Excerpt from Boston Globe article on December 31, 2019
Emmett Folgert, executive director of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, which works with at-risk youths, was heartened by the steep drop in homicides.
“This is remarkable,” Folgert said, adding that he believes the numbers are the result of officers’ “quick response to shots-fired [calls], increased firearms arrests, and community policing. . . . It’s not just one thing, it’s a few things.”
Thank you to Commissioner Gross, Mayor Walsh and the hundreds of local Heroes, who made this years Shop with a Cop such a wonderful event! This video will get you in the holiday spirit! Shop with a Cop, now in it’s 11th year, is impacting Boston’s future and building relationships and trust. Boston PAL wishes all of you a joyous and safe holiday!
WE BELONG – Receives $90K grant from the New England Patriots Players’ Social Justice Fund!
The New England Patriots players announced this week that Boston PAL’s program – WE BELONG – is the recipient of a $90,000 grant from the Patriots Players’ Social Justice Fund. Individual players on the team donated to the fund, and every dollar was matched by the Kraft Family. “There are many organizations that do amazing work in the area of social justice,” said Patriots team captain Devin McCourty. “The goal of the social justice fund is to work together as a team to help effect change in our community by providing support to these organizations. The more you learn about the work they are doing, the more you want to support their efforts.”
WE BELONG empowers inner-city youth to be leaders of tomorrow through public service education, community service and outreach. This leadership program provides challenging experiences to high school juniors and seniors to develop leadership skills, explore future careers and become productive members of their communities.
We Belong was invited to Gillette this past Summer! Inspiration and Awe!
Women Take the Floor
On Monday, November 11, 2019 Officer Gales and Officer Andre took members of G.R.O.W. (Girls Reflecting Our World) mentorship program to the Museum of Fine arts. After the museum the group had lunch with the Officers where they participated in a youth dialogue sponsored by PAL, where they discussed different artists, art works and things they learned from the experience. The young ladies were also thrilled to have had the opportunity to leave words and drawings of their own on the wall inside the “Women take the floor” exhibit.