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Boys of Color in Afterschool: Protective Practices Institute

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.

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Summit Packet


Protective Framework


Dr. Fergus Book Discount


My Brother's Keeper Guidance Document




Highlights from the Summit

Practitioner Panel: Translating Research to Practice

Boys of Color: The Fierce Urgency of Now!

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

NYN Media | Eliminating the Achievement Gap for Young Men of Color


The Hechinger Report | What will happen to after-school programs in a Trump administration?


Media Coverage

Policy Panel: National and Citywide Perspectives - Part 1

Policy Panel: National and Citywide Perspectives - Part 2

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


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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