The 46th annual PAL Day at City Hall sponsored by Lockheed Martin kicked off this morning at 10 am. Dozens of Philadelphia Police officers, PAL representatives, and Philadelphia City Officials were on hand as 25 PAL teens were “sworn-in” during a ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room.
Philadelphia City Representative and PAL Board Member, Sheila Hess, who organized the event, reminded students to make the most of this opportunity. “Get involved, and you’ll get results,” Hess exclaimed.
Mayor Kenney, who is enjoying his first PAL Day at City Hall as Mayor, discussed the importance of PAL and how it ties into the core values of his administration. “PAL programs reinforce the guiding principles of our administration: service; integrity; respect; accountability; collaboration; communication; and results,” said Kenney. “The presence of a PAL Center in the community builds a community of collaboration with PAL students and engages PAL student families; improves communication and fosters respect between neighborhood residents and district police officers,” Kenney continued.
PAL teens will spend the day learning the inner-workings of City Government, attending meetings, and networking with their mentors. The annual shadowing day, appropriately themed “Following the Path of Leadership,” provides an opportunity for Philadelphia’s future leaders to be mentored by Philadelphia’s top elected and appointed officials.
For photos from this morning’s ceremony, visit PAL’s Flickr page.