Nebraska Afterschool Conference

2024 GetConnected Conference

2024 GetConnected Nebraska Afterschool Conference

September 27, 2024
Younes Convention Center South
Kearney, NE

The GetConnected 2024 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.

Registration is open!

Conference registration ($90) includes:

  • Keynote speaker Stephanie Malia Krauss and choose from 24 conference workshop sessions offered throughout the day.
  • Opportunity to network with representatives of over 25 community organizations who will share resources available statewide to support your programs.
  • Receive the book, Whole Child, Whole Life by Stephanie Malia Krauss.
  • Personalized business cards to use as you network with community organizations and afterschool educators.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.

2024 GetConnected Afterschool Conference RegistrationWE ARE ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS ONLY

Registration closes at 12:00 midnight, Sunday, September 22, 2024.

Group Registration Form
If registering a group, you may use this form to collect your information before you start the registration process.

Name Changes
Name changes on registrations are allowed.  Email Sherri Landis, 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. Meals may not provided for on-site registration. Space is limited so register early!

Cancellations received by Friday, September 13th will be refunded.  No refunds are available for cancellations or no-shows after that date.

Contact Sherri Landis,


The Fairfield Inn (308) 236-4200
$134.95 per night

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Fairfield Inn at 510 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE.  The group rate is $134.95 per night for 1-4 guests. Complimentary breakfast is included. To make a reservation, call 308-236-4200 and request the room block for the September 27th GetConnected Afterschool Conference in order to receive the discounted group rate.

24 Hour Reservation Cancellation Policy

Guest room reservations must be canceled prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations after this time will be billed for the first night’s room charge plus tax. Those reservations that no-show the first night will be cancelled for any additional nights. Any reservation canceled must obtain a cancellation number to verify the reservation was cancelled. Advance deposits or no-show charges cannot be refunded without cancellation documentation.

Check-in Time

The hotels check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Rooms are made available for check-in as they become available but cannot be guaranteed prior to 4 p.m.

Several other hotels are located within the vicinity.

Workshop Proposals

Thank you for submitting a proposal to lead a GetConnected workshop. Workshop sessions are 50 minutes long. We ask that you consider ways to actively engage session attendees as you plan the session and write this proposal.

Application Includes

Presenter(s) Information
Primary Audience
Session Title
Two Learning Objectives
Strategies to Engage Audience

After submitting this proposal, the primary presenter (the first one entered) will receive an email summarizing responses.

Presenter Information

If there will be more than one presenter listed on this application, the first person entered will be the primary contact and will receive ongoing communication from the conference planning committee. The primary contact is expected to communicate relevant information to others presenting during the session. You may enter up to three presenters on this form.


Conference participants will include afterschool program leaders and staff, community partners, administrators and business representatives. There will be approximately 450 in attendance the day of the conference.

Note: All workshop attendees will attend this year’s conference in-person. There will not be an option to join the sessions using technology. All workshop presenters will pay the registration fee of $90.00 and will be allowed to participate fully in all conference events, including breakfast and lunch.

Breakout Rooms

Each break-out room will have a cart with a projector and wired microphone. Presenters will need to provide their own laptop for their presentation. Wireless internet is available to all conference participants. Taping materials on the walls during workshop sessions is not allowed.

Important Dates

April 11, 2024:  Proposals due
May 8, 2024: Lead presenters whose workshop sessions are accepted will be notified
May 8, 2024: Conference registration opens. Beginning in 2024, only credit card payments will be accepted

Walk & Talk Display Tables

Walk & Talk tables provide the opportunity for community partners to share information about their organization with afterschool program leaders and staff from across the state. There will be approximately 450 afterschool educators and community partners in attendance the day of the conference. The conference schedule will include specific times for attendees to interact with table hosts throughout the morning.


Applicants must represent an organization that provides support and resources to afterschool and/or summer programs in Nebraska at little or no cost to the program. There is no charge to host a display table; however, table hosts are expected to register as conference attendees and pay the registration fee of $90. As registered conference participants, table hosts can enjoy breakfast and lunch, and attend workshop sessions.


This application includes the following:
Name of agency or organization
Organization logo
Person who will represent agency at the conference
Mission of organization
If your organization supports afterschool and summer programs across the state
If the support you provide is available at little or no cost to programs
If your organization is identified as a 21st CCLC Partner Spotlight Organization

Once the form is submitted, the applicant will receive an email with responses for your records.


Table set-up begins at 7:00 AM the morning of the conference. Hours for the display tables are 7:30 AM until 12:00 Noon. It is expected that there is one person from your organization at the table during specified exhibit times. An 8-foot table and 2 chairs will be provided. Tables will have a tablecloth and access to electricity. All conference attendees will have access to wireless internet. Attaching items to a nearby wall is not allowed.

Important Dates

May 20, 2024             Walk & Talk applications due
May 22, 2024             Designated table hosts will be notified regarding their applications

Conference Partners

Beyond School Bells

Nebraska Extension

Nebraska 21st CCLC

Children's Nebraska


Nebraska Department of Education

Updated May 16, 2024 8:58am