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Since 1947

Philly PAL is... "Cops Helping Kids."

We aspire to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime,
promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes.

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PAL is a youth development organization offering educational, athletic, recreational, character-building, and cultural programs to Philadelphia’s youth, ages 6-18.  All PAL programs are fun, safe, and FREE.  PAL programming fills the dangerous void for Philadelphia kids during after-school and summertime hours by providing constructive activities and supervision.

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People are at the heart of PAL.
PAL is comprised of committed men and women in blue, a dedicated civilian staff, and generous supporters and partners. Click below to meet us!

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Volunteer and Support Staff Awards

Rizzo PAL Wrestling Coach James Mangan was honored as PAL Volunteer of the year during the Volunteer and Support Staff Appreciation Event on June 8. Mangan was a former PAL youth wrestler in the 90’s and has been a volunteer coach for many years. He oversees and runs... read more

PAL MVP Readers Celebrate with 76ers

Hundreds of PAL kids dedicated a month to reading and exploring literature this winter. Beginning in January, PAL centers throughout Philadelphia aimed to introduce kids to as many books as possible. For the duration of the program, children were encouraged to read 10... read more

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Among my biggest fans is my PAL officer, Cedric Jones. Officer Jones has been a primary source of encouragement and has supported me from the first day we met inside the PAL gym at 59th and Elmwood. Whether it was convincing me to learn how to play ping pong, listening as I made the decision to attend Duke, or offering pre-and post-game advice… he has become a mentor, a parental figure, a role model, and a friend, just as many other PAL Officers have done for thousands of kids throughout Philadelphia.
Amile Jefferson,PAL Aumnus/Scholarship Recipient
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Officer Ernie is a great mentor to everyone in the center. He has truly supported my every endeavor…. from helping me pick out a dress at the Cozen Prom boutique, to teaching me the fundamentals of indoor soccer. He is an inspiration to all of us Rizzo PAL kids, and has helped me realize my own potential through sports, educational programs like mock trial, and the Positive Images service learning and mentoring program.
Sarah M, Rizzo PAL Participant
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It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for PAL.  As a member of the Philadelphia business and media community, I feel an obligation to give back to the community I serve.  PAL allows me the opportunity to impact the lives of children in the area by helping to provide them with a safe haven after school and in the summer. The PAL officers and staff provide scholastic and athletic development, but even more importantly, they offer the self esteem boosts and the positive role models children need to thrive.
Vince Giannini PAL Board Member/Donor
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