SYNERGY 2014 Conference

"NC CAP did an excellent job this year. I thoroughly enjoyed it. We are fired up and ready to go!"
~2012 Conference Participant


We hope you will join us for the 10th annual SYNERGY Conference, The SYNERGY Decade: A Roadmap to Afterschool, from March 24-26, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

NC CAP’s annual SYNERGY conference brings together afterschool and expanded learning providers and supporters for training and sharing of best practices.  NC CAP serves as the comprehensive, statewide network of afterschool stakeholders in North Carolina, bringing state agencies, state and local policymakers, afterschool providers and the private sector together to increase access to high quality afterschool programs for all children and youth in North Carolina.









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TENTATIVE ConFerence AgenDa

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Monday, March 24, 2014
8am – Pre-Conference Registration Opens
8:30am to 2pm – 3 CEU Bearing Workshops
- “Common Core in Afterschool: English/Language Arts” (8:30 – 10:30am)
- “Common Core in Afterschool: Math” (11:00am – 1:00pm)
- “Hocus Pocus: Help Me Focus! Autism & ADHD in Afterschool” (8:30am – 2pm)
10:00am to 1pm – DPI 21st CCLC Meeting
Noon – General Conference Registration Opens
2:30 to 3:30pm – Kick-off to Conference – Opening Session Featuring NC CAP Roadmap of Need
3:45 to 4:45pm – Session A
5:00 to 8:00pm – Reception – “The Synergy Decade”

Tuesday, March 25. 2014
7:30am – Breakfast Opens
8:00 to 8:45am – “American Promise” Breakfast with Deborah Noel, Host of UNC-TV Black Issues Forum
9:00 to 10:15am – Session B
10:30 to 11:45am – Session C
12:00 to 2:00pm – Lunch & Keynote Speaker - Brooke Haycock, Education Trust Artist in Resident
2:15 to 3:30pm – Session D 
3:45 to 5:00pm – Session E
5:00pm to 6:00pm – Director’s Forum (by invitation only)
7:00pm – “American Promise” Screening Event

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
8:00 – Breakfast Opens
8:30 to 9:30am – Breakfast & Keynote Speaker - Leading to Change’s Generational Crossroads
9:45 to 10:30am – Session F
10:45 to 11:30am – Session G
11:45 to 12:00pm – Closing Session & SYNERGY 2015 Announcement
12:00pm: Official End of Conference
12:00 to 1:00pm – Training Credit Distribution

registration information

SYNERGY 2014 registration is now open!  Conference registration includes all workshops, conference meals and receptions, as well as free wifi internet in your hotel room.

Registration fees are as follows:
December 12 - January 15: Early Bird Registration ($140)
January 16 - March 14: General Registration ($165)
After March 15th: On-Site Registration ($210)

The online registration can be found at If you prefer to fill out a paper application and mail it in, you can download it here.

Hotel Information: 

NC CAP is excited to return to the Hilton Charlotte University Place and has reserved a block of rooms at the rate of $120 per night. To book a room, please call the Hilton at (704)- 547-7444 or register online at If you are making your reservation over the phone, please mention NC CAP/SYNERGY to recieve the discounted rate. Make sure to book your room by March 7th!

Please contact Lauren Hales at for any registration questions.


request for proposals

NC CAP is currently accepting request for proposal applications for workshop presenters until January 17, 2014.  SYNERGY workshops are either 45 minutes or 75 minutes. We look forward to recieving your application!


Vendor Application & request for proposals

NC CAP is also accepting both vendor applications and vendor request for proposals for the SYNERGY conference. Vendor application are available on a rolling basis; however, vendor request for proposals are due January 17th, 2014. We look forward to recieving your application!  Applications and RFPs can be found here.











The NC CAP Leadership Institute is a collaborative program created by the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), the Family Life and Youth Development graduate programs, and the NC Afterschool Professional Development Work Group.  The Leadership Institute brings together our state’s leading afterschool providers to build a network that addresses the afterschool program issues of program and professional development, leadership, partnerships and collaboration, and advocacy.  This program aims to enhance afterschool professionals’ abilities to manage and lead quality afterschool programs.

Prior to the 2014 SYNERGY conference, admitted participants will engage in 10 hours of dedicated program development seminars and workshops.  Following SYNERGY, additional work beyond the conference includes an electronic program portfolio and scheduled virtual meetings about program research and progress (approximately 30 hours of work, including the portfolio, are due by December 2014).  4.0 CEUs will be given to participants who complete the entire program.  Mid-to-upper level career afterschool professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by February 14, 2014 and applicants will be notified of their admittance to the program the week of February 21, 2014.

Cost of attendance is $310 ($175 for Leadership Institute and $140 for Synergy Registration). Two scholarships (see below) will be reserved for Leadership Institute participants.

The 10 hours of class prior to SYNERGY will be completed according to this schedule:
Sunday, March 23, 2014: 12pm - 6pm
Monday, March 24, 2014: 9am - 1 pm

Interested parties can download the application. Please contact Lauren Hales at for any questions.


SYnergy scholarship APPLICATION

NC CAP is pleased to be able to offer scholarships for SYNERGY participants to cover the conference registration fee. Interested parties can view both the scholarship criteria and scholarship application.  Scholarship applications are due February 1, 2014 and scholarship recipients will be notified after February 17, 2014.


SYNERGY Planning Committee