About Us

Founded in 2009, Co-op After School (CAS) has provided fun, safe, quality, after school programming for over 600 students. In addition to providing tutoring after school, CAS has offered programs ranging from architecture to yoga, basketball to ceramics, a world premiere musical production to chess, and many more. Programs have been taught by Co-Op teachers, parents, alumni, and Yale students. CAS programs are free and open to all Co-Op students. Student registration takes place twice a year; once in September for fall programming and again in January for Spring programming. Program proposals follow the same schedule.

Our Staff

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Kjerstin Pugh

Kjerstin Pugh first came to Co-Op as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow after several years of nonprofit management and publishing experience. She studied Urban Studies and Writing at New School University in New York City. She has been involved in many after school and supplemental education programs in both Pittsburgh, PA and New York. In addition to her responsibilities to Co-Op After School, Ms. Pugh runs summer programming at Co-Op through its partnership with the Shubert Theater and is part of the Shubert's expanding Education Department.
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Johnny Scafidi

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Justin Zamm

Justin Zamm received his B.M., M.M., and Performer's Certificate in classical guitar performance from the Eastman School of Music. He won 1st prize at the 2005 D'Addario Classical Guitar Competition and the 2007 Rosario International Guitar Competition. in 2009 Mr. Zamm joined Teach for America and taught K-5 Strings in the Mississippi Delta. Returning to his home state of CT in 2012, he currently serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at Yale's Dwight Hall supporting the activities of Co-Op After School.
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Suzannah Holsenbeck

Prior to being appointed Arts Director, Holsenbeck served as the Yale Co-Op Partnership Coordinator and Director of Co-Op After School since 2009. She oversaw the recruitment and orientation of staff, community members and artists involved in over 38 different arts and academic programs serving nearly 300 students, including the O’Neill Playwriting Program in coordination with the Yale School of Drama and the Yale Co-Op Dance Collaborative.
Holsenbeck developed Co-Op’s partnerships with the St. Luke’s Steel Band, the CT Center for Non-Violence and the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre Company. In Fall 2011, Holsenbeck produced the World Premiere of “Broken Chains: A Gospel Hip-hopera,” which was lauded as “outstanding, original musical theater” by the New Haven Register.
Holsenbeck studied French Horn Performance at the Juilliard Pre-College Program in High School and went on to graduate from Yale with a B.A. in English. After teaching high school special education for several years on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, she received her Ed.M and certification in Secondary English from Harvard in 2009.
Holsenbeck serves on the Board of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation and has been invited to speak or facilitate trainings at Harvard, Yale, the CT After School Network, the Boiardi Foundation, and the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York.
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Roxy Medina

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John Migliaro

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Anna London

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“CAS has shown me what Co-op can really be when the student body puts their mind to it. All students who attend Co-Op are artists—thanks to these programs and clubs, students can express themselves more than others expect them to.”
CAS Student

Our Programming

• Programs meet from 2:30-4:30 during each Session.
• Clubs meet from 2:30-3:30 during each Session.
• Transportation (Bus Token) is available to all After School students.

Co-Op After School

Co-Op Arts and Humanties High School
177 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520

Special Thanks!

To our partners at:
• Dwight Hall at Yale
• New Haven Public Schools
• The Co-Op Center for Creativity
• Connecticut State Department of Education