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Jalen is 17 years old and lives in Overbrook. He is in 12th grade. This year, Jalen is taking classes at the Community College of Philadelphia to get twenty four college credits. Jalen found out about PAL through friends and has been attending for six years. Jalen comes twice a week, when he is not working at his part time job. His favorite part about PAL is being able to come into an open gym and play basketball, which keeps him off the streets. “PAL is somewhere I’ve been able to work on my game. It’s reliable and it keeps young kids off the street and out of trouble,” says Jalen. Jalen plans to attend University of Maryland and to study business. His interest in business was piqued after doing internships and mentorships.

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