Our History

Through the Panama City Police    Department (PCPD), the After School Assistance Program (ASAP) was established in June of 1993 in the urban housing complex of Pana Villa Apartments. With the help of grant funding through the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and other community partners, ASAP was able to provide services to families and children in need. This initial site was selected in response to the need to address the increasing problems of juvenile crime and the rise in dropout rates for middle and high school age children in the community. Within two years, it was clear the program was a success and needed to be expanded to another community with similar needs. In February 1995, ASAP in partnership with the Junior Service League (JSL), PCPD, and the Panama City Housing Authority (PCHA) allowed the establishment of a second location in the Massalina Housing Complex. To date, the program has been a big success serving over 800 young children in the community. The program is now run under the Department of Community Development through the City of Panama City, with Mike Johnson as the Department Head.