PRESENTER ACCOLADES

BOOST is an amazing conference experience! The BOOST team does a terrific job creating an outstanding environment for connecting, learning and all around fun. Presenting there was a complete delight.
- Greg Shamie, Director of Staff Development, The Leadership Program, New York, NY, BOOST Presenter, 2017


 
If you’re looking for innovative and purposeful partnerships, the BOOST Conference is the place to find them. Here’s an example!
- Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, DC, BOOST Presenter, 2017

I LOVE attending and presenting at BOOST! The atmosphere is always super positive and the attendees are energized, engaged, open-minded, and ready to play, learn, and share their knowledge. The BOOST Team is fantastic to work with, they are always available and ready to help with whatever is needed, and they truly create a space where everyone feels like a VIP. BOOST is truly a great space to connect, inspire, be inspired, and reaffirm that the people dedicated to working with youth are doing amazing things. I leave each year with my head and heart filled up and excited about returning for the next one!
- Justin McGlamery, Adventure Education Coordinator, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, BOOST Presenter, 2014

This is my first year presenting at the BOOST Conference and I was so thrilled to be invited! It's so important that the voice of students be included in discussions about education and about after school programs so it was wonderful to be able to share my ideas in my student-led workshop. Everyone came with an open mind and we had some great discussions -lots of positive energy! Thanks again for including me.
- Jack Andraka, Student Researcher, North County High School, Crownsville, MD, BOOST Presenter, 2014


The BOOST Conference naturally stands out as a great summit for our field to demonstrate its work, inclusive of both practice and research. That goes without saying. But the true worth of this gathering in the desert are the "unstructured" times of brainstorming and discussion that we have enjoyed as colleagues since the inception of BOOST.

Our youth leadership program has a tag line that reads, "define your space." It communicates the importance of any one individual being the architect behind the look and feel of the space they occupy. BOOST is a great representation of this philosophy. As a participant and presenter, I have come to define my work, relationships, impact, and outlook for our future in the space called BOOST. Anyone worth their salt will testify to the fact that "free time" in this space is where our true ambitions are weighed against! Thank you to Tia and her unique team of dreamers and doers for trusting us with this space!
- Carlos Santini, Associate Director, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2014


This was my first time presenting at the BOOST Conference and I was really impressed with the energy and participation of the participants! Everyone came to the table eager and ready to learn! The participants thought outside the box, were creative, and demonstrated a commitment to their learning and to their organizations as a whole! Regarding the conference as a whole, I speak and attend many different conferences, and I can honestly say, there was a true sense of engagement and community amongst the staff, participants, and presenters. It was really great being part of the energy and excitement! ... Oh and the youth band was phenomenal!!
- Dr. Annemarie M. Grassi, Chief Executive Officer, Open Doors Academy, Cleveland, OH, BOOST Presenter, 2014


This is the second year I have presented a meditation workshop for the BOOST Conference and it was once again amazing! It is truly special to see so many people coming together from the around the country to learn how to better serve our youth. The morning meditation by the pool was quite spectacular. I was impressed at the amount of people who showed for a 7:30am class. This is a first class conference led by a spectacular team at BOOST. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, I am grateful and already looking forward to next year!
- Jeffrey Zlotnik, Founder & Executive Director, The Meditation Initiative, San Diego, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2014


This was my first time presenting at BOOST! I appreciate that the conference atmosphere is smart and lively. The staff set us up for success in our presentation and I especially appreciated having young people stand alongside us as workshop hosts. Big PROPS to the Team at BOOST!
- Franklin Hysten, Senior Associate, Be The Change Consulting; Founder, Hysten Consulting, Oakland, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2014


I was thrilled to be able to present at the BOOST Conference. The conference attendees are eager to learn and extremely open to new ideas. I attend many conferences throughout a year and this is one of the most refreshing and reenergizing events of the year. The BOOST staff and crew are top notch, always available to answer questions and make the event great.
- Christopher Ortiz, Training Manager, High 5 Adventure Learning Center, Brattleboro, VT, BOOST Presenter, 2014


BOOST is an excellent mix of learning, networking, collaborating, inspiring and being inspired by others!
- Melissa Tovaas, National Education Consultant, Developmental Studies Center, Los Angeles, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2014


As a team, the Afterschool and Expanded Learning group at AIR presents at many conferences around the country. The BOOST Conference continues to be our favorite for a number of reasons. First of all, Tia and her team really know how to put on a conference. It is clear that a lot of thought goes into not only what tracks and sessions will be most relevant for attendees, but also how best to optimize everyone's time while at the conference. From the morning energizers to the keynote speakers to the poolside receptions, there is plenty of time to connect with some amazing people in the field of afterschool. Second, as a presenter, Tia and her team are great at communicating in advance of the conference and assuring that everything during the conference is going smoothly. And last, but definitely not least, the BOOST Conference manages to attract an engaging audience that is thirsty for information year after year. Add to all of that the beautiful and welcoming destination of Palm Springs, CA and you have a win-win for presenters and attendees. Kudos to the BOOST team!
-Jamie Singer, Senior Consultant, Afterschool and Expanded Learning, American Institutes for Research, Chicago, IL, BOOST Presenter, 2013


 Outstanding event – This conference is the leader in presenting current issues in the field.
-Harry Talbot, Administrative Coordinator, LAUSD - Beyond the Bell Branch, Los Angeles, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


