The purpose of the Michigan Afterschool Association (MAA) Leadership Symposium is to equip leaders at all levels to create out-of-school time (OST) policies, programs, and practices that enable youth to reach their full potential. The Leadership Symposium will draw 300 youth development professionals from across the state of Michigan.  The conference will be held Friday, November 9, at the Westin Hotel in Southfield, Michigan.

The conference theme is “Take the Lead in the OST.” MAA would like presenters to focus on how leaders from different levels…front-line staff, Site Coordinators, Directors, and youth…can work together to create high quality learning environments that meet the needs of all youth.  MAA understands that the out-of-school time sector must provide different types of supports to different youth…urban, rural, suburban…for example, in order to ensure all youth are successful in school and in life.

Each presenter must complete and submit this Call for Presenters form by August 13th. 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;
  • align 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;
  • understand the program quality assessment process. For more information on the Youth Program Quality Intervention, please visit the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality at; and
  • focus one or more of the targeted groups (Executive Directors, Directors, Site Coordinators, Youth Development Professional).

The Professional Development (PD) committee has identified several areas of interest for the different target groups:

Targeted Groups Identified Priority Topics
Executive Directors/Directors Forming and maintaining effective community partnerships

Advocating for your organization and the OST sector

How to build an organizational culture that values quality, inclusion, and equity

How to build and sustain an effective team

Site Coordinators How to build and sustain an effective team

Complying with licensing

Self care strategies

How to manage challenging behaviors

How to integrate social emotional learning strategies

How to integrate trauma-informed care strategies

Youth Development Professionals Skills to create high quality, youth-driven, culturally agile learning environments

How to manage challenging behaviors

How to integrate social emotional learning strategies

How to integrate trauma-informed care strategies


Proposals will be accepted through August 13, 2018.  The Professional Development committee will review proposals to ensure high quality workshops are provided to conference attendees. Selections will be made by August 15, 2018 at which time presenters will be notified.

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


Thank you! Call for Presenters is now closed. We have a great slate of options prepared for you for 2018!