The group was joined PAL Executive Director Frederick J. Watts and Dept. of Youth and Community Development Commissioner (DYCD) Bill Chong to light up the Empire State Building in New York City to celebrate the nationwide Lights on Afterschool initiative, a project of the Afterschool Alliance. Lights On Afterschool showcases afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. More than 1 million people across the United States celebrated the afterschool programs that support children, families, and communities including the Police Athletic League in New York City.
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 20,000 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: (Left to right) PAL Executive Director Frederick J. Watts; Children from PAL Polo Grounds Cornerstone Center in Manhattan: Back Row: PAL Children: Kayleb Webster, Scarlet Santos, Zion Brundidge; Front Row: PAL Children: Briana-Nicole Cheathem, Alanah Alcantara; Dept. of Youth and Community Development Commissioner (DYCD) Bill Chong. BY Afterschool Alliance