Deb Gordon spotlighted The Police Athletic League (PAL) Summer Playstreets with Frederick Watts, Executive Director of PAL, one of New York’s oldest youth service organizations.
During Summer Playstreets, PAL goes into multiple neighborhoods in the city bringing supervised summer fun for kids, including a variety of recreational and educational activities.
“We have 41 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs,” said Watts. “What we try to do is go to particular neighborhoods where there is a bit of a need – where the kids seem to not have the access to some of the resources that maybe some of the other neighborhoods do…we bring in both staff and the resources to try to make it fun for the kids.”
In addition to Summer Playstreets, PAL offers underserved kids an opportunity to attend summer day camps, where they participate in cultural activities and field trips all over the city.
“We start on July 5th, and we go for seven weeks,” said Watts. “We are ready and eager to serve the kids in the summer – it’s a great time for us.”
During the school year, PAL provides indoor safe havens for kids and offers a variety of after-school activities, PAL FIT athletic programs, and other mentoring programs. PAL also offers the community head start programs.
All of PAL’s programs and services are free and the organization relies on funding to sustain them. For more information, to donate, volunteer, and to also see a listing of Summer Playstreets locations, visit www.palnyc.org.
–Deb Gordon/Fresh 102.7