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The After-School Corporation
Lucy N. Friedman is founding president of The After-School Corporation (TASC), a not-for-profit organization established in 1998 to enhance the quality and availability of after-school programs in New York and beyond. TASC’s mission is to change public policy to make universal after-school a public responsibility. Under Dr. Friedman’s leadership TASC has leveraged the OSI investment to spur other public and private investments in after-school nationally; it has helped New York State, and other cities and states, begin to build after-school systems; and it has led in building a system to train and professionally develop supervisory and front-line after-school staff. TASC has also, under Dr. Friedman’s leadership, identified widely adopted core elements of high-performing programs; documented benefits of after-school; and disseminated information on best practices. TASC has demonstrated that large-scale programs, serving hundreds of children within a school, can be engaging and effective.
Prior to joining TASC, Dr. Friedman was the founder and executive director of Victim Services (now known as Safe Horizon) for 20 years, the leading and largest crime victim assistance and advocacy organization in the country. Dr. Friedman led a study group for Mayor David Dinkins, which recommended the creation in schools of Beacon programs which operate after-school and on weekends. She serves on several boards including the After-school Alliance, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and Bryn Mawr College. She is co-chair of NYSAN (NYS After-school Network), chair of the executive committee of the Coalition for Science After School and co-chair of the Study Group on Supplementary Education.
Dr. Friedman holds a Ph.D in social psychology from Columbia University and was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1965-1967. She and her husband have four grown children: Ezra, Tanya, Gideon and Sam.