AAFE Youth and Family Development

AAFE Youth Center

The AAFE Youth Center is a dedicated safe space for youths of the Flushing community.

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    Our Vision

Our Vision is a world where low-Income, immigrant, youth of color are empowered in their communities.

    Our mission

We value the leadership of low-income and immigrant youth of color. We develop critically conscious and active social change agents by offering a supportive community, leadership development programming, and college and career counseling.

    Our programs

COMPASS High offers project-based learning opportunities to 9th and 10th grade students, engaging them over the school year in skill-building activities and nurturing youth interest with opportunities for student voice and activism. COMPASS offers transition support and counseling services to help students stay on track until the 10th grade. Learn more about the COMPASS program here.

AAFE CASTLE aims to empower high school students in the 11th and 12th grades to engage in service-learning projects and become agents of social change in their communities. Bi-weekly meetings (twice a week) aim to develop leadership skills and civic engagement experience. CASTLE youths also explore post-secondary options through workshops, college trips, and job shadowing. Learn more about the CASTLE program here.

AAFE’S College Counselor works with high school students (9th to 12th grade) as they navigate the pathway to college. Through one on one meetings, Youth Leader support, workshops, and resource sharing, we offer students the information they need to guide them through the college process from applications, to financial aid, and commitment decisions.

    upcoming aafe Youth events

These are events that are run by our AAFE Youth Team! Join us!

AAFE 2021 10th annual virtual career conference

Date: Fridays, starting April 9, 2021 to may 28, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST
Location: on zoom


AAFE is hosting our 10th annual virtual Career Conference! Join us in exploring different fields and career paths with professional from a wide variety of industries! Every Friday starting on April 9th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, we will have a panel with professionals from the following career fields:

Law & Social Justice|  April 9, 2021
STEM|  April 16, 2021
Creative Arts|  April 23, 2021
Skilled Workers|  April 30, 2021
Education & Social Work|  May 7, 2021
Business Entrepreneurship|  May 14, 2021
Health|  May 21, 2021
Policy and Legislation|  May 28, 2021


SIGN UP HERE: AAFE Career Conference

There will be a raffle EVERY WEEK for students who register and attend, and you can get an extra raffle entry for every friend you invite!

AAFE x Nike 5K RUN! jog! WALK!

Date: Monday, March 29, 2021 to Friday, April 2, 2021
Time: anytime you want!
Location: anywhere outdoors!


AAFE is hosting a virtual 5K to celebrate the Spring! Over the course of NYC DOE Spring Break we will be hosting a virtual 5K! Participants are welcome to join AAFE Staff, or friends and family and participate! Participants are able to sign up alone as well! If participating with other please make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing! 

  1. Sign Up using the link below and receive a care package! (RSVP by March 19th in order to receive the care package) 
  2. Download Nike Run Club App on Your Phone.
  3. Run! Jog! or Walk! 5 Kilometers (or 3.1 miles) in one try, during Spring Break (Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2). Record your run, jog, or walk on the Nike Run Club App! MUST be outside.
  4.  Upload your map to Instagram and tag @aafeyouth! You’ll enter a raffle for Nike Gift Cards!
    • Only Current AAFE Youth are Eligible for the Nike Gift Card Raffle. Still, everyone who signs up will receive a care package.

SIGN UP HERE: AAFE 5K Run, Jog, Walk!

    upcoming community events

These are events that are facilitated by trusted community partners.

(AAFE Youth Staff may or may not join – depends on the event.)

Social media

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @aafeyouth to stay updated on our programs and events!

youth opportunities

There are year-round opportunities, both paid and volunteer work, available with AAFE or with other organizations. Check them out here!