1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
January 09, 2009 00:00
PAL is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring together youth, police, and the community through recreational, athletic, educational, and enrichment activities designed to encourage and develop good citizenship and improve the quality of life in the community. By providing out-of-school time activities for youth ages 8 through high school, PAL serves as a community safe haven where youth can exercise their mind and body.
The Portland/Gresham PAL Youth Center, located at 424 NE 172nd, is open to youth Monday through Friday from 2:30pm-7pm during the school year and will have camp activities from 10:30am-5:30pm Monday-Thursday of Spring Break (March 23-26) and 10:30am-3:30pm on Friday of Spring Break (March 27). Winter PAL activities and classes include Homework Club, gym activities, arts & crafts, yoga, Kidzlit, Geography 101, Youth Leadership Program, Girls Group, Boys Group, Comedy Kids, supper program, field trips and more. For more information, contact PAL Youth Center Program Director Mike Jezewski, 503-256-3479.
“The staff at the Youth Center work really hard to provide unique, active, and engaging opportunities for our youth,” said Jezewski, “it is important that all kids have access to safe after school activities and PAL is a great example of this.” The Beaverton PAL program, located at 12500 S.W. Allen Blvd, is open from 2:30-7pm, and will also offer a Spring Break camp, March 23-27, from 8am-6pm. Drop-in activities include movies, pool tournaments, ping pong, foosball, art, and video games. The Intel Computer Clubhouse is fully operational with exciting projects now including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, web page design and flash video game creation. For more information, contact Jocelyn Taylor at 503-469-9137.
Molalla PAL, located at 209 Kennel in Molalla, is open daily after school and provides homework assistance, recreation, arts and crafts, board games, and community service projects. Molalla PAL will also offer Spring Break activities, March 23-27, 10:00am-5:00pm. For more information, contact Nick Itami, 503-759-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The yearly membership fee for all PAL Centers is $50, or $25 for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch, and is valid until June 12, 2009. For more information on youth memberships, registering for Winter classes, or volunteering with PAL, please call 503-823-0250 or go to our website at www.palkids.org or blog at www.palevents.com. College internships are also still available for Winter, Spring and Summer terms at all locations.
Sgt. Pete Simpson