Nebraska Afterschool Conference

October 11, 2019
Younes Conference Center
416 W Talmadge Rd
Kearney, NE

The Get Connected 2019 Nebraska Afterschool Conference provides an opportunity to learn more about planning and implementing a quality afterschool or summer program. Sessions offered throughout the day target a variety of audiences including program leaders, program staff, teachers, school administrators, community partners, and others interested in afterschool and summer learning opportunities for children and youth.

Travel Scholarship

2019 GetConnected Conference Schedule

7:45 AM to 8:30 AM – Registration opens

  • Breakfast
  • Walk ‘N Talk display tables open (until 12:00 noon)

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM – Opening session

  •  Welcome and announcements
  • Awards
  • *Unconference planning

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM – Workshop I

11:00  AM to 12:00 PM- Workshop II

12:15 AM to 1:30 PM- Lunch, awards, and featured speakers

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM – Workshop III

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – *Unconference session in main ballroom

  • Small group discussions focused on topics identified by conference attendees

4:00 PM – Tailgate and Door Prizes

Registration fee:

Attendee – $60 if paid by October 11, 2019
Presenter – $30 if pay by October 11, 2019 (2 presenters per session)
Walk ‘N Talk Host – FREE registration for one table host

A late processing fee of $10 will be assessed if not paid by October 11, 2019

All registration fees include conference materials, luncheon, and refreshments.  Once the form is completed and submitted, Carolyn Koch ESU 7 will email the invoice for registration fees.  Checks should be made out to ESU 7 and mailed to:

Educational Service Unit #7
Attn: Carolyn Koch
2657 44th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601-8537
Federal Tax I.D. #47-0499223
Phone: 402.564.5753, Extension 1039
Fax: 402.563.1121
Email: ckoch@esu7.org

Individual Registration

Group Registration Form
If registering more than one individual, complete the Group Registration form. If names are not known at the time the registration form is completed, insert a place holder name (e.g., Staff #1, Staff #2). Email completed Group Registration form to Sherri Landis, sherri.landis@nebraska.gov. Please email Sherri Landis with attendee names once they are known.

Name Changes
Name changes on registrations are allowed.  Email Sherri Landis, sherri.landis@nebraska.gov with the updated information.

On-site Registration
If space is available, registrations will be accepted the day of the conference.  All registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited so register early!

Cancellations
Cancellations received by Monday, October 7, 2019 will be refunded.  No refunds are available for cancellations or no-shows after that date.

Travel Scholarship

We are excited to offer a limited number of travel scholarships to attendees of our conference. To qualify for the scholarship, attendees need to: participate in the entire conference on October 11, be from a community that is not Omaha or Lincoln, not already be funded through 21st Century (if you are a 21st Century site, you can apply for other community members and staff) and send us a copy of the travel itinerary prior to the conference. Awardees are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Travel Scholarship can be used for:

  • Conference Registration
  • Hotel Lodging
  • Mileage

Link here for the travel scholarship form.

Please note:
Due to recent flooding in Kearney, you will not be able to contact the conference hotel to make your room reservations until mid-August.


We have reserved a block of rooms for the conference.  You may make reservations by calling the Fairfield Inn & Suites (510 Talmadge Rd) at 308-236-4200 and requesting the 2019 GetConnected Afterschool Conference block.

The discounted group room rate is $109.95 per night, plus taxes and will remain open until 9/30/2019.  After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel to sell.

There are several other hotels within the vicinity.  Please feel free to use any of them.

Regent Bob Whitehouse ELO Policy Champion Award

Regent Bob White ELO Policy Champion AwardRegent Bob Whitehouse has been a lifelong champion of education. Bob Whitehouse was elected to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2006, was reelected in 2012 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2011 and 2017. Throughout his long career, Bob also worked as a teacher and coach at Central High school, a Principal at Bryan Senior High School, Adjunct Professor at UNO, Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Institute, Education Consultant for OPS.  Later in his career, Bob shifted his focus to  expanded learning opportunities, serving as the first Coordinator of the Middle School Learning Initiative, as Board Chair of Collective for Youth and is currently on the leadership team for Beyond School Bells. Nebraska would be hard pressed to find another person in this state who has dedicated their life so fully to supporting educational excellence and expanded learning opportunities. Because of his outstanding leadership, our conference committee has created our annual Policy Champion award in his name.

Explore My Community

Contest for Nebraska Afterschool Students

We want young people to tell us about why visitors should come explore your community. Beyond School Bells is sponsoring “Explore My Community” Brochure Contest, an innovative and exciting contest for afterschool students to participate in this fall. The project-based activity is an opportunity for students in your afterschool program to highlight their community in a digital brochure and showcase the unique, interesting and inviting aspects of their community. All participating student groups will receive a pizza party at their afterschool program. Winners and prizes will be announced at the 2019 “Get Connected” Nebraska Afterschool Conference in Kearney on October 11th. Register for complete contest information and details.  REGISTRATION – Contest for Nebraska Afterschool Students

Request for Proposals (RFP)

NEW DEADLINE: Proposals accepted until June 27, 2019
Registration deadline for presenters is August 23, 2019

Walk N Talk Proposals

Walk N Talk display tables are for organizations to informally connect with afterschool leaders and staff. Agencies and organizations that will be accepted to host a Walk ‘N Talk display table will be those who provide resources and support at no cost or minimal cost to afterschool and summer programs across Nebraska. There is no charge to host a Walk ‘N Talk table.

The majority of conference attendees will be afterschool program leaders and staff, representatives of community agencies and organizations, and school administrators and teachers. There will be approximately 400 in attendance the day of the conference.

Hours for the display are 7:45 AM until 12:00 PM. It is expected your agency or organization will have one representative available to provide information throughout this time period. This person will receive a complimentary conference registration and lunch.

Updated September 17, 2019 4:09pm