Partnership for After School Education


Richard Cerrud, Sports Coordinator at Asphalt Green in Manhattan, exemplifies the qualities that make a great youth worker.  His journey began fifteen years ago when he was a youth participant in an Asphalt Green after school program.  From there, he went on to become a volunteer and then, most recently, Sports Coordinator.  He is passionate about the role sports education can play in the lives of youth – i.e., the lessons learned in the game are important lessons for life.  Richard emphasizes long-term commitment and relationships with youth, and, as a result, his impact on the hundreds of youth coming through the program has been profound.  His sports program offers baseball, basketball and football to young people from age of 5 to 17.  Taking a cue from his own life, Richard has created a program where boys and girls can mature through the youth programs into volunteers and eventually into part-time employees. His many talents also include community outreach and advocacy; he organizes community youth to participate in events such as New York Sports Buddies and the Yorkville Basketball Tournament; he acts as liaison to other after school programs, serves on the Unity Project committee and regularly attends community board meetings on youth and education.  Among his colleagues, Richard is a proponent for lifelong learning and continually seeks opportunities to advance his already considerable range of skills.