@AfterZone @STEM

To achieve our mission, PASA has crafted a nationally-recognized model that allows us to best serve our young people.


  • Provide logistical support so that our program partners can focus solely on delivering high-quality programs.  We coordinate transportation from programs to home, recruit young people to programs that best match their interests, and provide hot meals to youth every day.
  • Engage a team of committed program providers.  Over 200 part-time instructors from 80 organizations apply 3 times per year to offer programs at both the middle and high school levels.
  • Prioritize quality programs.  We set high standards and offer professional development to ensure we are making an impact on the 2,000 youth we serve every year.
  • Leverage resources.  In 12 years, PASA has raised over $24 million from a mix of public and private funders to transform the lives of over 14,000 middle and high school youth.  Thanks to the leadership of the Mayors and Superintendents, half of PASA’s budget is raised from the city and public education funding sources.  The other half has been supported by a mix of national and local corporate funders as well as a growing list of individual donors.  PASA has built an efficient system that costs approximately $1,200 per student, maximizes donors’ investments in transportation, meals, staffing and programs, utilizes the schools after hours, and reinvests over $500,000 to pay the instructors in 80 community organizations committed to serving youth.

Our model allows us to run two initiatives.

  • 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.