2014-03-07 / Community

Rock Kids At PAL Empowerment Day


PAL Goldie Maple Academy’s Suhaylah, presenting her spoken word art “I Lead So, I AM...” PAL Goldie Maple Academy’s Suhaylah, presenting her spoken word art “I Lead So, I AM...” On Friday, February 21st, youngsters from Queens, including kids from Rockaway, enjoyed a day of learning, fun and hip hop at PAL’s Youth Empowerment Service Day. Boys and girls, ages 10-16, gathered at PAL’s I.S. 218 Beacon Center in Brooklyn to participate in interactive and thought-provoking workshops with a hip hop theme. The event will educate and encourage PAL youth to get involved in their local communities through volunteer service.

Workshops included: I Lead Through Art, an opportunity to learn about hip hop’s role in society through mixed medium art projects, and Hip Hop Education, exploring the roots of hip hop music and culture from the 1970s to present day. Youngsters also participated in a rap/spoken word contest, scavenger hunt and DJ battle.

New York City’s Police Athletic League was the first civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 40,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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