After-School Programs

After-school is a great time to help young people build their social and emotional skills, and their sense of social responsibility.


    Our three PAZ after-school programs serve about 500 K-8 students in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Each year, we also provide workshops for hundreds of staff from other NYC after-school programs. 

    Program Quality

    Evaluators from New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development rate the quality of our PAZ after-school programs as "far above standard" in program practice, compliance, and administration.


    Surveys of after-school students engaged in our C Squad curriculum found increased levels of trust, empathy, optimism, critical thinking, perseverance, and academic motivation.


    After school is a great time to help young people develop and practice their social and emotional skills – and their sense of social responsibility. Morningside Center supports after-school programs in two ways: 

    • We operate three PAZ after school programs that focus on social and emotional learning (SEL).
    • We facilitate engaging SEL workshops for the staff of after-school programs that are part of NYC’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

    PAZ After-School Programs

    Morningside Center partners with PS 24 in Brooklyn and with PS 214 elementary and middle schools in the Bronx to run three exemplary PAZ after-school programs. (PAZ stands for Peace from A to Z.)

    All three PAZ programs combine a rich menu of after-school activities (including the arts, science, sports, community engagement, and academic support) with a strong focus on building social and emotional skills and fostering a sense of social responsibility. 

    SEL Workshops for Other After-School Programs

    Morningside Center offers hands-on workshop for the staff of NYC DYCD-funded after-school programs. The workshops model and demonstrate interactive approaches staff can use with youth to build their social and emotional skills, including:

    • fun gatherings and games to open and close workshops
    • establishing community agreements
    • using small groups, pair-shares and other engaging formats
    • group-building activities
    • group problem-solving strategies
    • using teachable moments to bolster the SEL skills that young people are learning
    • relating SEL skills to arts programming, to sports, and to other program elements
    PAZ students
    • Our PAZ after-school programs help young people in Brooklyn and the Bronx build their social and emotional skills, do better academically, and have fun!  

    • Every PAZ program engages students in the arts, physical activity (from dance to sports), and community engagement projects.  Students also get lots of homework help.

    • Morningside Center shares what we've learned about fostering social and emotional learning in after school through workshops for staff from after-school programs across New York City. 


    • PAZ Peace Fair

      I have been in PAZ for four years and I love it. I am leader in mediation. I would like to be able to visit the program after I graduate and volunteer.

      Christopher, 5th grade
    • PAZ student artwork

      PAZ is really important  to me because I get to help first-graders and kindergartners with their homework. I also get to learn new things and express myself.

      Daniela, 5th grade

    Stories and Voices