Jeffrey Batts

Group Leader, Afterschool Program at PS 223, Queens

Child Center of New York
Back in School, Planning for the Future

Jeffrey started college after he left high school, and then he stopped. “I had no passion to go to school,” he said. He went to work in an afterschool program because he needed a job. There he found the motivation to resume his college education. “The students at PS 223 needed a role model,” he said. Most of their parents work long hours and more than one job. Often he spends more afterschool hours with kids than their parents do. He wanted to practice what he preached by going back to college through the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC.

Jeffrey used what he learned in college to take on new responsibilities at work, such as helping kids publish a school newspaper. He felt his self-confidence grow. He wants to earn a college degree in child psychology and direct his own afterschool site. “It would be the best site in Queens.”