The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) aims to improve and increase quality after-school opportunities for the children and youth of Providence. PASA received initial funding from The Wallace Foundation and Bank of American to expand and improve after-school opportunities for the youth of Providence by organizing a system of after-school supports. This system will ensure access for all Providence youth to high quality after-school programs and learning opportunities. PASA was created and formed through the collective efforts of more than 150 public and nonprofit after-school providers in a planning process led by Mayor David N. Cicilline.
Since its founding in 2004, PASA and the Mayor have successfully built a city-wide after-school system comprising a core AfterZone model, Quality Improvement Strategy, baseline systems and unprecedented levels of public-private partnership. The innovative AfterZone model serves more than 1,000 youth per year through five school-centered, community "campuses" that provide a variety of programs for middle-school youth in the areas of the arts, sports, science and life skills.