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Partnership for Afterschool Education Honors NYCUDL Program Director Aubrey Semple

Partnership for Afterschool Education

NEW YORK CITY – February 26, 2015: The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) will honor five exemplary afterschool educators as winners of the PASEsetter Awards at the 2015 PASEsetter Awards Benefit, to be held on Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The PASEsetter Awards Benefit gathers more than 500 city leaders from government, business, education, advocacy, philanthropy, and youth development to honor five of New York City's most innovative and effective community educators, individuals who achieve excellence in and exhibit true devotion to improving the lives of the young people in out-of-school time.

This year's PASEsetter winners are:

  • Katha Cato, Director of After-School and Camp Services at Henry Street Settlement;
  • Lamont Jackson, Program Director, After School and Summer Camp at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center;
  • Ranti Ogunleye, Senior Trainer at Global Kids;
  • Aubrey Semple, Program Director at New York City Urban Debate League; and
  • Matthew Smilardi, Artistic Instructor at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

"The PASEsetter Awards were the first, and remain the only, event of their kind in the afterschool field," said Fern Khan, Dean Emerita, Division of Continuing Education at Bank Street College and President of PASE's Board of Directors. "Each year we look forward with excitement to expressing our thanks to afterschool educators for their tireless efforts, to recognizing their critical importance to the families and communities they serve, and to reaffirming our collective commitment to New York City's children."

In addition to celebrating the five PASEsetter Award winners, PASE will also honor Richard Scheff, Chairman and Partner of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP, a highly valued member of the PASE Board of Directors, and a longtime friend of PASE and supporter of the afterschool community in New York City.

The PASEsetter Awards Benefit will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Tickets to the event can be purchased by

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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