Last week was nonstop action. After the Second Summer Grantee Meet-up, the Summer STEM Funders Collaborative informationals and a Out-of-School Time (OST) System Building meeting we still had a conference to attend. Last Friday we went to Fort Worth for OSTI-CON a two-day conference focusing on afterschool and summer programming for kids. There were over 500 program managers, instructors, executive directors, grant writers, and OST enthusiasts in attendance.
We presented a panel on one of our current initiatives: the Summer STEM Funders Collaborative. OSTI-CON was a great venue to tell our journey thus far in convening corporate funders and private foundations. Not only could we inform OST experts around the state of Texas of what we are doing, but we could also hear if others have worked on similar initiatives and what their own experiences and attitudes were toward a funding collaborative. We ended up having a lively discussion and a lot of positive feedback at our panel. It was a great experience attending OSTI-CON for the first time.
I’ll leave you with one more fun fact about our trip to the conference: the cute snacks! Of course at a conference centering around OST you have to have carrot sticks, Twinkies, peanut butter banana sandwiches, and Ding Dongs for snack time. Since we’re adults though we also had coffee.