakers

We are especially excited for the keynotes that will be attending the BOOST Conference this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with each speaker at our Meet the Authors event.

John Hunter
Founder "World Peace Games," Teacher and Educational Consultant 

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD Author
"Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined," Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University

See the schedule here.

Gear Shop

Don't forget to stop by the BOOST Collaborative booth in the Exhibit Hall to purchase your BOOST gear! 

Tag #PlanetBOOST on Instagram and you could see your photo featured on our Monthly Newsletter, website and Instagram. You will also be entered to win free BOOST Conference registration.


The BOOST Conference Exhibit Hall will be filled with more than 90 exhibitors.

Click here for the 2014 exhibitor list.

Meet the Authors

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:45am-10:15am and 1:30pm-2:30pm

Thursday, May 1, 2014
12:00pm-1:00pm and 2:30-3:30pm 

Take this opportunity to mix and mingle with exhibitors and participate in our Meet the Authors series.

Learn more about this event here

Web Banners

Support the BOOST Conference by placing our SAVE THE DATE Web Banner on your site! Copy and paste the HTML code into the HTML of your site.

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Click here for more sizes. 

Inspiration Stations

Get inspired by mini-workshops hosted amidst the excitement of the Exhibit Hall. 

For more information about Inspiration Stations, click here.

Tour de BOOST

Join us on a 5-mile bicycle tour around glorious Palm Springs!

Meet in front of the Palm Springs Convention Center at 6:45am on Thursday, May 1st to get your bike, helmet, and meet your Tour Guide. The ride is beginner level with minor hills.  Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toed-shoes. Complimentary bottled water will be provided.

Proceeds benefit Well in the Desert.

Preventing Violence and Protecting Our Children

This workshop will be led by Wayne Sakamoto, director of Safe Schools at Murrieta Valley Unified School District, who has more than 30 years experience working in the arena of school safety and violence prevention. Sakamoto will explore ways in which programs and training can reduce violence in schools.

Take a look at the 2014 BOOST Conference final brochure and start planning your BOOST experience!

Student Entertainment

PolyTechnic Poetry Slam Team

Atherton Elementary School Drumline, Houston ISD

Morning Meditation

Friday, May 2, 2014 7:30am-8:30am

Join the poolside morning meditation with The Mediation Initiative. This introductory session will allow you
 to manage your stress and anxiety in addition to various techniques, postures, and expectations in daily meditation practice.

Dive-In Movie

Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:00pm-10:00pm

Gather poolside in a chaise lounge or on a raft in the pool and watch the movie Anchorman on the big screen! Drink and appetizer specials will be available.

College Credits

Only $395!
Need College Credits? It’s simple, here’s how….
• Attend 6 BOOST Conference Workshops
• Complete independent follow-up work
• Earn 9 units through University of California, Irvine (UCI) Extension

Click here for more information.
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