Partnership for After School Education


November 01, 2015

Extracurricular Participation and Course Performance in the Middle Grades: A Study of Low-Income, Urban Youth reports

Activities outside the classroom – especially community engagement and sports – may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new NYU Steinhardt study. The researchers looked to a dataset of 625 low-income students from 14 New York City elementary schools, collected as part of the Adolescent Pathways Project. The students were surveyed in their final year of elementary school and first two years of middle school. The survey included a range of questions about students’ extracurricular activities, including the activity settings – school, community, religious, or athletic – and frequency of participation. Participating in extracurricular activities in the community, such as volunteering, was found to be the most highly associated with better academic performance. Athletic participation was also linked to better grades. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Community Psychology. The full report is available for a fee.

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July 15, 2020

The Economic Impact of NYC Nonprofit Organizations

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Office, in collaboration with Nonprofit New York, analyzed the economic impact of the nonprofit sector and presents new data on its contributions in these pages. As Federal, State, and City governments continue to take legislative and budgetary actions to promote our economic recovery from COVID-19, the role and stability of the nonprofit sector must be prioritized. Read the complete report.

July 15, 2020

The State of College Readiness and Degree Completion in New York City

Graduate NYC has released a new report, The State of College Readiness and Degree Completion in New York City. This report examines the progress that the NYC DOE and CUNY have made toward their respective goals of high school graduation and college readiness and degree completion since GNYC's inception in 2010, while also detailing comprehensive policy changes currently underway at CUNY.

January 02, 2020

Building Impact: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education

A new report by Teachers College, Columbia University, Building Impact: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education, helps fill the gap by examining eight contemporary education collaborations across the country. The report draws on case studies of each of the collaborations and includes summaries of these examinations. Among the key findings are that collaborations need a credible and compelling rationale, as well as committed advocates, to get started; supporting a “backbone” organization to coordinate among the various players is a primary expense of collaboration; and collaborations seem to be helped by efforts to gather and use data despite a range of obstacles, including privacy concerns and uncertainty about which metrics to use.

January 02, 2020

How Homelessness Impacts College Success in New York City

To better understand the challenges that young New Yorkers face when navigating college and unstable housing, Young Invincibles spoke with more than 60 young adults across New York City. Their report, “I Know What’s at Stake”: How Homelessness Impacts College Success in New York City, examines the barriers these young people outlined, along with insights from leading researchers, service providers, and government officials. They also share recommendations to increase college access and success for students experiencing homelessness in New York City — recommendations that cities, states, and institutions across the country can use when addressing the growing crisis of college student homelessness.

December 16, 2019

​Shaping Summertime Experiences

Summer is a chance for children and youth to continue developing, but for those living in disadvantaged communities, summertime experiences can lead to worse health, social, emotional, academic, and safety outcomes, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report lays out nine recommendations to address obstacles that disadvantaged children can face during the summer, including lack of access to quality programs, food insecurity, and exposure to unsafe and dangerous conditions, and to help all children develop positively and stay connected to resources.

December 16, 2019

CS for What? Diverse Visions of Computer Science Education in Practice

CSforALL has released a white paper, CS for What? Diverse Visions of Computer Science Education in Practice, that provides a framework for understanding the myriad reasons for teaching computer science by considering their underlying values—beliefs about what is good, worthwhile, and important. It provides examples of how different CSed curricula, programs, and tools embody particular values and rationales in their design.

November 15, 2019

360 Civic Learning

Only 50% of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 29 turned out to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Here’s another jaw-dropping statistic: Young people of color vote at about two-thirds the rate of their white counterparts. More often than not, young people who aren’t participating voters come from underserved, low-income, and immigrant communities. How can we better prepare them for such a fundamental form of civic participation? Generation Citizen has a new report that investigates studies of the activities and practices in communities that effectively drive civic engagement among young people from historically marginalized communities, in order to determine and highlight common qualities.

November 01, 2019

Toolkit for Undocumented Students - CARA

CARA has created a toolkit to help undocumented students realize their college dreams by presenting new ways to look at the college application process. It includes information about new resources such as the Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which was passed during the development of the toolkit. Educators, counselors, undocu-friendly organizations, parent(s)/guardian(s), and other young people can use the toolkit to support undocumented students in pursuing higher education.

October 17, 2019

Family Engagement Playbook

The Global Family Research Project has developed a new Family Engagement Playbook. The Playbook is a collection of evidence-based approaches that individuals, groups, and organizations can easily integrate into existing professional learning opportunities to cultivate meaningful and co-created family engagement. The approaches have the potential to change mindsets, build trusting relationships, and transform organizational practices.