We are about a month into the school year for PAL’s children and teens – and it already feels as if our youth are learning and accomplishing a great deal at their PAL afterschool home.
This year, our afterschool youth are exploring fairy tales and folk tales from around the world. I think reading such stories filled with imagination and wonder is a great way to understand different cultures and their beliefs.
In addition, our children are already composing poems for the citywide competition, PAL Poetry Jam. As many of you know, we collect the best of these poems for an anthology that we share with supporters like you.
We have also launched two exciting initiatives for about 100 PAL teens. One of them is the “PAL Youth Professionals” – a leadership development program where volunteer executives and entrepreneurs will offer first-hand practice on much-needed professional skills like public speaking and time management.
Our second initiative – Teen Girl Tuesdays – is a safe space for young women to explore topics like self-image and healthy relationships. If you would like to volunteer for these new programs, contact April Okpwae at AOkpwae@palnyc.org.
We organized pilot projects for these two initiatives at our Wynn Center in Brooklyn this past summer, and their success informed us that our teens need a second home to explore and achieve their best selves. We thank you for playing a big part in ensuring that PAL is a young person’s home away from home to fearlessly learn and thrive.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL
P.S. – On Sunday, November 11th, we are hosting our 4th annual 5K Run/Walk at Riverside Park. I hope you and your friends and family can join us to support PAL. It’s easy – just sign up at https://pal5k.greatfeats.com/. I look forward to seeing you there. Thank you.