This month, I want to highlight our technology-related initiatives at PAL. We try to give our youth several ways to build digital skills and use them to discuss important issues in our communities today.
For example, PAL youth are taking on cyberbullying this year. In a survey conducted by NYC Department of Education, 81% of its students have experienced bullying or harassment in schools. With the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office support, PAL teens and afterschool kids created compelling short films to combat cyberbullying, which were publicly screened last month.
Thanks to funding from NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office, PAL Wynn Center in Brooklyn has launched film-making classes with LPZ Cinetech. Our middle-school kids are learning film production and will produce a short film on a community issue by the end of the school year. I look forward to sharing the film with you when it is completed.
We also have PAL kids from our Harlem Center, New South Bronx Center and Wynn Center taking part in Global Scholars. This program is digitally connecting middle-school students from 13 US cities and 26 countries to explore how access to healthful foods influences public health in their home city.
As you can see from this remarkable list of activities, we are engaging our young people in civic issues of importance to them. I encourage you to visit PAL YouTube to see how your support helps PAL kids become the best they can be. Thank you.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL