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PAL Summer Openings

April 09, 2009 00:00


CONTACT: Sarah Bennett, PAL, 449 NE Emerson, Portland, OR 97211, 503-823-0250 DATE: April 8, 2009

News Release PAL COMMITS TO KEEPING YOUTH ACTIVE AND SAFE OFFERS LOW-COST SUMMER PROGRAMS AND JOBS FOR YOUTH Registration is now open for the Police Activities League (PAL) of Greater Portland youth summer camps, programs, and centers in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton and Molalla. Registration materials are available at or at any PAL Center. Several forms have been translated into Spanish. “We anticipate with the distressed economy we will have more families than ever wanting to access our low-cost programs,” said PAL President Maura White. “We are doing everything we can to raise enough funds to meet the increased demand.” David Douglas High School, Gresham-Barlow School District Nutrition Services, Beaverton School District Nutrition Services, and Aramark will all help provide breakfast and lunch for youth during most of the summer programs thanks to the Department of Education Summer Food program. Program Highlights include: • Beaverton PAL Day Camps, June 15-Aug 14, 8:30am-5:30pm, youth ages 8 – 18, $50 per week. Theme-based weekly day camps include computer projects, arts & crafts, field trips, sports, and games. Camps are based at the Beaverton PAL Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd., featuring a large recreation room, pool tables, air hockey, foosball tables, IBM Learning Center, Intel Computer Clubhouse, Art Room, Snack Café & Kitchen, and the Nike Fitness & Training Gym. For more information contact Jocelyn Taylor at 503-469-9137. • Greater Portland PAL Sports Camp at David Douglas High School, June 22-26, 8:30am-2:30pm, youth 8 – 14, $50 fee. Youth choose a sport for the week; basketball, golf, archery, baseball, soccer, boxing, racquetball, martial arts, bowling, softball, fishing, cheerleading, tennis, and football. Camps are coached by high school coaches, police officers and community volunteers. For more info call Sarah Bennett at 503-823-0250. • Greater Portland PAL Youth Center, June 29-Aug 21, 12m-5:30pm, youth ages 8 – 18, cost $50. Located at 424 NE 172nd (Portland), the Center drop in program runs Monday through Friday from noon to 5:30pm, for youth ages 8-17, for a one-time summer membership fee of $50. Drop-in activities include sports, educational enrichment, field trips, arts & crafts, computer games, teen programs, billiards, ping pong, and more. Pre-registration is required for classes, projects and field trips. Other on-site camps are available from 8am-Noon for an additional charge of $35 per week. For more information, call Mike Jezewski at 503-256-3479. • Greater Portland PAL Adventure Camps, June 29-August 21 8am-noon, youth 8 – 13, $35/wk. Theme theme-based weekly enrichment camps that include athletic, recreational, and educational activities designed to stimulate learning and growth. Themes include Arts & Crafts, Around the World, Imagine That, Outdoor Adventures, American Adventures, Sports Camp, Zoo Adventures, and Back to Basics. Based at the PAL Youth Center, the morning camps offer structured activities on rotation. Adventure Campers may participate in lunch and drop-in programs until 5:30 pm., for the additional one time annual membership fee of $50. For more information, contact Britt Fredrickson at 503-256-3479. • Molalla PAL Youth Center, June 29-August 21 from 9am-5:30pm for youth ages 8 – 14, $50 fee, located at 209 Kennel Avenue (Molalla). Summer memberships are now available for the Molalla PAL drop in program, and SOAR program located at Molalla Elementary School. Activities include outdoor recreation, educational enrichment classes, field trips, arts & crafts, computer games, and more. Go to, or call Nick Itami at 503-759-3300. • PAL’s National Youth Sports Program, July 6 – 31 Monday through Friday, 8am-2pm, for youth ages 10-16, $50 fee, located at Portland State University (PSU) campus. Held in partnership with PSU since 1993 this sports & enrichment program uses sports instruction and competition to reinforce the importance of education, enhance self-esteem, and promote self respect and active/healthy lifestyles. Basketball, Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Hip Hop Dance, Swimming, Soccer, and Football are held in addition to nutrition education & conflict resolution skills. Contact Damon Miller or Sarah Bennett at 503-823-0250. • PAL Youth Football, August 1 – November 11, youth 8-14, $75 for season. A tackle football program for kids in the Portland & Reynolds School Districts, PAL Youth Football fields more than 20 teams and provides a league with 4th- 8th grade programs. Practices are held on weekdays, and most games are held on Saturdays. Cheerleading is also offered. For more information, or to volunteer as a coach, please call Damon Miller at 503-823-5785. PAL is a private non-profit, youth organization that provides recreational, educational, athletic, and cultural activities for youth. Programs are lead by paid staff, community volunteers and law enforcement officers. PAL's law enforcement partners include the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department, FBI, Troutdale, Beaverton, Molalla, and Fairview Police Departments, Port of Portland Police, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. PAL keeps programs low or no cost, and is supported through donations from individuals, businesses & foundations. For personal assistance or to pick up registration forms drop by the PAL Main Office at 424 NE Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97211 or call 503-823-0250. Discounted rates are available to those who meet free/reduced lunch requirements. For more information or to volunteer with PAL, go to or its blog at ###


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