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Bringing the Bay Area to BOOST

Written by Brandon Graham, BACR Afterschool Coordinator


As I reflect on our incredible journey to Palm Springs for the Boost Conference from April 30th to May 5th, I am filled with gratitude and inspiration. This trip was not just a conference; it was a transformative experience that will resonate with me for a lifetime.


The Boost Conference, alongside BACR, was nothing short of remarkable. It was a convergence of passionate individuals, dedicated to enhancing the lives of young people across the Bay Area and beyond. From the moment we arrived, the energy was palpable, and I knew we were in for something special.


Throughout the conference, I had the privilege of learning from some of the brightest minds in our field. The workshops, discussions, and presentations opened my eyes to new strategies and approaches that will undoubtedly strengthen our mission at BACR. But beyond the knowledge gained, it was the connections forged that truly left a lasting impact.


Meeting fellow BACR employees and mingling with like-minded individuals was an enriching experience. Sharing stories, ideas, and aspirations reminded me of the incredible community we are a part of. And as we indulged in delicious food and lively conversations, I couldn't help but feel a sense of unity and purpose among us.


One of the highlights for me was witnessing our collective commitment to growth and innovation. As we discussed the future of BACR and our role in shaping the afterschool landscape, I felt a surge of optimism and determination. We are not just participants in this journey; we are pioneers, striving to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people.


Boost Conference provided us with invaluable insights into connecting with students and building rapport. Understanding their needs and meeting them where they are is at the heart of our mission. And with each interaction, we reaffirmed our dedication to making a positive impact, one relationship at a time.


As we return home, let us carry the spirit of Boost with us. Let us continue to learn, grow, and evolve as individuals and as an organization. Together, we have the power to elevate BACR to new heights and solidify our position as the premier afterschool program in California.


I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this journey, and I am excited for the possibilities that lie ahead. Thank you for your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to our mission. Together, we will make a difference.




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