PAL Centers Wrap-up Boys and Girls Mentoring Programs
As the school year comes to a close, many Philadelphia PAL centers reward year-long participation in Boys to Men and Positive Images Girls Mentoring programs. Weekly sessions since October have served as a time for participants to learn about interesting topics, express their creativity, bond with their peers and mentors, and have fun.
This year’s Boys to Men Program highlights included a trip to Sky Zone indoor trampoline park for 25 dedicated young men from Harrowgate PAL. They learned about personal responsibility, nutrition, and minor construction skills with “Build and Grow” kits from Lowe’s Aramingo. Several PAL centers teamed up for a teens vs. adults basketball game on April 28th. Boys to Men Mentoring Program participants took on PAL staff, volunteers, and police officers from the local 19th and 22nd Police Districts. Former Philadelphia public league legend, La Salle Explorer, and 14-year NBA veteran Doug Overton shared an inspirational message during halftime of the game, stressing the importance of building positive relationships through sports. He encouraged the young men to practice discipline, persistency, and the ability to continue working on something, like shooting a basketball or practicing algebra, even when it is challenging.
Positive Images Girls Mentoring groups celebrated the culmination of another successful year in several fun and entertaining ways. Rizzo PAL hosted a dance recital while Paley PAL enjoyed a BBQ and water ice party. Various center from around the city celebrated in other ways, too! Positive Images sessions throughout the year focused on respectful relationships and making healthy choices with activities like yoga, preparing nutritious snacks, craft projects, and community service events.
PAL thanks Anne and Andrew Abel for their continued support of PAL mentoring programs and helping to shape futures of so many children and teens in Philadelphia.