​In October of  1995, Kenneth D. Winston, George Smith, Darryl Vinson, George Gadsden, and ​Rev. Greg Thornton established Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives in the spirit of The Million Man March. They wanted to provide opportunities for  at risk youth to stay off the streets after school and instead dedicate their time to activities that would help their growth. Their first initiative was the rehabilitation of the C'Jon Saunders Park.

Each year, Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives serves the children and youth from surrounding neighborhoods, providing quality programs through academic enrichment, social development, and athletic programming. Many of our programs are offered free or at minimal cost to families.


These include our after-school programs New Direction and Fast Forward to help elementary and middle school students with schoolwork and provide a safe place for them once school has let out, S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities For Enrichment) Camp to keep children's minds working during the off months paired with excursions, and the summer basketball league to provide fun and community for the youth in Phoenixville.

Primarily a volunteer, grass-roots organization, PAPA works closely with the Phoenixville Area School District, the Borough of Phoenixville, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and other local organizations to create a positive, effective, and motivating force in the Phoenixville community.​

This year, PAPA celebrates 25 years of serving the Phoenixville community. From the Million Man March to Quarantine, we have pushed on through thick and thin, and hope to for another 25 years!

"PAPA is a voice for the voiceless... they need a voice and an opportunity for their kids to thrive in the community. PAPA creates that."

~Chaya Scott

"I’m proud, I really am proud of where [PAPA] has come as an organization; of the impact they’ve had on the kids and the families as a whole in the community of Phoenixville."

~Jon Kandrick

All PAPA programs are FREE or minimal cost. 

PAPA is able to do this because of great donors and the support of the community. Please help us continue to keep our mission alive by making a donation today


​Gregory Thornton, President

Dolores Winston, Vice President

Angela Qu, Treasurer

Amber Gentile, Secretary

Howard Brown​

Dr. CeCelia Saunders-Baldwin

Karen Miscavage

Christine Herman

Teddy Travis-Bey


Kenneth D. Winston

​Kenneth Mumma

Darryl Vinson

John Alexander

Michael Howell



Charles Rice, Ph.D.



Executive Director - Alexis Boswell


Board of Trustees

Gregory Thornton,


Dolores Winston,

Vice President

Angela Qu,


Amber Gentile,


Howard Brown

Dr. Cecilia Baldwin, LPC

Karen Miscavage

Christine Herman

Teddy Travis-Bey

Kenneth Winston, Emeritus Board Member

"A positive alternative for youth..."

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FIND US: P.O. Box 955 Phoenixville, PA 19640​   C​ALL US: 610-983-4110

As required by federal law, we are requires to inform you that the full amount of your monetary gift qualifies for federal income tax charitable contribution deduction.

Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives