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. Their first initiative was the rehabilitation of the C'Jon  Saunders Park.


Each year, Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives serve 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.

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.​


PAPA runs after school academic, enrichment, and athletic programs throughout the year.



Our Mission: PAPA supports the youth of Phoenixville in becoming successful and productive adults through programs that have a positive impact on self-esteem and life skills development. 


Our Vision: PAPA is an independent , community-centered innovator of enrichment opportunities for ALL youth.


​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



I have been through just about every program that the organization has had to offer and now I have children that have benefited from the programs also. I have expressed my gratitude for all that they have done for me, and I feel that the least I could do is try and do my part to help the organization get to the next level.

Rahim Beasley


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!

" a positive alternative for youth..."

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

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