The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) mission is to expand and improve quality expanded learning opportunities for Providence middle and high school youth by organizing a citywide public/private system. In the past 12 years, PASA has served 14,000 young people, that is around 1,800 youth annually, of which 1,500 are in middle school and 300 in high school. PASA is the only large-scale system providing high-quality after school programming in Providence and has become a national model replicated in over 40 cities.
AmeriCorps members serve as the frontline in PASA's youth development work in the AfterZone facilitating: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning activities, cooperative learning, and inclusive physical activities for middle school youth enrolled in the AfterZone program.
PASA in an intermediary that runs the AfterZone and Hub:
· The AfterZone: Our middle school initiative that serves 1,500 young people every year. The AfterZone gives middle school youth access to almost 100 programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the arts, and sports provided by 70 Providence organizations, teachers, and community-based educators. Programs run in five Providence middle schools and throughout the city. They are offered in a multi-week session, giving youth time for deep learning and for the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the adults who guide them.
· The Hub: Our high school initiative that serves 200 young people every year. The Hub builds on the AfterZone and helps young people refine skills that are related to their career interests. Hub courses are currently offered at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. Some credit-bearing Hub courses are also offered through the Advanced Coursework Network, a statewide initiative launched by Governor Raimondo in January 2016 in order to provide every high school youth in Rhode Island an opportunity to enroll in a mix of college level, AP, and credit-bearing expanded learning opportunity (ELO) courses through a single statewide course catalogue.