Partnership for After School Education

What is Afterschool?

Afterschool programs are safe spaces that support healthy social and emotional development, teach crucial 21st century skills, and promote success in school and in life.

Afterschool programs are unique institutions in kid’s lives that provide them with opportunities to discover their passions, build their social skills, learn to lead, participate in stimulating activities, and to join in and give back to their communities, all while benefitting from a community of caring and supportive professional educators.

Whether serving kids in schools or at community centers, before school or after, during school breaks or summers – community based afterschool programs engage and motivate kids while building their self-esteem, inspiring them with caring adult role models, and connecting them to their community.

“We are the cultivators of the most important fertile ground we have – the hearts and minds of our children.”

J. Christopher Neal, PASEsetter Winner 2014, Coro New York Leadership Center

Why Afterschool?

Nearly one third of all kids in New York City live in poverty. That’s 31.4% of our city’s kids who can’t afford access to many of the opportunities outside the school day that teach them teamwork and creativity, develop their social skills, stimulate them academically, and mold them into responsible citizens.

Afterschool programs help to fill in those gaps.

Every day in NYC, more than 500,000 young people in low income communities are provided safe and enriching environments in afterschool programs. After school hours can play a critical role in helping children and teens thrive in school and life. Quality afterschool programs increase young people’s academic performance, support their social and emotional development, and promote health and wellness. Afterschool programs teach skills that are essential for success including critical thinking, collaboration, and communication [1], and help ensure our city’s kids grow up to have the bright futures they deserve.

“Honestly, without programs such as [mine] I’m not sure where the kids—or I—would be.”

Stephane Derisma, PASEsetter Winner 2014, The Action Center for Education and Community Development Inc.


PASE strengthens, leads, connects, and champions the afterschool programs in New York City that are committed to transforming young lives affected by poverty. Research and evaluations show that PASE’s approach and programs have both short- and long-term impact on the quality of afterschool services and the sustainability of the afterschool community. By ensuring that the caring adults in children’s lives are prepared, trained and capable of providing high-quality services, PASE promotes positive outcomes for hundreds of thousands of kids and teens in New York City and beyond each year.



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“Today, PASE is the center, the hub, around which the afterschool field revolves.”

Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, Strategic Destiny: Designing Futures through Faith and Facts

The Pase Impact

PASE accomplishes our mission by building the capacity of individual afterschool staff, youth-serving organizations, and the field as a whole, all with the goal of increasing the availability of high-quality services to youth in out-of-school time. PASE empowers afterschool providers to be more effective and efficient, inspiring innovation and improvement; resulting in positive transformation for millions of kids and teens in New York City.

  • 5,750

    Over 5,750 afterschool professionals walked through PASE's doors in our 2015-2016 fiscal year.
  • 3,311

    3,311 afterschool professionals attended a PASE workshop in 2015-2016.
  • 144

    PASE held 144 training sessions from July 2015 through June 2016.
  • 1,800

    Over 1,800 individuals attended PASE's 35 large-scale events in 2015-2016.
  • 153

    In our 2015-2016 fiscal year, PASE held 218 executive consultations and partner meetings.
  • 425

    425 guests attended PASE's 2016 PASEsetter Awards ceremony.