Chris Paul, Central City Kids & Chase Celebrate Successful
“Rookie” Year of Innovative Afterschool Partnership
May 6, 2011
Children in Central City will join NBA All-Star Guard Chris Paul for a party celebrating the inaugural year of the CP3 Afterschool Zone presented by Chase -- a wide variety of safe, enriching afterschool programs for 2nd graders at KIPP Central City Primary School.
The CP3 Afterschool Zone provided more than 100 Central City KIPPsters with fun-filled afterschool programs tailored to the needs and interests of each child. Students gained 6 hours of quality time each week with sessions in art, music, sports, educational games, foreign language, nutrition, kids-in-the-kitchen cooking classes and help with homework— all at no cost to their families. Throughout the year Chris Paul made numerous visits with the students and participated in each of the program’s 10 activities.
CP3 Afterschool Zone presented by Chase is funded by a partnership between Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation and Chase, which has more than 4,400 Louisiana employees and 150 branches statewide. Paul’s Foundation and Chase contributed $500,000 each to benefit the children of New Orleans. The program emerged from several years of study by the Partnership for Youth Development, which administers the $1 million grant.
“CP3 Afterschool Zone provides incredible opportunities for our students to engage in some of the most fun and exciting learning opportunities in our city. The generosity of Chase and the Paul family has a tremendous impact on our children by offering them a variety of stimulating activities and encouraging them to develop positive relationships with adults in their community,” said Korbin Johnson, Principal at the KIPP Central City Primary School.
The program was launched in October 2010. When the public announcement was made in the KIPP school courtyard, Chris Paul looked at the excited faces of the Central City children and said, “Very rarely will you find me speechless. But right now, when I look at what's taking place, it gives me goose bumps."
The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the KIPP Central City Primary School at 2625 Thalia Street, New Orleans, 70113.
“We look forward to this event as a celebration of the power of collaboration — between Chris Paul, Chase bank, the KIPP school and the Partnership for Youth Development. The program has exceeded all expectations, and thanks to the sponsors, we’re looking forward to its continuation in the next two years,” said Gina Warner, Executive Director of the Partnership for Youth Development (formerly Afterschool Partnership of Greater New Orleans.)
Children participating in the CP3 Afterschool Zone have free access and transportation to afterschool programs hosted by KIPP Central City Primary School, the Mahalia Jackson Center, Kids SmArt, New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Lango New Orleans, Community Works, Shine a Light and Kids Play NOLA.
“These kids know at the end of every school day that someone is there for them. Someone cares about them and really wants to see them succeed. That is the power of the CP3 Afterschool Zone,” said Lizette Terral, President of Chase in New Orleans.
The Admiral Center, a partnership between Living Cities and NBA legend David Robinson, played an integral role in creating this partnership and developing the program. The Admiral Center remains actively involved in the project.
For more information, contact: Patti Webster, Chris Paul/CP3 Foundation – 732-469-5955; firstname.lastname@example.org King Logan, Partnership for Youth Development – 504-296-5111; email@example.com Greg Hassell, Chase – 713-419-9208; firstname.lastname@example.org
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