Mary Birchenough

Member at Large

Stacey Scott

Member at Large

Shannon Halbedel


Le V. Bailey II

President and Founder

Dr. Jonne McCoy-White

Educational Ambassador

Greg Lipinski

Member at Large


​When you donate to P.A.P.A.S., you help to end the cycle of misfortune and open a window of opportunities for our community to succeed.

Erick White

2nd Vice President

Adopted by the Board of Directors on January 2014

PAPAS, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Dr. Tonya C. Bailey

Vice President of Operations/Chief

Diversity Officer

Board of Directors

Pick a Place and Start (P.A.P.A.S.) is a Community Development Corporation focused on revitalizing the Flint and Genesee County Community. We believe our City can thrive if we all simply, Pick a Place and Start, through our collaborative volunteer and donor supported efforts.

P.A.P.A.S. is dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the City of Flint and Genesee County. We work with our neighbors to celebrate the life and art of our community, an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools and substandard living. We believe the area’s residents, their talents and aspirations, are the city’s greatest assets and through P.A.P.A.S’s initiatives we intend to showcase this community to the world. P.A.P.A.S. offers a multi-faceted approach to asset-based community development. Its programming falls within three main headings: Youth Development, Arts, Culture and Community Development all aimed at the comprehensive revitalization of Flint, Michigan.

Through our volunteer and donor supported efforts we are addressing:

  • Youth Empowerment, Mentoring and Scholastic Achievement
  • Performing Arts and Cultural Awareness
  • Turning Blight into Beautification of Neighborhoods with our PAPAS Housing Program
  • Inspiration through education, spiritual growth and community service
  • And Much More!

At a time when the Flint community is facing declining investment and tarnished morale, we at P.A.P.A.S. are responding to a community in crisis. Our organization will work with local residents to strengthen and
renovate this community by bolstering community members' endeavors through arts, environmental and business oriented services while contributing to the area's resurgence in arts, education and culture.

Dr. Linda Itson

Member at Large


There's always something going on with P.A.P.A.S.! Check out our upcoming events and see how you can get involved!

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 Our programs and projects embrace our belief that the residents of the City of Flint, especially the young people, have the inherent vision and ability to transform their community.

Our primary Aim is to promote youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Flint and Genesee County Community.

Sandrea Williams


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Nicco Vassol

Member at Large