It's an honor to lead workshops at BOOST. The conference is so well organized and attracts attendees who are eager to learn and participate. The BOOST conference is a great venue for presenters because of the location, the organization, and most of all because of the terrific people who attend.
-Jeff Salzman, CEO, Nature Watch, Agoura Hills, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


I have been a presenter at the BOOST Conference several times and each time I have been impressed with the professionalism, dedication, and commitment of the team to make my experience a positive one. The BOOST team is excellent at communicating with me as a presenter to make sure all my needs are met. I can tell the team really appreciates the time I take as a speaker to prepare my workshop. Being a presenter at this conference is a pleasurable experience!
- Gabriela G. Baeza, Project Specialist II, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


I am always impressed with the enthusiasm and passion of the participants in my sessions! They participate in everything and are so excited to take what they learn back to their sites! I get so excited to see the level of commitment these participants have regarding doing what's the best thing for kids! Love it, love it!!!
-Sandy Slade, Clinician, Sandy Spin Slade, Inc., Corona, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


Over the past 20 years I have exhibited at about 150 conferences and presented at dozens. Hands down BOOST is absolutely my favorite conference to attend, exhibit and present! Why? The staff is efficient, engaging, upbeat, very organized and a LOT OF FUN. Tia is a great leader and she puts on an amazing conference. The exhibitors have quality products and programs -- the presenters are the top in their field of expertise. If you're in the field of "out-of-school-time" BOOST is THE conference to attend.
-Mike Liston, President, Rhythms of Life, Salt Lake City, UT, BOOST Presenter, 2013


This was my first year presenting at the BOOST Conference. The conference was well-organized, with creative social and academic activities that far exceeded most conferences I've been to. The energy among the attendees was incredible, with opportunities to meet and network around every corner!
-Alex Kajitani, California Teacher of the Year, Escondido School District, Carlsbad, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


BOOST is always a time for some of the nation's best and brightest in education, specifically around after school programming, to get together, fellowship, discuss ways to better education; all in an amazing venue. I have met some of the most beautiful people at BOOST. There are tons of workshops and exhibitions that are exciting, interactive and informative.
-Kamau Stanford, Community Engagement Director, Mastery Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


The BOOST Conference strives to bring together professionals from across the education spectrum. The conference staff was welcoming with every interaction. The atmosphere was fun and engaging, and the Palm Springs area was breathtaking. Through the conference, I was able to make connections with others in the after school and expanded learning community that I otherwise may not have met. As a presenter, the attentiveness to detail provided by the BOOST team enabled me to have a trouble free session. The BOOST Conference provides a good balance of workshops, networking, and social time to reenergize those on the front lines, at the director level, and doing statewide and national work.
-Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development, White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow, Connecticut After School Network, Farmington, CT, BOOST Presenter, 2013


I have presented at the BOOST Conference for over five years. BOOST has one of the most professional systems for supporting a facilitator. The communication is clear from the start about what materials I need to bring to what BOOST provides. The RFP request is clearly defined and clearly BOOST has high expectations for presenter content. At the conference, I always feel supported by the room host and staff. Following the conference, BOOST delivers the evaluations in a timely fashion so I can learn from the experience. All the way through from RFP submission to receiving thank you gifts- the BOOST Staff demonstrates excellence and pure professionalism. I hope to continue to present at BOOST, and represent the conference as well as the conference represents my work and passion.
-Julia Gabor, Owner/CEO, A Very Good Consult, Redondo Beach, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


BOOST is one of the highlights of my year! I love the afterschool spirit of fun and adventure. I see so many friends and am always inspired to take my work to the next level. BOOST has awesome workshops, speakers and now movies...and don't forget the t-shirts!
-Reba Rose, Founder of Stand Tall Leadership, Director of Program Strategy at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Oakland, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013 


I had the opportunity to lead a workshop at the BOOST Conference in Palm Springs and it was incredible! It was the first time I was around so many people in one place who care so much about our youth. I met people from all over the world who seemed to be there for the same reason - To make life better for kids! Since the conference, I know the meditation techniques I shared have been put to use by people who attended the workshop from around the USA and Canada. I made new friends and have kept in touch with many of the presenters and attendees. I was impressed with the professional nature of conference and the entire BOOST Team. They were kind, generous and extremely helpful in creating such a beautiful environment for learning to take place. I am already looking forward to the next conference and hope to make this an annual event for myself and The Meditation Initiative.
-Jeff Zlotnik, Executive Director, The Meditation Initiative, San Diego, CA, BOOST Presenter, 2013


When I am fortunate enough to present at BOOST, I am confident that the overall conference be well-organized, the sessions will be high-quality, and the participants will be positive, energetic, and happy. These ingredients blend together to set me up to deliver a positive and effective session. BOOST is definitely a class act.
-Mike Ashcraft, Founder and CEO, Children's Choice Child Care Services, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, BOOST Presenter, 2013


I always have a great experience presenting at BOOST. Participants are engaged, excited and really inventive and talented. I always leave inspired for what is possible in the out-of-school time field after I've spent time with such high caliber professionals.
-Lupine Reppert, Director of Education & Membership, ACA, Southern California/Hawaii, BOOST Presenter, 2013

 

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