PAL Members Sworn in to City Government for the Day
On February 21st, twenty remarkable PAL members shadowed Philadelphia City Officials as a part of PAL Day at City Hall sponsored by Lockheed Martin. One high school junior or senior from each PAL center was nominated by his or her Center Director for actively participating in PAL programming for many years. PAL officials were paired with positions based on their career interests.
The teens and their mentors were sworn in by City Solicitor Shelley Smith, vowing their loyalty to the city of Philadelphia and its citizens. They heard remarks from Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, PAL Commanding Officer Lt. Bill Eddis, PAL Executive Director Ted Qualli, Lockheed Martin Vice President, Strategy and Business Development Gerry Fasano, Hon. Mayor Nutter and PAL Mayor Alexis from Harrowgate PAL. All speakers encouraged participants to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime experience and share their ideas to make Philadelphia a better place.
Following the ceremony, PAL members went to work with the City Officials. The twenty unique and exciting experiences included visiting the juvenile detention center, meeting other prominent Philadelphians and even joining in a conference call with the White House.
PAL thanks Lockheed Martin for their continued support of positive programming like PAL Day at City Hall, participating City Officials for mentoring Philadelphia’s future leaders, and the Office of the City Representative for coordinating the very successful event.