Each of us was influenced by someone – other than our parents – who introduced us to new worlds and brought a little magic into our lives. PAL is a program of the Child & Adolescent Services at Jewish Family & Career Services. It helps to support the family unit by offering one-on-one mentor relationships for children who could use some extra time with a trusted adult. PAL provides activities that are fun, diverse and low-cost or free, which allows an opportunity to try and learn new things. A PAL volunteer — a Big PAL — becomes a mentor for your child, an experience that will forever change each of you.
National studies have shown that mentoring programs can help enrich the lives of children and strengthen their families. These benefits include improving grades, feeling greater success and accomplishment, engaging in safer behavior and forming stronger relationships. Participation in PAL enhances the lives of children, families and volunteers.
A PAL Makes a World of Difference!
If you truly want to see a program that has made a significant difference in a little boy’s life look no further than this program. What has emerged from his relationship with his Big PAL is a child who is more confident, more self-assured, and more enthusiastic about his life. — Debra Tenenbaum, Parent of Little PAL