Partnership for After School Education


Keith Hefner is the Publisher and Executive Director of Youth Communication - a nonprofit youth literacy program that he founded in 1980 that trains teens in writing and publishes their stories in books and magazines and on the web. Youth Communication also develops curricula that combine social/emotional learning and developing skills in areas like employment readiness, transitioning to adulthood, surviving trauma, and developing resilience. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989, and he was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City at Columbia University during the 1986-87 academic year. In 1997 he received the Luther P. Jackson Award for Educational Excellence from the New York Association of Black Journalists.