Session Recordings

Select a session below to view the recording. Information about the presenters can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Managing Your Energy - Dennis Johnson

Managing Personal Energy session is designed to help participants understand their sources of energy, identify energy “leaks,” and learn how to better manage their energy both physically and mentally. People can only change the thoughts and behaviors they’re aware of. The MPE program starts with an energy assessment and mindfulness training to gain greater self-awareness. Participants can also look forward to gaining tools to start addressing their “energy leaks” and create the rituals that help build their capacity and creativity. 

“Frankenstein-ing" Purposeful Programming - Nikki Roe Cropp

While traditional curricula can be a challenge to facilitate in an afterschool setting, purposeful programming can happen throughout the session – if you know how to schedule it in! Learn how adding a variety of curricula and program elements can ensure high-quality SEL programming in even the trickiest afterschool schedules. By Frankenstein-ing your purposeful programming, you can meet the needs of all youth in your program and get more out of your afterschool sessions!

Big Things in Small Places - Joy McClure

Shark Week. Fossil collecting. Cherry orchard and pie making. Airplane landings. Dance parties. Bob sled races. Rodeo Clown workshop. These are only a few experiences the students at PowerZone have gotten to do, and all within an after school context. Providing out of school programming can have unique challenges! From geographic to economical limitations to name a few. The challenge of continuously providing new, exciting, engaging programming can sometimes feel overwhelming. Participants are invited to join in as we reflect on the unique challenges faced in the afterschool world. Time will also be spent for participants to share some of the activities and experiences they have found helpful in their own context. One of the most helpful ways to get new ideas to try out is to hear what others have done and found success with. 

About the Presenters

Dennis Johnson

Founder and Managing Partner

Sol Sort Group

Dennis brings more than 25 years of experience in the academic, corporate, government, philanthropic, and social sectors. He centers his impact using a variety of tools and methods from numerous affiliated organizations. Dennis holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska Gallup Leadership Institute. 

Joy McClure

Teacher & PowerZone Administrator 

Washington County Schools

Joy McClure grew up in San Antonio, TX. Through life’s unpredictable journey, she found her way to a small community in rural North Central Kansas. Here, she fell in love with the small town way of life and has never looked back. Having an outsider’s perspective of life in a big city has helped her shape and form the after school program into the success it is today. Joy enjoys time with her husband, 3 boys, and 2 dogs, loves traveling, coffee and great food. Joy has worked in both high school and elementary classrooms as a classroom teacher, and has a passion for working with younger students. She has served in the after school and summer program at Washington Elementary for six years, including starting and building the program from the ground up. 

Nikki Roe Cropp

Director of Program Effectiveness

Camp Fire National Headquarters

Nikki and her team work with affiliate councils to increase program capacity and improve program quality. Her areas of concentration include youth protection and child abuse prevention, staff development, program assessment, curriculum implementation, and program framework application.
Nikki previously worked at a local Camp Fire council, serving as the Director of Program Quality. Prior to Camp Fire, she worked for more than ten years with a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate, serving in various roles including Director of Program Staff Development.
Nikki currently serves on the National Alliance of Youth Serving Organizations for Child Protection. Nikki is passionate about helping all youth reach their full potential through safe, positive youth development experiences and knows that child safety is fundamental to creating safe spaces where youth can thrive. Nikki holds a BA in Psychology from Kansas State University and a master’s certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of Texas, Arlington.