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Excellence For All

Changing the lives of Charlotte area residents by providing community-based programs of excellence.

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To be the community services organization of choice for Charlotte area residents by:
1) Providing best-practice programs in academics, social services, fine arts and health.
2) Promoting local, state and national collaborations.
3) Planting seeds of spiritual uplift among those we serve, employ and collaborate.

Community-based, nonprofit agency with an independent board, budget and staff.

More than 6,500 in 12 years.

Five minutes west of downtown Charlotte in the First Baptist-West Family Life Center.

Board Members

Dr. Ricky Woods, Chair
Cindy Campbell, Vice Chair

Denise Bridges, Sec
Spencer Cochran, Treas
Leslie Berens
Tim Mills
George Pettice
Mary Randle
Spencer Thompson
Marian Yates

Ruby Houston, CMS Liaison
Clara H. Jones, Ex-Officio

Program Partners

Above & Beyond Afterschool
Anita Stroud Foundation

Arts & Science Council
Charlotte Children's Theatre
City of Charlotte

Community School of the Arts
Discovery Place
Foundation For The Carolinas 
Greater Enrichment Program
Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson & Wales University
McKee-Wilson Endowment
Mecklenburg County Community Service Program
Mecklenburg County Health Department
Mecklenburg County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
NC Child & Adult Care Food Program
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Summer Food Service Program
Oaklawn Language Academy
Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg


Charlotte CSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering community-based summer, afterschool and gang prevention services to nearly 500 at-risk students each year. We operate on the core belief that all students--particularly those in need--deserve the very best.

We also firmly believe in results! Our afterschool and summer programs are intensive, academic-based offerings. More than 90% of our afterschool students have passed state tests and have been promoted to the next grade. Our GAP gang prevention program serves as a viable option to detention for high-risk youth.

Our main programs include:

  • GAP (Gang Alternative Principles) offers job readiness, financial literacy, anti-violence and skills training to males referred by the juvenile justice system, police and schools.
  • GAP Career Coaching & Mentoring targets high-risk males in an intensive mentoring program.
  • Clara H. Jones Summer Institute provides fine arts and academic instruction to rising 1st-9th grade students, as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) studies.
  • Music & Tutoring Afterschool Program is a 21st Century Afterschool Community Learning Center providing academic assistance and fine arts lessons to K-8th students.
  • SMART Tutoring Program is an afterschool program that provides intensive tutoring to students in grades 3rd-8th who have failed their End-Of-Grade tests and/or classes.

Click here for our latest annual report.


The founding Executive Director is Patsy Pressley Burkins. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, program coordinator with nonprofit organizations and development director. She is an FBC-W Sunday School teacher.

The founding Afterschool Director is Patrice Thompson. She has an undergraduate degree in special education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and a master's degree in special education from the same institution. Thompson has been an elementary teacher and a parent advocate in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She is also an FBC-W deacon.

The Summer Institute Director is Michelle Duncan-Lewis. She is a Title I Literacy Facilitator for the CMS school system and has been a teacher for more than 20 years. 


First Baptist Church-West has a distinguished history of working with children. For 14 years, church members tutored children at Oaklawn Elementary. The church also provided a summer reading program for a number of years.

In 2003, we put it all together with the formation of a separate organization to provide community services. We began providing summer and afterschool services a year later. We started with 50 summer students and 30 afterschool students and now serve nearly 500 students a year. 

Our latest 990 can be accessed by clicking here.