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Keith Hefner

Youth Communication, Inc.


Keith Hefner is Senior Advisor at Youth Communication - a nonprofit professional development organization that he founded in 1980. Youth Communication offers intensive writing programs for teens in which they learn to tell powerful stories about managing and overcoming challenges. Youth Communication then creates curricula and professional development for teachers and youth workers - based on the teens' stories - that educators use to help teens strengthen social and emotional skills and literacy skills. Hefner is the author or editor of several award-winning Youth Communication curricula, and he has also won several awards for his youth development work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Charles H. Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York City, and the Luther P. Jackson Award for Educational Excellence from the New York Association of Black Journalists.

PASE Impact, FY 2023

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Afterschool Professionals Supported



Professional Development Events Offered

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NYC Youth Impacted

PASE believes all kids deserve a safe, nurturing space during out-of-school time where they have opportunities to explore their passions while connecting with and learning from caring adults. We exist to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

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