George Lucas Educational Foundation

PASA: Connecting Middle School Youth to a Community-Built System of After-School Programs

Learn how to build a safe, stimulating, citywide network of after-school enrichment programs.
By Jenny Parma, Edutopia
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The Providence After School Alliance is a leader of and role model for cities across the nation in developing citywide campus centers that keep students in stimulating, safe environments with caring adults during the after-school hours.

Sailing Along:

The PASA sailing team competes in an annual regatta.

Here, we provide material from PASA on how to build a network of after-school programs in your city or community. The material includes:

You can also learn about partnering with PASA at the organization's Web site.

Who This Material Is Best For

These resources are helpful for

  • school district administrators, civic leaders, teachers.
  • an intermediary body hired to build an after-school network.
  • middle schools, but much of it is adaptable to other grade levels.


How to Use This Material

The materials (lessons, videos and tips, articles, and contacts) can be viewed in any order. There is no need to do the lessons sequentially.

The eight lessons and supplementary materials can be downloaded and customized. They describe how your school district or community can emulate PASA's model in your area. They also give administrators and civic leaders a strategy plus tangible resources for building a network of after-school enrichment programs.


What PASA Is About, and Why We Picked It

PASA, located in Providence, Rhode Island, has revolutionized the idea of after-school programs. PASA looked beyond the more common school-based model and replaced it with a community-campus approach made up of different zones -- dubbed AfterZones -- where students coming from nearby schools can attend enriched arts, skills, and sports programs of their choosing.

By building high-quality enrichment programs and linking the public and private sectors through a youth-centered agenda, PASA has successfully attracted and retained one-third of middle school youth in Providence. Read more about the third-party assessment that substantiates PASA's success.


What These Materials Are Designed to Teach

These resources will help the audience develop

  • relationships between civic leaders, the community, and the school system.
  • ideas for branding and advertising a program to increase student involvement.
  • methods for assessing student growth and persistence.


Background Information

This material, provided by PASA, is funded in part by a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

To learn more about successful full-time learning, read "Reforming the School Day: The Evolution of Full-Time-Learning Programs."

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Sheila Garza's picture
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Pixley is a very small community and needs help.our community needs to know even though we do not have sufficient funds to do as much as we would like to we can still make a difference by tryin.i sheila feel that it takes one person to make a difference to inspire a whole community that has lost hope for the children since we have nothing and no one is determine to have a voice,im giving mine please help in any way possible guide me or send me refferences to those who can help our community send me facts or ideas so i can make a difference in our community i have hope and will not give up.If any questions please contact me at (559)358-6927

Juanita Adams's picture
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We have a program in place at our school after school. We too provide various activities for the students. This program looks interesting and I would like to know more about it. Our program is for Pre-K thru 5th grade. I know our program has really helped our community. I feel we must work together for the benefit of helping ensure the safety of children in our nation.

Alex Silva's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I would like to set-up an after school program for students having academic difficulties as well as a GED program. How do I start?

Hermie Speckels's picture

Your State Department of Education should have information on starting an After-school program. Check with them.

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