On November 15 and 16, PASA held a two-day City Symposium, “Creating Citywide After School Systems for Youth Success,” at the Rhode Island Foundation. New Orleans and Nashville were two of nine cities that came to Providence to learn how to replicate Providence’s AfterZone model for middle school youth. Providence’s successful middle school model and its track record for brokering partnerships between the schools, city departments and the non-profit community has become a national best practice. This has been reinforced by three national publications issued by Public/Private Ventures, the RAND Corporation and Harvard Family Research Project.
Also present was Rhode Island Bank of America President William Hatfield, who announced that Bank of America would be awarding PASA an additional $100,000 dollars to support the AfterZone.
Attendees included assistant superintendents, executive directors, consultants, foundation members, and city government officials from the following cities:
New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; Charlotte, NC; Danville, NC; Omaha, NE; Buffalo, NY; Woonsocket, RI; Asheville, NC; Newport, RI
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