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On Thursday, February 27th, over 500 afterschool providers, funders, corporate partners, higher education professionals, government officials and other friends of PASE gathered together at the 2014 PASEsetter Awards Benefit. Guests at the event celebrated the extraordinary NYC afterschool community and honored the incredible adults who work for a better future for our city's kids every day. Through this unique event, PASE raised over $700,000 to promote and support high-quality afterschool programs throughout the city.

Watch the video created for the event.

Learn more about the 2014 PASEsetters and our Afterschool Champion.

Meet the 2014 PASEsetters

Antonio Aponte

Antonio Aponte
Boys’ Club of New York

Stephane Durisma

Stephane Derisma
The Action Center for Education and Community Development

Laura Jankstrom

Laura Jankstrom
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York

Durice Jones

Durice Jones
New York City Parks & Recreation - Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center

J Christopher Neal

J Christopher Neal
Coro New York Leadership Center

Award recipients received a crystal award and a $5,000 Cash Award for their agency, as well as acknowledgement at a pre-awards night reception

Meet the 2014 Afterschool Champion

Deborah Wright
L to R: Fern Khan, PASE Board President & Deborah C. Wright

Deborah Wright
Chairman & CEO of Carver Bank


Special thanks to The 2014 Selection Committee –

  • Edward Fergus-Arcia – PASE Board Member and Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership, New York University

  • Anna Morgan-Mullane - 2013 PASEsetter Winner and Director of Mental Health Services, Children of Promise NYC, Inc.

  • Phil Nourie – PASE Board Member and Managing Director, Stanton Public Relations and Marketing Center

  • Jane Quinn - Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, The Children’s Aid Society

  • Ali Tan – Portfolio Director, Fund for Public Schools


What a night for the youth of New York City. On Thursday, February 28, 2013, we held our 20th Anniversary PASEsetters awards dinner and benefit. Over 600 guests helped us celebrate and over $1 million was raised to continue PASE’s mission of promoting and supporting programs, like those of this year’s PASEsetters, to ensure that youth of NYC have access to the high quality afterschool programs they deserve.

Congratulations to the 2013 PASEsetter Award winners & Afterschool Champions!

2013 PASEsetter Winners

PASEsetter winners and Afterschool Champions (click)

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Corporate Sponsors

Morgan Stanley BlackRock
Sullivan & Cromwell Skadden
Montgomery KLS
The Lucerne Hotel New York Mets
Aetos Capital Asia  

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The 2012 PASEsetter Award Winners

For this year’s PASESetter Awards, Eric Gurna of Development without Limits interviewed PASE Executive Director, Alison Overseth, as well as each PASEsetter winner and their supporters.  Hear the interviews and read about the PASESetter winners below.

Please Speak Freely Episode 11: The PASEsetter Awards Celebrates Afterschool*

Introduction and Alison Overseth Interview

Deena Hellman - Goddard Riverside Community Center

Hear what Deena Hellman has to say

Educating young people is at the very core of everything Deena Hellman of Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) has done over her nearly forty-year career. After thirty years in public education in upstate New York... Read more

Mi Jung You - Korean American Family Service Center

Hear what Mi Jung You has to say

Over the past seven years, Mi Jung You’s services have been essential to the success and expansion of the Hodori Program at Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC). Her expertise, commitment, and creativity are a fundamental part ... Read more

Faybiene Miranda - Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy

Hear what Faybiene Miranda has to say

Faybiene Miranda, known as “Mama Faybiene” to many in her community, is one of the founding faculty members at Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, serving the youth in her community for over 22 years. She has helped the organization grow... Read more

Patrick Pinchinat - Queens Community House

Hear what Patrick Pinchinat has to say

Patrick Pinchinat is living proof that hard work and dedication pay off. Patrick started at Queens Community House sixteen years ago as a Homework Assistant; he now serves as Beacon Director of the Beacon program at... Read more

Sadie Mahoney - Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

Hear what Sadie Mahoney has to say

In her ten years with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC), Sadie Mahoney’s passion has made her a pillar of support to her community. When a youth had nowhere to sleep on a midwinter night, Sadie took a trip with them to The Door to make sure they were out of the cold... Read more

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2012 PASEsetter Awards

*On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, Executive Director of Development Without Limits interviews leaders in the fields of youth development and education to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives.  To read the blog for this episode of Please Speak Freely, written by Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, click here.



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