In 1993, leaders from community-based organizations, technical assistance providers, and private philanthropy came together to address the state of afterschool education in New York City. This group recognized that despite obvious pockets of promise and innovation, the city’s out-of-school time education was marked by isolation and disjunction. In response, they formed PASE, an organization dedicated to promoting cohesion, excellence, and sustainability in the New York City afterschool field.
Janet Kelley co-chaired the Steering Committee that led PASE until its official incorporation in 1998. For 14 years prior to becoming executive director of PASE, Janet was the executive director of Project Reach Youth (PRY), a New York City youth agency that, under her leadership, grew into a citywide model for innovative education and youth development.
With Janet at the healm, PASE has grown from a small steering committee to a 3 million dollar networking, capacity-building and professional development organization connecting more than 1,400 youth-serving agencies. She is widely recognized for her expertise in program development, fiscal management and Board development. Before joining PRY, Ms. Kelley was the Director of Call For Action, a national helpline organization affiliated with radio and TV stations; Director of Career Development at the Court Employment Project (now CASES); and seminar designer at the United Nations Church Center. She has a B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan and a Master’s degree from Yale.