Designing a Winning Approach to Partnering with Schools


Partnering with your local school district can be a crucial aspect of expanding your reach as a partner in education for your community. But how do you get there?

Join Dr. Lauren Sanchez Gilbert, CEO of BellXcel, as she shares strategies to help your organization become an extended day provider for your community schools. As a former YMCA director of youth programming, special education teacher, and assistant superintendent for a large school district, Lauren will use her unique background to share how to make this powerful collaboration possible. Lauren is joined by her colleagues Damon Johnson and Ashleigh Snyder who are also former educators and direct service providers!

In this webinar you will:

    • Learn the formula to gain a seat at the table with schools
    • Key elements to positioning your program for success
    • Plan your in-person conversation to help you stand out


This live webinar has passed, to watch the recording simply fill out the form to the right for immediate access.


Meet your speakers:


Lauren Sanchez Gilbert, Ed.D.  

Chief Executive Officer, BellXcel

Lauren Sanchez Gilbert’s education roots run deep. With extensive experience across the sector, Lauren is uniquely qualified to lead BellXcel’s innovations in proven educational solutions. In addition to the BellXcel leadership roles she’s held during her 10-year tenure, Lauren draws upon a range of past roles from YMCA director of youth programming to special education teacher in her native New Mexico to assistant superintendent for a large school district in Massachusetts. 

Lauren knows what keeps youth leaders, educators, and school administrators up at night because she has walked in their shoes. Her deeply held belief to reach more young people where they are, through the adults they know, with strategies that work fuels BellXcel’s partnership with leaders serving children, families, and communities nationwide. 

Lauren holds a Doctorate in Education from Boston College and a Bachelor Degree in Special Education from the University of New Mexico. She attended the highly-selective nonprofit leadership program at Harvard University and is a Results for America Nonprofit Fellow.

Her Board service includes the Bridgespan Group’s Knowledge Advisory Board focused on accelerating impact in the social sector, as well as, Roca’s Board of Directors focused on engaging young adults to create systemic change in urban environments.

Damon Johnson

Damon Johnson  

Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, BellXcel

From first joining BellXcel’s team in 2008 as an enrichment teacher to growing regional operations by 300% as executive director of the Mid-Atlantic region, Damon has served in various roles at the local, regional, and national level. As an ambassador for BellXcel, Damon works with community and state education agencies, representing BellXcel at conferences and field building collaboratives across the country to build and support partnerships. In his most recent role, Damon managed BellXcel’s direct service operations to ensure effective growth and program delivery, and was promoted in 2022 to senior vice president of strategic alliances.

In 2013, BellXcel celebrated Damon for his exemplary program leadership with the Peterkin Educational Excellence Award, given annually to the best of BellXcel’s managers who display a remarkable commitment to program excellence.

Ashleigh Snyder

Ashleigh Snyder 

Associate Vice President, Partner Solutions, BellXcel

As former elementary teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools and then enrichment teacher with BellXcel, Ashleigh has dedicated her career to working closely with youth. For the past 10 years Ashleigh has worn many hats at BellXcel, and is currently an AVP on the partner solutions team.

Fill out the form to watch on-demand