Partnership for After School Education

Building off of the success of our inaugural Research Series presentation: Relational Engagement Needs among Black and Latino Boys, by Dr. Edward Fergus-Arcia, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership, at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, PASE launched the Boys of Color in Afterschool: Protective Practices Institute in March of 2016 in collaboration with Dr. Fergus.

Working intensely with 12 afterschool programs, the Institute’s goal was to build a community of practice focused on identifying and strengthening protective practices that support boys of color and other vulnerable youth in afterschool settings.  This intensive institute included 18 hours of graduate-level group training, individualized technical assistance, and other supports in which participants: 1) challenged their beliefs and engaged in deep discussion about how to support boys of color; 2) reflected and planned as a cohort and by program site teams; and 3) explored the systems and structures that need to be in place at their programs to be effective.  The Institute culminated with a citywide summit titled Pockets of Hope: A Summit on Protective Practices on Boys of Color in Afterschool which served as a call-to-action for the entire afterschool field, nonprofit leaders, and city and state policy makers to effectively support boys of color in afterschool settings.

Participating organizations:

  • Bronx Arts Ensemble, Inc., International Community High School
  • CAMBA, Inc., SONYC at IS 240/ Andries Hudde JHS
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program, Elementary Program
  • Global Kids Inc., Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
  • Good Shepherd Services, Groundwork for Success Program
  • Legal Outreach, Inc
  • Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
  • Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., Science Pathfinders-All Hallows High School
  • New York City Mission Society, P.S. 85
  • STOKED, Benjamin Banneker High School
  • The Boys' Club of New York’s, Harriman Clubhouse
  • University Settlement, East Side Community Middle/High School



Media Coverage

NYN Media | NYN Media Insights Podcast on Improving Outcomes for Young Men of Color [see article]



Highlights from the Summit

Policy Panel: National and Citywide Perspectives - Part 1

Policy Panel: National and Citywide Perspectives - Part 2

Practitioner Panel: Translating Research to Practice

Boys of Color: The Fierce Urgency of Now!