PAZ After-School Programs

Making pottery at PS 24 PAZ program. Photo © Carolina Kroon


PAZ (Peace from A-Z) After-School Programs

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility operates three after-school programs that strengthen the social and emotional competencies of some 560 students from grades K-8. Out of school time provides opportunities for students to explore the concepts taught in Morningside Center’s day school programs through artistic, athletic and intellectual projects and activities.

PAZ @ P.S. 24

The PAZ @ P.S. 24 program reaches 180 elementary school children at Brooklyn’s P.S. 24. The program operates from 3 to 6 p.m. every school day as well as over the summer and during school holidays. PAZ @ P.S. 24 was launched in September 1999 by Morningside Center and P.S. 24 with funding from The After-School Corporation.

PAZ @ P.S. 214 Middle School

The PAZ @ P.S. 214 program reaches 160 middle school children at P.S. 214 in the East Tremont section of the Bronx. The program operates Monday – Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. as well as on school holidays. PAZ @ P.S. 214 was launched in September 2009.

PAZ @ P.S. 214 Elementary School

The PAZ @ P.S. 214 Elementary program serves 220 children, grades 1-5, with a program of academic support, social and emotional learning, engaging art and science and community projects, and cooperative sports. The program operates every school day from 3-6 pm and all day during school holidays. 

PAZ After-School programs help children learn to

  • Communicate better
  • Identify and express feelings
  • Manage anger
  • Handle conflicts nonviolently
  • Cooperate with peers
  • Respect differences
  • Stand up to bias
  • Make healthy life choices

PAZ students participate in activities including:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance
  • Cooperative / Competitive Sports
  • Yoga
  • Eco-club
  • Community service
  • Humanitarian relief organizing
  • Newspaper / Newsletter
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Homework Help / Academic Enrichment

For more information, please contact Lillian Castro, Morningside Center’s director of administration, at 212.870.3318 x33 or by email at