Finally, PASA offers a menu of professional development and training opportunities for After Zone providers.
Providence’s mayor, David Cicilline, was able to bring key city players together to plan the initiative, and he leveraged commitments from city departments and the school district to redirect their resources (staff, facilities, funds) to help support the After Zones.
P/PV carried out data collection for this study from February 2008 through March 2009.
A second P/PV report that focuses on how youth participated in After Zone programs, and the relationship of various patterns of participation to youth outcomes, will be published in 2011.
Low-income youth may be particularly vulnerable because their families and communities lack the resources needed to provide quality structured activities during the after-school hours.
Within cities, the rapid growth in OST programs over the past two decades has often resulted in a fragmented landscape of independent efforts with precarious funding and uneven quality.
In planning the initiative, PASA set out to establish a single set of standards that would define high-quality programming and then incorporate these standards in all After Zone offerings.
PASA’s mission is to utilize, coordinate and strengthen existing youth programs and community resources across the city to provide middle school youth with easily accessible, high-quality after-school programs.
The study also examines the extent to which After Zone programs incorporated practices associated with positive youth development.
The research methods were selected to document the early history of PASA and the After Zone initiative as well as the mechanisms PASA put in place to manage, coordinate, strengthen and sustain the citywide network of After Zone providers and to improve the quality of After Zone programs.