Leadership Symposium

Conference Date: Friday, September 29th
Location: Crowne Plaza Lansing-West, Lansing, MI

Registration Extended!

The Michigan Afterschool Association Leadership Symposium will draw approximately 300 youth development professionals from across the state of Michigan.  The conference will be held Friday, September 29, at the Crowne Plaza-West hotel in Lansing, Michigan.

MAA Leadership Symposium will focus on how leaders from different levels from front-line staff – site Coordinators, Directors, and youth – can work together to create high quality learning environments that reduce disparities among youth.  MAA understands that the out-of-school time sector must provide different types of supports to different youth – urban, rural, suburban – in order to ensure all youth are successful in school and in life.  The purpose of this Leadership Symposium is to equip leaders to create policies, programs, and practices that ensure all youth to reach their full potential.

Ways to attend the Leadership Symposium:

$85 MAA Member. If you’re a member, login now and visit the private Member Registration page to get your discount code

$95 Leadership Symposium. Register at the link below:

$145 Leadership Symposium PLUS MAA Membership. Become a member by visiting the Join Us page , then visit the private Member Event Codes page under the Training and Events navigation tab to get your discount code. The current events’ discount codes are published on that page.

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MAA has identified these NAA core competencies as priorities for the Leadership Symposium:

  1. Cultural competency;
  2. Program planning and development;
  3. Professional development/leadership; and
  4. Family, school, and community relations.

Other priority areas include:

  1. Getting to equity through high quality OST programming;
  2. Creating a culture of social emotional learning (SEL);
  3. Creating trauma-informed organizations and programs.


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & State of MAA Address
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morning Keynote: Engaging Youth as Agents of Change
10:00 a.m. – 10: 15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session I
1.     Equity: The Work of Leaders in OST

2.     Imagine U: A Model of SEL Delivery with Afterschool

3.     Transformational Leadership: Personalization Learning Through Technology

4.     Engaging Youth Leaders: Lessons Learned from the Field

5.     Powerful Bonds: Creating and Sustaining Youth/Adult Partnerships

6.     Implementing the Strengthening Families Model in OST

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Peer Panel: What Does it Mean to Lead OST?
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Peer Table Conversations
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. BREAK
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Session II
7.     Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Self Care

8.     Leadership, Inclusion, and Equity in the OST

9.     A Place at the Table: Building Bridges with Youth

10.  Trauma Informed Empowerment Groups

11.  Heads In

12.  Creating a Social Emotional Learning Culture

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Silent Auction Results