PAL is a safe haven for over 1,200 youth that are in enrolled in programs at the PAL Youth Center and Fitness Gym. There are over 250 youth that attend PAL on a daily basis.
What the PAL Kids are Saying
"PAL has opened so many doors for me. It has also helped me with my confidence and self-esteem."
"I love all the programs and the people. We are united and we help each other."
"I go to PAL because it has opened up so many opportunities for me and they have always been like my second family."
"If it wasn't for PAL, I would have joined a Santa Monica gang with my cousins."
"PAL has helped me to give back to my community – that's why I became a PAL volunteer. It has also helped me with self-esteem, confidence, and with my shyness to be a well rounded person. When I come to do community service or to visit PAL staff they always make me feel like I am part of the PAL family."
"If it wasn't for PAL, I wouldn't be doing so well in school."
"PAL opened my eyes to the possibilities of self achievement by demonstrating dedication and perseverance in one's work. It taught me the importance of participating in one's community. Simply, PAL was a home away from home."
"PAL is the starting place of success in young adults. PAL helped me and others from turning to gang life, violence, and streets. Without the mentoring, friendships, and guidance, I would not be where I am today- a Mt. St. Mary's College honors student graduating 2010 in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology."