Each day, program providers serve an integral role in the functioning of our after school system. Providers come from many pockets of the Providence community and represent a wide array of talent and expertise in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), sports, and the arts. Together, PASA providers form a robust network of committed and caring adults who are working every day to impact the lives of city youth. As a part of the PASA network, program providers also have access to year-round professional development and training opportunities.
The AfterZone Day (middle school programming)
Program providers for middle school arrive in the AfterZone 20 minutes prior to youth arrival. This gives providers time to check in with the Site Coordinators and set up their space. As youth arrive, program providers help greet the youth, encourage them to sign in, and aid in the transition from the school day to AfterZone. PASA offers all youth participants free daily after school meals, giving program providers an opportunity to sit and engage with the youth at tables.
Leading Hands-On Learning and Fun
After eating, program providers and youth disperse for the program day’s learning and exploration. Some program providers lead instruction at the schools, while others go somewhere in the community with the participants. As young people are diving into their interests, program providers infuse positive youth development approaches into their instruction so that youth are simultaneously cultivating essential skills like problem solving and teamwork.
Recruitment and End of Session Celebrations
Prior to each 6-10 week session in the middle schools, program providers go into the schools to encourage youth to sign up for the AfterZone. Following each session, program providers participate in a celebration of youth progress during their 6-10 weeks of programming. Often, there are projects on display and performances like dance routines or music concerts.