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    May 1 - May 4, 2013  

   Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, California


Check out the 2013 Exhibitors registered so far for the BOOST Conference Exhibit Hall:



BOOST Collaborative
Child Care Careers
Cityspan Technologies

Discount School Supply
ETA hand2mind

EZ-CARE2/SofterWare, Inc. 


EZ Reports * 



Grand Canyon University * 


Healthy Kids Out of School * 


 Kids Included Together 


MindWorks Resources



Natural High  * 


 School-Age NOTES  


Simply Fun


Star Education  * 




Your Self Series


( * indicates new as of January 1, 2013)  


Is there an organization you would like to see at BOOST to network with?  Share your ideas with Alex at


Click here to learn more about becoming an exhibitor. 



Inspiration Stations are an informal way to bring a group of participants together for an in-depth conversation and to share perspectives about specific area(s) of interest or ideas. Host an Inspiration Station at the BOOST Conference; it is a great opportunity to share best practices, new ideas, or get feedback.


Inspiration Stations are free to host and available on a first-come first serve basis to registered BOOST participants.  


Sample Inspiration Stations from the 2012 BOOST Conference:

  • Giving Choice to Kids with Special Needs 
  • Growing our Future Leaders 
  • The Self: Every Student's Tool for Success 

For more information on Inspiration Stations and to submit an application, click here.



Looking to host a breakfast or business meeting with your colleagues at the upcoming BOOST Conference? We offer complimentary meeting space for up to 15 people in the Palm Springs Convention Center Boardroom. If your group is larger than 15, we also have larger rooms available to accommodate your group.  


Please Note: The space does not include Audio Visual or food and beverage.  Please let us know if you would like to order food or A/V.





Please contact Alex Cameron to reserve your space 


For more information, click  here!



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Dear BOOSTers,


Phase 1 of the 2013 BOOST Conference workshop sessions has been announced! Do not miss exceptional presentations from the following organizations joining us from across the nation:
  • A Very Good Consult
  • American Camp Association, Southern California/Hawaii
  • arc Experience
  • Center for Collaborative Solutions
  • Children's Choice
  • Council on Accreditation
  • College Success Foundation - District of Columbia
  • Community Schools Collaboration
  • Connecticut After School Network
  • Escondido Union School District
  • Georgia Tech
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington
  • Healthy Kids Out Of School - Tufts University
  • Illinois College
  • Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond The Bell
  • MAPs Grant Development Team
  • Mental Health Systems, Inc.
  • Michigan After-School Partnership
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Natural High
  • Never Stop Climbing
  • Rhythms of Life
  • Riverside Unified School District
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • Sandy Spin Slade, Inc.
  • Techbridge
  • The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC)
  • The Holland Group
  • The Leadership Program
  • The Trevor Project
  • Urban Youth Justice
  • Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction/21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Woodcraft Rangers
  • YMCA of the USA
  • Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy

 ...More organizations announced in Phase II!



Please click here to see the complete list of BOOST Conference presenters joining us in Palm Springs this year.




Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel: 70% Sold Out


Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: 1-760-322-6000


BOOST 2013 Conference Rate- $136



Click  here to book your room today.


For more information on the Palm Springs area, click here.


*All housing accommodations must be made through this website using the link provided. If you are being contacted by a third party, this is not related to the BOOST Conference and you should not provide any financial information.




Hilton Palm Springs Resort

400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: 760-320-6868


Conference Rate: $136 per night




The Hilton Hotel is just over a mile from the Palm Springs International airport and within walking distance to the Palm Springs Convention Center, sidewalk cafes, museums and nightlife. The Hilton Palm Springs also offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the Palm Springs International Airport.



Click here to book your room today.


For the most current accommodations information, click here to visit our website.


 *All housing accommodations must be made through this website using the link provided. If you are being contacted by a third party, this is not related to the BOOST Conference and you should not provide any financial information.



Want to make extra money???


Do you know of an organization or vendor that would be a great addition to the 2013 BOOST Conference Exhibit Hall?


Receive $30.00 for each vendor you refer who purchases a booth at the 2013 BOOST Conference!


Here's how to get started:

  • Please visit the BOOST Conference website and familiarize yourself with all of the 2013 Exhibitor information here.  
  • Provide outreach to vendors you already use or partner with or to potential new vendors. Tell them about the BOOST Conference and invite them to register for the 2013 BOOST Conference as an Exhibitor.
  • Tell them to add your name as a referral in the How Did You Hear About BOOST box upon registering as an Exhibitor online (this is mandatory in order to be paid for each referral; no payments will be made if you are not listed as a referral).
  • You will be paid $30 per new referral. All payments for new referrals will be made immediately following the 2013 Conference.


A vendor must not have attended in 2012 to be considered (see 2012 Exhibitor List here).


The vendor must be in attendance (not a cancellation) at the 2013 Conference for referral payment to be made.  


Please contact if you have any questions.




Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 for our comprehensive Pre-conference Academy aimed at helping you create change- personally and professionally.   


This year, we are featuring....



Beyond the Bell: Collaborating, Planning, and Implementing Quality Afterschool and Youth Development Programs


American Institutes for Research (AIR) Afterschool and Expanded Learning specialists will introduce you to the Beyond the Bell Toolkit, which includes information on program management, communication, collaboration, community building, parent and family involvement, and program design and delivery.  Participants will then have the opportunity to put the concepts into practice. AIR staff will model staff development sessions on linking with the traditional school day, as well as developing and implementing project-based activities.

This interactive session will have multiple opportunities for hands-on activities and networking.  Participants will be provided with a copy of the Beyond the Bell® Toolkits part of their registration fee for the pre-conference workshop!

Registration Fee: $175

For more information and to register for the Pre-conference Academy, click here.



Now is the time to register for the 2013 BOOST Conference. Secure your space today!


Phase III: Standard Registration 

November 1, 2012-April 12, 2013 


Only $440 per person!

Conference Registration Includes: 
  • Access to Workshop Sessions & Inspiration Stations
  • Admission to Film Festival
  • BOOST Nation: Town Hall Participation 
  • Meals (breakfast & lunch provided Thursday and Friday, breakfast provided on Saturday)
  • Access to All Conference Sponsored Events
  • Exhibit Hall Pass
  • Networking Reception
  • Post Conference Trip Report
  • Certificate of Attendance
For more information on registering for the 2013 BOOST Conference, click here


Already registered? Click here to view the conference schedule at-a-glance.

The Largest Global Convening of Out-of-School Time Professionals  




Paul Tough,

Bestselling Author of  

How Children Succeed


Paul Tough challenges our culture's belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. It's not. In How Children Succeed, he ushers in a tidal change in thinking and argues that non-cognitive skills-or, character-are better indicators of success: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit.


A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough is also the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, which focuses on the steps necessary to improve the lives and education of underserved children. Through the case study of the Harlem Children's Zone, Tough describes the inspiring struggle to establish a way to combat poverty that could be replicated nationwide. Tough has also contributed to This American Life and The New Yorker, where he has honed his focus upon education, poverty, parenting, and politics.



For more information on Paul Tough, click here.  



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