2010-04-02 / Sports

Mobile PAL Teen Centers Offered For Rockaway Youth

Three evenings a week, Queens teen agers get together at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Mobile Teen Centers to play basketball, take dance lessons, access computers and socialize with friends in a supervised environment.

PAL Mobile Teen Centers have open registration through April and are free for teens. They will interact with their peers during sports and recreation programs, participate in team-building activities, attend Crime Prevention Workshops and showcase their creative skills in arts workshops. PAL Mobile Teen Centers function as a safe place for youth to learn, have fun and experience a sense of camaraderie.

For more information and to sign up, please visit the PAL’s Mobile Teen Center either at the Redfern Houses, located at 1544 Hassock Street or at the Ocean Bay Houses, which is at 5710 Beach Channel Drive.

“The goal of PAL’s Mobile Teen Centers is to give teens a place to build relationships with their peers and caring adults. These centers help keep young people off the street and help prevent crime and juvenile delinquency by keeping them actively engaged in a wide range of programming,” said PAL’s executive director, Felix A. Urrutia Jr.

New York City Police Department volunteers and the National Guard work closely with participants by teaching crime prevention workshops. PAL staff and volunteers act as adult mentors offering a positive support system that encourages teens to reach their potential, succeed in academics and stay out of trouble.

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