On The Beat | July 2020

PAL programs are back in action!  With necessary protocols in place, preparations made, and social distancing enforced, the officers from the Bureau of Community Engagement have launched summer programs. 
We Belong gathered at the ICA for their first in-person gathering.  Likewise, G.R.O.W (Girls Reflecting Our World) and ACT-UP with 5-0 have daily meetings during the week developed to inspire and support inner-city youth through, mentorship, engagement, leadership development and activities.  PAL programs, in partnership with the BCE are Building Trust and Changing Lives.
Youth-Police community engagement is more important than ever and there is no doubt that Boston will continue to be an example for communities across the country.

Youth Boxing at Peter Welch’s Gym

Peter Welch’s Southie gym lit up the PAL inbox when they offered a 6-week FREE youth camp last month.  Over 50 youth signed up to practice boxing drills and a variety of bodyweight and strength conditioning exercises along with cardiovascular & flexibility related activities which measurably improve their overall physical conditioning and mental focus.  The classes were overbooked and a few unlucky late sign ups were knocked out 🙁 Youth were also invited to a media night at the gym where they were inspired as Professional Boxers prepared for the BIG fight and also had a chance to meet some

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Join PAL and SOMA to Celebrate Inclusive Sports

Join PAL and the Massachusetts Special Olympics (SOMA) on Sunday, April 30th, for the Inclusive Sports Celebration at the Reggie Lewis State Track Athletic Center (1350 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120) from Noon to 4PM.  See Event Flyer Unified Sports is life changing for youth with intellectual disabilities.  It brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team. See more and get involved at  Special Olympics Unified Sports.   Originally founded in Massachusetts, Unified Sports has become an important addition to Special Olympics internationally and has helped further its mission, by improving self-esteem,

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Officer Jamila Gales Achieves High Honors

Girls’ Leap will honor our beloved Officer Gales at their 25th Anniversary Empowerment Gala, held at the State Room on May 18th (Tickets still available at Empowerment Gala Tickets).  Officer Gales, Creator and Chief Engagement Officer of the Girl’s Reflecting Our World [G.R.O.W.] police/youth program, was designed to support teen inner city girls to develop social, emotional and life skills through dialogues, workshops and active learning experiences. GROW focuses on promoting transition, overcoming trauma and bullying, building self-esteem, and developing problem solving skills.  Last year the program added a self-defense workshop to the curriculum facilitated by Girl’s Leap.  This partnership has

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PAL’s Boston Marathon 2023

On April 17th, PAL’s marathon team made it through the rain and completed the 2023 Boston Marathon with vim and vigor!  We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know each of our remarkable runners and are grateful for all of their efforts on behalf of PAL and the youth of Boston. Michelle Ziedonis,  Jenna Patterson, and Officer Stephen Ramunno raised almost $20,000 for PAL Youth Programs and Police Community Engagement.   We would also like to thank everyone who supported their fundraising and a special shout out to the PAL Board of Directors for their generous giving

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Back to Their Future

Thanks to the support of community partners and PAL Board members, Boston youth engagement and experiential learning continues to help our youth get Back to Their Future >>  COVID may have slowed their ascent but local youth have access to a multitude of new educational supports and opportunities to help them prepare for college and careers. PAL will support expanded after school and summer learning in 2023 through partnerships with Boston After School & Beyond, BCYF, and the Corey C. Griffin Foundation as well as program grants from American Tower and Stag Corp the Frederick A. Bailey and Lingzi Foundations,

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The Colonel Joins the T.E.A.M.

Colonel Mason of the Massachusetts State Police joined in on the fun this week at our Team Unity Basketball League. The Tobin Community Center was rockin’ with great energy and strong competition on the court, including s few nail-biting moments.  We are so grateful for our partnership with #MSP and commend the officers for making the extra effort to connect with the youth each week.

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