June is an exciting month at PAL – packed with events.
On June 1st, budding poets from our after-school programs recited their poems before their families, PAL staff, and special guests at the annual PAL Poetry Jam. It is encouraging to hear them use language so skillfully to speak of their life experiences and the beauty that they see in everyday moments. We have published an anthology of selected poems and artwork by our young people. If you would like a copy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful to William Talbott Hillman Foundation for their ongoing support for PAL Poetry Jam.
Last weekend, we hosted the PAL Girl Talk retreat at St John’s University with about 50 middle-school girls. PAL Girl Talk gives young women a safe space to learn about general life skills and career opportunities. The program also promotes self-esteem and positive relationships. We thank our guest speakers for sharing their life experiences and advice with our young people at the retreat and throughout the school year. I especially thank AIG for their unstinting support as the founding corporate partner. AIG employees also helped us pack swag bags for the young women attending the retreat.
This week, more than 150 PAL Junior Police Club members will demonstrate leadership skills, discipline and team building exercises that they learned from NYPD officers at the Junior Police Jamboree.
We recently announced the winners of the “Police Commissioner for the Day” essay competition - a collaboration between the NYPD and PAL. We received 560 submissions from young people citywide who shared their ideas on implementing programs as it relates to neighborhood policing. Congratulations to Kayla Danielle Parker from Brooklyn for her winning essay.
With your support, we ensure that our young people at PAL have numerous ways to stay engaged in meaningful activities through academics, sports, arts and civic engagement. Thank you.
Frederick J. Watts