P.A.P.A.S. Housing establishes and/or acquires residential properties for the purpose of neighborhood development and addressing blight in the community. Families participating in a P.A.P.A.S. House perform
"sweat equity" (maintenance and upkeep) of the property in exchange for rent. Our philosophy is as simple as ABC: Tuming Abandonment into Attraction, Changing Blight into Beauty. Replacing Corrosion with Character


 P.A.P.A.S. is focused on revitalizing the Flint and Genesee County Community. We believe our City can thrive if we all simply, Pick a Place and Start.

Each of P.A.P.A.S's programs is based on the principles of asset-based community development. 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 neighborhoods. For P.A.P.A.S., at-risk children and teens are not bundles of problems – they are wellsprings of solutions.

Seeds to Success


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

Girls on a M.I.S.S.I.ON.

Minstrels Institute of Performing Arts

Girls on a M.I.S.S.I.ON. is a training program that nurture, empower, and educate girls ages 8-18 during a pivotal time in their lives. Our mission is to instill the following character traits into all the young women in this program:

•             Maturity
•             Integrity
•             Scholastic Achievement
•             Sophistication (etiquette, public speaking, etc)
•             Involvement (civic engagement)
•             ON Point (change agents)

Youth Unleaded

Youth Unleaded is an exploration program that takes an interactive approach to providing resources to educationally support Flint youth. Through a partnership with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, we are able to provide the youth of the Flint Community with FREE Academic Tutoring, Financial Literacy Education and Cultural Competency Training.

This program runs weekly!  Every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. | 4510 S. Dort Highway; Flint, MI

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A career exploration program that takes a holistic approach to career preparation. The Mission of the Seeds to SUCCESS program is to provide the essential skills needed to help both problematic and non-problematic teenagers, to develop a sense of self worth, discipline and moral values. The program helps establish a solid foundation for youth as it pertains to life s expectations beyond teenage years.

Women in Power (WIP)

Minstrels Performing Arts Institute provides first-class training and education to all its students. We believe that music and arts has the power to not only transform the lives of our students, but also the lives of their families and communities. Given the importance of music and arts exploration in our youth, this program is a solution driven method to provide access to music and arts education to further help our community's future leaders, today's youth.

Director: Ms. Tanya Lewis

After School Cafe


​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.

Our Programs

The Annual Women in Power (WIP) Summit is a signature program of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) PAPAS,
Inc., presenting sponsor of the Conference.  This life-changing event is the Midwest region’s new forum
to promote women’s personal and professional development and advancement.  The purpose of our
WIP Summit is to inspire women to seek their highest level of personal and professional growth by
presenting participants with role models, varying perspectives, and strategies for development.

An entrepreneurial training program for current and potential business owners in our community. This program is dedicated to empowering people to be bold and brave enough to help curve the economic status of our community by building businesses with wisdom and integrity.

The After School Cafe provides a safe place for training and education. The extra burden on school districts and the lack of resources is a clarion call for someone, some agency, or the community at large to hear and respond. We have heard the cry and are offering a means to close the lack of resource gap and help prepare our community's future leaders at the After School Cafe. The components of the Cafe include a computer center, resource library, math lab, space for test preparation and tutoring and a language lab. A space in the Cafe will be dedicated to leadership training and academic success workshops.

Living the Dream

P.A.P.A.S. Housing