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"We are PAL"

During the past several years, the youth participation has dramatically increased. As stated earlier, PAL serves over 1500 children each year. PAL provides activities such as youth football, cheerleading, baseball, basketball, fishing, archery, step/dance, track & field, and YDC Teen Mentoring. Additionally, PAL offers an after-school program, where around 40 children attend and receive tutoring assistance with homework from our Program Coordinators and the on-site Police Officer.
In addition to the after-school program, Lakeland PAL staff and volunteers mentor to hundreds of children each year in the above referenced recreational components. These services are provided to children who may not be able to participate in other organized recreational activities due to transportation issues or economic reasons. 

The PAL bus and van is utilized by our staff to pick up children from area schools and bring them to the new PAL Complex for the after-school program so that mentoring and educational assistance can be provided.  We currently provide a healthy snack and full meal to our 40 participants enrolled.

Both vehicles used in our after school programs and athletics activities have been added to the Fleet Management Replacement Service and Replacement and making it possible to have them replaced when they (vehicles) become too old or have very high mileage.

Below are notable recent achievements for Lakeland PAL:

  • PAL moved into its first stand-alone facility with offices, computer lab, kitchen, multi-purpose room, for meetings, PAL events and services and outdoor basketball court.
  • PAL transitioned to City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation which will provide more training, increase resources, increase staff, and facility usage.    
  • Lakeland PAL began an Annual fundraiser dinner where he have over 500 guest and raise $25,000 from the event.
  • PAL was awarded $23,902.00 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Fund in support of salaries for its four (4) program interns.
  • PAL created a newsletter to show case our PAL programs, advertise upcoming events, registrations etc.
  • PAL was awarded $25,000.00 from the George Jenkins fund of the Give Well  Foundation to run our YLP Summer Camp which travels to over 15 colleges and universities within the State of Florida and out of state to North/South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama.
  • PAL has around 40 youth enrolled in our after-school program where we offer homework assistance, computer labs, a healthy snack, dinner, and transportation from local elementary and middle schools.
  • PAL had over 75 kids enrolled in the year around mentoring program where we keep teens off the street and teach life skills and college readiness every Wednesday night.
  • PAL Youth Leadership Program attended SFAPAL Youth Leadership Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort where they had motivational speakers, breakout sessions and 3-day park hoppers to all Disney Parks.
  • PAL began hosting a National PAL Mentoring Day Event at Tiger Town field with over 1000 families & youth in attendance.  


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