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Our blog features ExpandED staff and other contributors describing the latest efforts to ensure that every young person thrives and how we’re building a robust system of K–12 afterschool in New York City.

Empowering Communities Through STEM Education: The Journey of Keturah Pelle

By Antoineta Meekins Photo courtesy of Keturah Pelle Born and raised in The Bronx, Keturah Pelle embarked on a mission fueled by her passion for empowering the next generation and uplifting her community. Armed with dual degrees in English and Africana Studies, Keturah’s academic background laid the foundation for her commitment to working with young people in her neighborhood. Keturah’s

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Principles, Guidance, and Literacy Activities for School-Based Community Partners in Support of NYC Reads​

By Saskia Traill, PhD At the end of January, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) hosted a second session for community partners about literacy before and after school, and during summer or other holidays. Experts from the New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) central literacy collaborative updated community partners about the changes in public schools

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A Call to Action to Preserve Equity in Expanded Learning Opportunities

Recently, Saye Joseph, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Mercedes Narcisse and I visited P.S. 222K in Brooklyn. We toured the school and witnessed the vibrant afterschool programming provided by Millennium Development, our longstanding partner that has been serving the community since 1993. The students played games such as Jeopardy and vibrantly participated in spirited, healthy competition during a math bee. The energy in the building was contagious, making it a memorable and inspiring visit.

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Funder Spotlight: The Pinkerton Foundation

Laurie Dien Vice President/Executive Director for Programs of The Pinkerton Foundation Laurie Dien, the Vice President/Executive Director for Programs of the Pinkerton Foundation, briefly talks about our decade long partnership. Q&A Q: What is Pinkerton’s history with ExpandED Schools? A: We were fans of what was then TASC long before we made our first grant. [Founding President] Lucy Friedman came

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Navigating Grief and Trauma: Insights from the New York Life Foundation Day of Learning Conference

By Jacques Noisette In a world marked by loss, trauma, and the challenges of everyday life, the importance of social-emotional learning has never been more evident. As part of the New York Life Foundation’s commitment to increasing awareness, access, and resources for childhood bereavement, I had the privilege of attending the New York Life Foundation Day of Learning Conference. This

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School Community Partnership: A Model for Educational Success

ExpandED Schools organized “School Community Partnership: A Model for Educational Success,” a policy breakfast that brought together Chancellor David Banks, DYCD Deputy Commissioner Denice Williams, and students Kenneth from PTech and Tyler from Humanities Preparatory Academy. The purpose of the panel was to delve into the state of school-community partnerships and explore the necessary steps to advance beyond the current

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NYC STEM Network And ExpandED Schools Host Harlem’s District 4 Summer Rising STEAM Fair

NYC STEM Education Network, a coalition of over 100 STEM education organizations partnered with ExpandED Schools. A nonprofit that matches hundreds of the city’s schools with STEM providers, today hosted the District 4 Summer Rising STEAM Fair at PS/MS 007 Samuel Stern School in Harlem. The fair showcased students’ STEAM Summer Rising program projects and gave STEAM providers the opportunity to network

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NYC STEM Education Network Partners With ExpandED Schools To Celebrate Hundreds of Students And Educators in Harlem At The District 4 Summer Rising STEAM Fair

The Event Highlighted Students’ Summer Projects In The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Fields. Community School District 4 Received A $25,000 Grant To Support STEAM Instruction NEW YORK, NY, August 3, 2023 – NYC STEM Education Network, a coalition of over 100 STEM education organizations partnered with ExpandED Schools, a nonprofit that matches hundreds of the city’s schools with

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‘Matchmaking’ Fair Connects Schools with STEM in District 24

To provide students in Pre-K-8 with more opportunities in STEM, Community School District 24 held a matchmaking STEM provider fair on Friday, June 9, where representatives from schools were able to connect with STEM providers to lay the groundwork for programs beginning in September of 2023.   Although the fair was scheduled to be held at PS/IS 128 in Middle Village,

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A Serendipitous Path to Public Service

Have you ever stumbled on a moment that changed your future? Maim Hoque did, and it propelled him on a path to public service. After his summer with PPIA, Maim explored many kinds of public service positions. He earned a fellowship with ExpandED Schools, an organization that seeks to expand and strengthen the afterschool sector, and taught public speaking and

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Explore reports on our various initiatives and annual reports:

25th-Anniversary Report

This report presents a comprehensive 25-year ExpandED Schools retrospective, highlighting our rich history, esteemed partners, and our transformative work in the field of afterschool.

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Work-Based Learning Coalition Press Release Report Urging Citywide Coordination of Youth Opportunities
Toward Career-Connected Learning Recommendations for Systems Building, Coordination and Improvement
Annual Report 2023
25th-Anniversary Report
ExpandED Schools 2020 Annual Report