As longtime supporters know, we traditionally celebrate May as PAL Month. One of my favorite events which takes place in May is the annual Robert J. McGuire Scholarship dinner. Generously supported by former PAL kid Fred Wilpon, this scholarship program attracts teens from our programs throughout the city.
The scholarships assist children seeking to further their education, and are a way to acknowledge our teens’ work to achieve their goals despite personal hardships. It is also wonderful to see our young people express gratitude to their mentors on PAL staff.
This year, we have 11 scholarships winners who are on their way to achieving big dreams – please join me in wishing them good luck as they step into emerging adulthood.
Speaking of big dreams, I am happy to announce that we launched a pilot mentoring program for our young men in middle school. Just as PAL Girl Talk – which gives middle-school girls a safe space to learn together from guest speakers – we hope that the mentoring program for middle-school boys will be as inspirational for our young people and mentors. If you would like to learn more about the program or support this initiative, please let us know.
Supporters like you are giving our young people a chance to fulfill their aspirations. It is a privilege to ensure that PAL is a place for our youth to learn, grow, and thrive. Thank you.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL