Thu, May 16, 2019 until Fri, May 17, 2019
7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County


Afterschool Symposium 2019

Join your fellow out-of-school time friends and colleagues at Prime Time’s biggest event of 2019. The Afterschool Symposium 2019 will be two days of networking and learning, while celebrating the accomplishments and strides you have made to create quality afterschool programs that provide opportunity, education, positive relationships and fun to the children and youth who attend.


May 16, 2019

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

8:00 a.m. OST Recognition Breakfast with Ava Parker, President, Palm Beach State College

9:30 a.m. Exhibitor Showcase

May 17, 2019

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Keynote Speaker

9:30 a.m. Spark the Mind Professional Development Workshops

11:45 a.m. Advancing Afterschool Awards Luncheon




Denis Estimon immigrated to the United States from Haiti when he was in the first grade. Not being able to communicate with his classmates, Denis knows what it feels like to be isolated. Now, Denis makes it his life purpose to make sure no child has to feel the way he did. During his senior year in high school, Denis and his friends launched We Dine Together for the sole purpose of combating social isolation. We Dine Together aimes to provide a proactive solution to one of the leading top-five safety, health and social issues. Denis aims to promote the message of unity, love and inclusion as a speaker, activist and influencer. On May 17, 2019, Denis will share his secrets on how small changes add to big results!

Advancing Afterschool Awards

Prime Time Palm Beach County fosters professionalism and excellence in the field of afterschool and encourages you to participate in the Advancing Afterschool Awards 2019 nomination process using the following form. Recipients will be recognized for their commitment to quality standards, dedication to the children and contributions to the field at the Advancing Afterschool Awards 2019 Luncheon on Friday, May 17, 2019.

It’s a wonderful way to recognize the outstanding achievements of your fellow colleagues in the field!


Authentically Engaging Youth
Neese Parker, Youth Engagement Manager, Youthprise
Claire Dunlap, Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Youthprise

In this workshop, participants  will learn to collaborate with young people to re-imagine and shift their field of work. We will learn together how having an anti-racist intersectional approach not only helps build authentic relationships with youth and the broader community, but it helps sustain those relationships. Together, we wil  fight against tokenism and paternalism  to re-imagine what it means to be a professional recognizing and partnering with powerful young minds.

Digital Addiction Prevention
William Desravines, Program Facilitator, Youth Speak Out International

This workshop will address the need to self-regulate the use of on-screen technology and the negative impact digital addiction creates in today’s society. This hands-on workshop will empower participants to build empathetic environments that promote positive communication. Participants will acquire skills to build cognitive development in youth through participating in interactive activities formulating strategies and solutions to enable children and families to communicate face-to-face.

Empathy in Action: Methods
Laenne Thompson, Director, Field Services, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

This workshop will focus on ways to encourage youth to relate to others with acceptance and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences. Participants will collaboratively explore the definition of empathy, learn strategies and methods to support development of these skills in youth and assess and identify next steps to support this work in the out-of-school time setting.

Inspiring Adult and Youth Connections through SEL
Andrew Kramer, Adult Learning Specialist, Committee for Children

This play-based session on “building your relationships” toolkit will offer engaging practitioner and research perspectives on the intentional and explicit integration of social and emotional learning (SEL)-based activities into building and branding site teams’ and programs’ relational climate. This session is perfect for practitioners committed to building a strong culture of SEL within their programs.

Ready, Set, Escape!
Patricia Packard, Afterschool Site Director, Golden Grove Elementary Afterschool Program

This workshop will give participants the basics of creating a fun and challenging escape for your youth! Did you ever breakout of an Escape Room in the allotted time? Excited about your success? Youth get excited over successes as well. A classroom, afterschool or camp Escape Room may be the challenge they need to stretch their skills in a safe, cooperative environment that engages them from the minute they enter the room until the time that they escape!

Spark Social Change with Social Emotional Learning While Having Fun
Denis Estimon, Founder & CEO, We Dine Together

With the centering idea that “students don’t need explanations, they need examples,” participants will learn how to educate others with social and emotional learning (SEL) and life principles using fun and engaging activities.  Participants will be challenged to think about how to strategically implement SEL activities and answer four key questions that will help to assess the SEL efforts within their own programs. Real life examples will be shared to inspire and ground participants in the real world application of SEL.

The RACE to Equity in Out-of-School Programs
Michelle Hagues-Fullwood, M.S., Program Manager, Children’s Services Council of Broward County
Dr. Keisha Grey, Ed.D., Strategy Manager, Children’s Services Council of Broward County

Presenters from the Children’s Services Council of Broward County will share information on the Implicit Bias and Local History Workshop that has been presented to partners in the community. Learn how they have found implicit bias showing up in afterschool programs and how participants might use strategies  to reduce implicit bias in their afterschool programs.

Trauma Informed Care through Healing Centered Practices
Debbie Blas, M.S.W, Program Manager, ExpandED Schools

In this session, participants will deepen their understanding of the core concept of trauma, and the physical and emotional impact of traumatic experiences on student’s behavior and future health outcomes. Practitioners will also be introduced to strategies and approaches that can be used to create safe and secure out-of-school time experiences.