To continually see how seriously others take our work is uplifting and helps the world to see us a legitimate part of children's lives”
- Luis, Program Director and 2015 OST Symposium participant
The OST Symposium
Each November, the Agenda for Children’s Out of School Time (OST) Symposium harnesses Cambridge's collective efforts and knowledge. This will be our 7th year!
The 2019 AFCOST Symposium will be held November 4-8, 2019 at Lesley University's Brattle Campus. We're in full-on recruitment mode for Symposium presenters from our OST community and topics you'd like to learn more about at the Symposium. Contact Barbara Murphy-Warrington for more information. And keep checking back here for the Symposium Schedule, which will be posted in October 2019!
In 2013, the Agenda for Children created the OST Symposium for the Cambridge out-of-school time community. The Symposium was designed as an opportunity for members of the community to present their passions, interests and best practices to each other in a conference-style format, with large group events, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities. The first Symposium included upwards of twenty-five workshops that engaged over 200 community participants. All presenters were members of the Cambridge OST community, including front line staff, program directors, executives, and Agenda for Children Coaches.
Each Fall the OST Symposium harnesses Cambridge's collective efforts and knowledge, moving the community forward in its pursuit of excellent practice. In the spirit of inclusion, equity and access, the event is open to everyone with an interest in participating, including our external partners.
The creation of a safe environment that supports our efforts in building our OST professional community through peer leadership, mutual learning, and sharing of challenges and promising practices.
The creation of a professional development opportunity for community practitioners that embodies the Agenda for Children’s mission, “to convene, support and share innovations with the youth-serving community of Cambridge,” and belief that “all people have the capacity for change and growth; when adults who work with youth are provided with opportunities for continuous learning, clear expectations and accountability, there is a positive impact on opportunities and experiences for youth."