Manhattan Youngsters Enjoy Police Athletic League’s Annual Junior Police Jamboree

William J in mnahtattanOn Thursday, June 9, 2016, kids from Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers from Harlem to Houston joined over 150 children, ages 8 to 12, from PAL Centers across the five boroughs at the NYPD Candidate Assessment Center for the 8th Annual Junior Police Jamboree. The young “recruits” from 20 PAL Centers throughout New York City displayed projects highlighting leadership qualities and community service during a fair, while members of NYPD demonstrated officer training activities.  Following the presentations, the young members were sworn in with the Junior Police Pledge.

…the program fosters positive relations between youth and police officers, while teaching young people a sense of leadership and a responsibility to give back to their communities.

PAL’s Junior Police Club is a leadership development program, whose members work toward the completion of civic projects during PAL’s After School Program.  Through partnership with the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, Youth Services Section, the program fosters positive relations between youth and police officers, while teaching young people a sense of leadership and a responsibility to give back to their communities.

PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

Photo credit Children from PAL’s William J. Duncan Center in Manhattan take the Junior Police Pledge.

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