In partnership with Brown International Academy, PAWS began as an after school initiative where UTC students served as mentors in the program. UTC students were a welcomed part of PAWS as they applied to volunteer to provide mentoring to the fourth and fifth grade participants of the program. UTC mentors were responsible for delivering the programming by means of facilitating activities from Positive Action, providing homework assistance, panels, campus tours, and other special events.
As time followed, PAWS started growing not only by reputation, but also by volunteers and participants. Partnerships with Education, Social Work, and Psychology departments were fostered and it is through these partnerships with those departments that students benefited by serving as mentors in order to complete the field placement component or for the practicum, or intern or volunteer experience in Think Achieve program.
Goals continued to evolve in the program. As Ms. Cole noticed the fascination PAWS students had in learning about college from their mentors. PAWS evolved from being a program focusing on lowering juvenile delinquency to a program keen on helping elementary-age students explore their postsecondary options. In 2010 the PAWS abbreviation shift emphasis from “Positive Action With Success” to “Postsecondary Awareness With Success.”
PAWS ceased operations in the Fall of 2019 to increase focus on the expanding CK, Now! program. Where PAWS served under 50 children a year for 12 years, CK, Now! serves over 2,000 children a year. As of December 2019, over 11,782 children have attended CK, Now!
We would like to thank the many UTC students mentors that served PAWS. Many of those children have moved on to postsecondary education, thanks to your guidance!