PASA http://ripr.org en Afterschool program hopes students can curb dropouts http://ripr.org/post/afterschool-program-hopes-students-can-curb-dropouts <p>A new program at the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) pairs high school students with middle schoolers, on the theory that a mentoring relationship with an older student might discourage dropping out.</p><p>PASA organizers say they are focusing on 8th graders, who often face a tough road when they transition from middle school into high school. Just 66 percent of Providence students graduate from high school within four years.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:10:55 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8927 at http://ripr.org