Nebraska Afterschool Conference

September 22, 2023
CHI Health Center
455 N 10th St / Omaha, NE


The 2023 conference theme is
GetConnected: Come Play.

The GetConnected 2023 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.

Request for Workshop Sessions and Walk & Talk Display Tables

Are you interested in leading a conference workshop or hosting a Walk & Talk display table?
If so, the links below will take you to the online application forms.

Workshop Sessions
Walk & Talk Tables

Proposals are due June 13, 2023
Presenters and Walk & Talk representatives will be notified regarding their status on July 12, 2023.

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Photos from 2022 Conference
Courtesy of Debra S. Kaplan

Silva Raker

Silva Raker

Silva Raker is Kiewit Luminarium’s inaugural CEO. An accomplished senior executive and former field biologist, she has successfully developed vibrant, mission-based enterprise and talented teams for the educational nonprofit, specialty retail, and travel sectors. Prior to her relocation to Omaha in August 2021, Silva served as Senior Business Director of Global Collaborations for the Exploratorium and held senior positions at The Nature Company and Backroads, Inc. She has a degree in Zoology from University of California at Berkeley.

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COME PLAYSchedule for September 22, 2023

7:45 AM to 8:30 AM Registration, Breakfast and Visit Walk & Talk Display Tables
8:30 AM to 9:45 AM Opening Session
9:45 AM to 10:15 AM Walk & Talk Display Tables and Networking
10:15 AM to 11:05 AM Workshop I
11:05 AM to 11:30 AM Walk & Talk Display Tables and Networking
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM Workshop II
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Lunch and Presentation of Bob Whitehouse Award
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM Workshop III
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM Workshop IV
3:30 PM Door Prizes

Registration coming soon!

There are two options to join the conference.

In-person conference registration ($90) includes:

  • Access to over 35 conference break-out sessions
  • Opportunity to network with representatives of over 25 community organizations who will share resources available statewide to support your programs
  • Receive the book, Why Play Works: Big Changes Start Small by Jill Vialet
  • Access to recorded presentations that can be viewed at your convenience after the conference
  • Personalized business cards to use as you network with community organizations and afterschool educators
  • Breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.

Virtual registration ($45) includes:

  • Access to up to 24 virtual break-out sessions
  • Participate in six live-streamed sessions throughout the day of the conference including opening and lunch plenary sessions
  • Access to recorded presentations that can be viewed at your convenience after the conference
  • Technical support available throughout the day of the conference

Get Connected Conference 2023
Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass Street | Omaha, NE  68102

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Omaha (1001 Cass Street) for the evenings of September 20-21. The hotel is directly connected via sky bridge to the CHI Health Event Center and less than a mile from the Old Market Entertainment District. The discounted group room rate is $142 (single or double), $152 (triple), $162 (quad). The overnight parking rate for GetConnected hotel guests will be discounted to $11.00/night.

A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online.  Reservations can be made at this web address:

Several other hotels are located within the vicinity.

CHI Health Center
455 N 10th St, Omaha NE


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Conference Partners

Updated May 25, 2023 8:42am