Police Athletic League NYC
website: www.palnyc.org

Police Athletic League image The Police Athletic League of New York City (PAL) is New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization. In its 95th year of service, PAL is continuing its evolution and remains a vibrant and vital NYC institution.

Since 1914 PAL has been serving New York City’s youth with safe, structured programming designed to engage boys and girls in positive activities that improve their quality of life, presenting developmental opportunities, and offering the prospect of a brighter future.

What started out as the closing of streets by the New York City Police Department to enable the city’s unsupervised youth to play, became a city-wide Cops & Kids movement, and later, a national model that brought communities and police together in ways that prevail to this day.

We operate head start/day care programs; after-school, evening teen, summer day camp, youth employment, truancy prevention, juvenile justice and re-entry programs; city-wide sports, play streets and part-time centers; food services, and adventure learning programs for pre-school kids, children and adolescents ages 3 to 19.

Forty PAL centers located throughout the five boroughs, particularly in some of the city’s most challenging neighborhoods, are a home away from home for young people in need of safe, supportive environments. PAL Centers are oases in their communities and stand as proof of PAL’s long-term commitment to helping New York City’s children.

In partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the District Attorney of New York (DANY), the Police Athletic League continues to be New York City's most recognized and far reaching youth agency. While PAL is a private, non-profit corporation, its civilian workforce facilitates more positive interactions between police officers, kids and their families than any other youth agency in the country. With law enforcement and youth development professionals working together to help kids, PAL reaches across neighborhood, educational, cultural and socio-economic lines to form lasting and transformational relationships.