Partnership for After School Education

Join us on September 17, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, to discuss priorities for the coming program year and share strategies for continuing to engage our youth and families as the school year kicks off.

The session will include a presentation on complex trauma and the benefits of incorporating mindfulness practices into your program as you welcome back youth and staff. As part of the program, hear about the professional development opportunities we have planned for the fall.

Take A Break with PASE (TABWP), a virtual townhall, was created in March 2020 to provide a space for the PASE network to come together as a community to support each other's work as we navigate the impact of the pandemic on our organizations. During the 2021-2022 program year, TABWP will continue to be a space to gather as a community to learn about and discuss important issues and share resources to support high-quality afterschool programs. Every other month, starting in September, TABWP will feature a variety of topics and include opportunities for the network to share how PASE might support the work of your missions.


Tania Ortiz-Ashby

she/herTania Ortiz-Ashby has worked at PASE since 2005 and is currently both Senior Program Director and Communications Associate. Tania manages training and technical assistance and PASE's College Prep Initiative, and handles PASE's external communications with the afterschool field. Tania has worked in the youth services field for more than twenty years, first as a designer and provider of innovative direct service programs for youth then as director of training for Fresh Youth Initiatives. Ta... Read More

Yessina Lajara

Yessenia Lajara is a psychotherapist and a certified trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga instructor. She is the founder of the Mindfulness program at West Harlem Elementary School. She's committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs for students, teachers, staff, and families. Through workshops, professional developments, curriculums, mindfulness group practices, Yessenia is able to create a path for participants to gain empowerment and... Read More