As you may know, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Nearly one in five public high-school students has been subjected to bullying, according to the New York City Department of Health. We at PAL are strongly committed to an environment free of any bullying. In order to be better equipped to prevent bullying in any form, we have partnered with No Bully, a nonprofit organization which trains school-based staff to stop bullying and cyberbullying.
Earlier this month, PAL staff participated in three workshops conducted by No Bully. By early next year, we expect to have 50 PAL staff members specially trained to resolve any bullying incident that our children may confront.
We are extremely grateful to our major donor, cybersecurity expert Adam Levin, along with Tickle Water and IDT911 for sponsoring our partnership with No Bully. We are excited to implement this year-long program and we will continue to update you on our efforts.
In other news at PAL, I want to mention that on October 20th PAL will once again celebrate the national event, Lights On Afterschool, to highlight the importance of thriving after-school programs across this country. Some of PAL after-school programs will host open houses for community members and parents to commemorate this day.
We thank you for supporting PAL’s mission. Thanks to you, our PAL after-school youth thrive all year round.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL