1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
March 14, 2005 00:00
The Police Activities League (PAL) Youth Center located at 424 N.E. 172nd is bustling with activity as the hub for Safe Haven Spring Break activities in Multnomah County. In Oregon, other PALs participating in Spring Break activities including Tigard PAL, Sherwood PAL, Troutdale PAL, and Molalla PAL. “Despite grant funds still not being released to us yet from Washington DC for the National PAL Youth Enrichment Program, we are working together to offer a wide variety of programs during Spring Break for youth both at the Center and in the community,” said PAL Youth Center Program Director Mike Jezewski. “We provide a safe environment for youth to gain new skills and have fun.” Partners include the Portland Police Bureau, El Programma Hispano, Portland Parks and Recreation, Rockwood Weed & Seed, City of Gresham, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and the Portland Trail Blazers.
PAL youth gain leadership skills, participate in recreational activities and make a difference in the community. Portland/Gresham (OR) PAL Spring Break
-Monday, March 21st, Hip Hop Dance Class, Movie Marathon, Martial Arts Clinic, a field trip to the Pittock Mansion, and Rockwood Idol with Jammin 95.5;
-Tuesday, March 22nd, Pitch Hit & Run Competition, Soccer Clinic, and a Martial Arts Clinic;
-Wednesday, March 23rd, Bilingual Bingo from 3-5:00 p.m., Table Tennis Tournament & more;
-Thursday, March 24th, Community Service Project from 10:30am-1:00 p.m., Portland Parks & Recreation field trip swimming, Dodgeball Tournament and Blazer Game field trip;
-Friday, March 25th, Fear Factor Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at 11:30 a.m. local police officers will play PAL kids in an annual basketball game in the PAL Youth Center gym (424 NE 172nd) followed by a community picnic at 1:00 p.m.
Molalla (OR) PAL Spring Break Highlights:
Molalla PAL will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a Silent Auction & Chili Feed on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at the Molalla Church of the Nazarene (920 Shirley East) which donated space for the event. Tickets are $10 for individuals, and family passes are available. For Spring Break, the special programs will be offered all week and youth from Molalla will also participate in field trips with youth from Gresham and Portland. Contact Beth Faulhaber or Nick Itami at 503-759-3300.
Portland PAL Youth Center school year hours are Monday-Friday, 2:30-7:00 p.m., with extended time during school holidays. Spring Break (March 21-25) hours are 10:00 am-5:00 pm, with some earlier starting times for field trips. Youth membership fees are $50 for the year or $25 for families that qualify for school reduced lunch. There is a one-time cost of $5 for Spring Break only. See the web page at www.palkids.org.
PAL recruits for volunteers year-round, and is looking for college student interns for Spring and Summer Term to be based in all Oregon locations and Vancouver, Washington. Call 503-823-0250 for an internship or volunteer packet, or download one from www.palkids.org .
Sgt. Pete Simpson
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