PASA Welcomes AmeriCorps Members to AfterZone

PASA is excited to announce its partnership with AmeriCorps for the 2017-2018 school year. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – the federal agency responsible for volunteering and service programs – AmeriCorps members are now supporting PASA’s AfterZone, which is a citywide system to bring hands on, high quality programs to Providence middle school students after school.

AmeriCorps members are serving a critical role as facilitators in the AfterZone, where they lead cooperative and experiential learning activities with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and inclusive physical activities for youth enrolled in the AfterZone at DelSesto, West Broadway, Nathan Bishop, Esek Hopkins, and Roger Williams Middle Schools. This year’s PASA AmeriCorps members come from Rhode Island (Providence, Woonsocket and Central Falls), Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York and they bring a wide variety of talents. They are musicians, artists, sport coaches, current college students and graduates, and one even founded their own non-profit organization before joining AmeriCorps.

Phredrick Jean-Baptiste (Phreddy) speaking at the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps Opening Day Celebration at the RI State House.

On October 16 AmeriCorps members serving across Rhode Island were officially sworn in at the Opening Day Celebration held at the Rhode Island State House. PASA AmeriCorps member Phredrick Jean-Baptiste (Phreddy) (shown in the photo above) spoke at the event and said, “I choose to serve because I want the next generation to know there are strong role models and that there is a safe environment after school where they can learn and have fun with their peers.”

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For further information please contact:

Amy Karageorgos, Development and Communications, PASA, Tel: (401) 490-9599 ext. 102 akarageorgos@mypasa.org

About PASA

The Providence After School Alliance’s mission is to expand and improve quality after-school, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence, Rhode Island by organizing a sustainable, public/private system that contributes to student success and serves as a national model. PASA has served over 14,000 youth to date and is the largest public private after-school partnership in the city. For more information, visit mypasa.org or follow @MyPASA.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have provided more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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