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Afterschool is Essential

PASE Virtual Conference

Past Event: 2020

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PASE’s annual summer conference has gone virtual! Afterschool is Essential will be an all-day, online conference for afterschool educators; and this year will be free. Be part of a day that will be a celebration of the creativity and resiliency of the field of afterschool.

Hear compelling speakers and skilled session facilitators on today’s most relevant topics for afterschool leaders and educators. Topics to include racial justice, educational equity, trauma-informed care, how to offer engaging high-quality online programming, diversifying funding, and more!

Join us all day or select just those sessions that spark your interest. We know you cannot be in multiple places at once. Therefore, all sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing for a limited time.

Conference Format

  • Morning wellness session
  • AM Plenary
  • Two rounds of 90-minute workshops
  • Lunchtime 30-minute sessions
  • PM Keynote Conversation

Keynote Conversation featuring

Nikole Hannah-Jones

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We are excited to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning author and MacArthur Genius awardee, Nikole Hannah-Jones will be our keynote speaker. In conversation with Dr. Edward Fergus, Associate Professor of Urban Education and Policy at Temple University and PASE Board Member, Ms. Hannah-Jones will draw the connections between racism, educational inequality, health and employment disparities, and the critical role of educators.

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PASE Impact, FY 2023

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Afterschool Professionals Supported



Professional Development Events Offered

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NYC Youth Impacted

PASE believes all kids deserve a safe, nurturing space during out-of-school time where they have opportunities to explore their passions while connecting with and learning from caring adults. We exist to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

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