It’s only two weeks into January and PAL’s young people already have a great deal to look forward to this year. At our afterschool programs, PAL kids are getting ready to explore the evolution of technology. We certainly know that technology is more than just a tool – it is a cultural phenomenon. This year, PAL staff will encourage our young people to think critically on how society and technology influence each other.
We are also launching two popular programs for more than 500 young people across five boroughs – PAL Cops and Kids basketball for teens and Junior Knicks basketball program for younger children. These two programs depend heavily on our NYPD volunteers. We appreciate all NYPD officers who inspire our young people as positive role models and mentors through our sports and educational programs.
Last month, I mentioned that PAL teens kicked off the holiday season performing at the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Our PAL teens ended 2018 on a high note with surprise pop-up performances at TD Bank locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I saw our teens perform popular Christmas carols, astonishing customers and passersby, and delighting the employees. We are grateful to TD Bank for hosting PAL teens – it was a great opportunity to highlight the potential of these young people.
As you can see, the New Year is looking very promising for our young people. We thank you for making all this good work happen. We wish you a Happy New Year.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL