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Past PALs Series: A Look Back With PAL Scholarship Recipient John Darroyo
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By: John Darroyo I was very active with Wissinoming PAL since I grew up only two blocks from the center. It was my everyday spot for after school programs, competitive sports, field trips, and more. Thanks to PAL, I was able to meet great people, including Officer Chuck and the volunteers at the center. I […]

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PAL MVP Readers Celebrate with 76ers
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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 minutes per day during out-of-school time. More than 100 kids from seven […]

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Past PALs Series: Rizzo PAL’s Kevin Hutt – PAL Mayor in 1988
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By: Kevin Hutt One of the things PAL does best is provide some respite to those who need it (knowingly or unknowingly).  Perhaps a troubled PAL kid makes a visit to a center to “hang out,” or maybe they play a PAL sport, or simply may be the recipient of a kind word from one […]

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Zumba Dancy Party to Benefit PAL
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Join Raymour & Flanigan Outlet’s PAL Zumba Dance Party this Saturday, March 12 from 10am – 3pm!

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Cozen PAL Prom Boutique Makes for an Unforgettable Evening
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Last Thursday, hundreds of young ladies from PAL centers around the City were treated to a memorable shopping experience; as the Cozen PAL Prom Boutique was “open for business” for the eighth straight year.  The Cozen PAL Center in Francisville was transformed into a full-service boutique.  Nearly 1,000 dresses lined the gym, shoes and accessories […]

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46th Annual PAL Day at City Hall
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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 […]

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PAL Kids Don’t Count Out Math When Looking for Fun
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Each year, dozens of PAL “Mathletes” count on PAL’s 24 Math Challenge, sponsored by Stradley Ronon, for indoor fun.  The 24 Math Challenge, a favorite game of girls and boys who frequent their PAL centers, offers an opportunity for school-aged children to use mental math in a fun and challenging competition.  The Challenge allows kids to […]

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PAL Positive Attitude Ladies Pageant Registration
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Last year, University of Pennsylvania Police Officer Cassandra Parks-Devaughn, one of the Center Directors at Cobbs Creek PAL, instituted the PAL Positive Attitude Ladies Pageant to engage young ladies, ages 13-18, from across the City of Philadelphia. The pageant highlighted young ladies with positive attitudes who actively participated in PAL’s youth development programming. Through PAL’s partnership […]

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PAL and Sixers Celebrate 30th Annual PAL Night at the 76ers
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From Dr. J and Charles Barkley, to Allen Iverson and Eric Snow, to Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, PAL’s partnership with the 76ers has certainly seen the likes of giants. PAL and the Sixers celebrated a milestone anniversary last night. PAL Night at the Sixers – the 30th annual – rocked The Center as the […]

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Past PALs Series: PhillyVoice Sports Writer/Producer Matthew Mullin
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By: Matthew Mullin Not a lot of people know about my storied career in law enforcement. Long before I decided to enter the glamorous, high-paying field of journalism, I was — if only for a brief time — Police Commissioner of Philadelphia. It was a meteoric rise unlike anything the city had seen before and my […]

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