MAA Spring 2018 Conference
Call for Presenters

Friday, May 18th, 2018 – Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, MI

One Child at a Time…We All Make A Difference. That’s the theme for the May 18, 2018 Michigan Afterschool Association conference. This conference will draw between 500 and 600 youth development professionals from across the state of Michigan. The conference will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Bavarian Inn, in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

So how do we focus on One Child at a Time in our different systems: out-of-school time (OST) sector; k-12; early childhood; and home/family…so that we All Make A Difference? MAA believes that one way to equip individuals from these different systems to make a different in the lives of children and youth is to provide high quality professional development opportunities for all adults who work with youth. The May 18 conference provides an opportunity for persons from many different sectors to come together to focus on common goals; improving the academic outcomes for school-age youth; strengthening the social emotional learning skills of preschool and school-age youth; improving relationships with families; and providing high quality learning environments that meet the needs of ALL children and youth.

The purpose of this conference is to equip individuals from the OST, early childhood, and k-12 sectors to create policies, programs, and practices that enable all youth to reach their full potential. MAA will give priority to presentations that use a “theory to practice” approach by providing participants with a brief overview of the theory behind the topic, followed by hands-on learning activities to engage participants.

Each presenter must complete and submit this Call for Presenters form by January 4, 2018. All presentations must be consistent with the National Afterschool Association’s (NAA) ten core competencies and the Youth Program Quality Intervention and Assessment. For more information on the NAA core competencies please visit and


MAA is requesting that all presentations focus on one or more of these NAA core competencies:


  1. Cultural competency;
  2. Program planning and development;
  3. Professional development/leadership; and
  4. Family, school, and community relations.

Proposals will be accepted through January 4, 2018. The Professional Development committee will review proposals to ensure high quality workshops are provided to conference attendees. Selections will be made by December 20, 2017 at which time presenters will be notified.

All presentations proposals must be submitted using this form. Please be as specific as possible.

Each presenter must complete and submit this Call for Presenters form by January 4, 2018. To submit a proposal, please use the following Google Form: PRESENTERS FORM

Please feel free to forward this information on to out-of-school time professionals you may know that might be interested in presenting.

For questions, please contact the MAA Conference Coordinator and Board Member: Meg Blinkiewicz at