Partnership for After School Education

Join colleagues and learn about original research from peers currently working in the afterschool field who have recently completed the CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program.

  • Hear findings on 4 topics: culturally responsive mentoring for college success, developing competencies at DYCD, boosting youth engagement through youth organizing and service-learnings, and self-determination & neurodiverse youth.
  • Consider how their research could apply to your program and inform your practice.
  • Connect with peers pursuing graduate study in the afterschool/youth development field.


  • Amanda A. Ebokosia, CEO, The GEM Project, Inc.
  • Jessye Herrell, Education Manager, Tech Kids Unlimited
  • Jessica Jackson, Senior Director, Program Integration and Professional Development, Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Leotha Hinds, Programs Coordinator at Minds Matter NYC


  • Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Director of Curriculum & Outcomes Evaluation Supervisor of Digital Learning & Leadership Global Kids

Light refreshments.


Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is an educator, research, and youth advocate who holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the Bronx and served in leadership positions across NYC schools and youth organizations. A published author, in addition to her work at Global Kids, Bishop also teaches on the faculty of the Youth Studies Program at the CUNY School for Professional Studies.... Read More

Amanda A. Ebokosia

Amanda A. Ebokosia is founder of The Gem Project, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated in boosting youth engagement through service-learning, which takes on a social justice approach. Ebokosia earned her MA degree in Youth Studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies.... Read More

Jessye Herrell

Jessye Herrell has nine years of teaching experience in NYC schools, OST programs, and cultural institutions and recently completed an M.A. in Youth Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies to complement a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College. She is a proponent of digital literacy and committed to ensuring that all students have opportunities to learn in supportive environments.... Read More

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson has experience in afterschool programs, school leadership, and systems change in government gives her a well-rounded perspective on the skills and competencies necessary for innovative work in the youth development field. Her passion for building the competencies necessary to enhance program quality for young people has landed her a position to enhance partnership, coach for improvements, and encourage collaboration in the NYC program contracting system.... Read More

Leotha Hinds

Leotha Hinds has been working with young people for almost a decade. Her experiences as a first-generation American high school student studying at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, and as a first-generation college student at Georgetown University have motivated her to focus on improving educational outcomes for NYC public school students like herself. Her focus is on integrating youth development practices and principles into college and career programming and she was able to furt... Read More