This video discusses the benefits of school district/community collaborations and was produced in partnership with Every Hour Counts, with generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
ELOs in Providence are made possible through the generous support of Bank of America, the Providence Public School District, Jessie B. Cox CLT Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the City of Providence.
PASA's high school initiative, called the Hub, partners with the Providence Public School District to offer students opportunities to earn course credits for pursuing their interests after school. The Hub's credit-bearing ELOs (expanded learning opportunities) allow students to gain critical 21st century skills they will need to be successful in the workplace, while allowing students to bolster their academic records.
The Hub's website—hubprov.com—acts as a student portfolio site, where students post blogs, videos, and images of their projects throughout the semester. Each student's portfolio is by digital badges, which provide a way for college admissions officers and/or potential employers to view the rigorous requirements each student had to meet to earn credit for their work.
As a free, citywide after-school network for middle school youth, the AfterZone provides students with access to a wide variety of programs—provided by over 70 community-based organizations—that offer self-driven opportunities for the development of new skills, experiential learning that feels relevant to youth, and incorporates youth voice and choice and career interest exploration.