Bronx teenagers, ages 14 to 19, can sign up now for the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Teen Impact Centers in the Bronx. Through local partnerships with schools, faith-based institutions and community centers, PAL provides Bronx young people a safe haven to interact with their peers in sports and recreation programs, participate in team-building activities, attend Crime Prevention Workshops and showcase their creative skills in arts workshops. During the week, youth can be found playing basketball, taking part in team-building games and socializing with their friends. In addition, young people participate in monthly rap sessions on crime and drug prevention, conflict resolution, bullying prevention and gang awareness during the Teen Impact Centers’ evening hours.

Currently, there are 11 PAL Teen Impact Centers throughout New York City making a difference in the lives of over 3,000 teenagers. The New York City Police Department and the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force work closely with participants, fostering positive relationships between youth and the law enforcement community, in addition to encouraging young people to become active members of their neighborhoods. PAL staff and volunteers also act as adult mentors offering a positive support system that encourages teens to reach their potential, succeed in academics and stay out of trouble.

PAL’s Teen Impact Centers have open registration through May and are free for Bronx teens. Hours and days vary by location. For more information or to sign up, please visit PAL’s Teen Impact Center in your area or call (212) 477-9450 ext. 389.

St. Ann’s Church

295 St. Ann’s Avenue

Bronx, NY 10454

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bronx River Houses

605 East 174th Street

Bronx, NY 10472

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

IS 229

275 Harlem River Park Bridge

Bronx, NY 10453

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

M.S. 390

1930 Andrews Avenue

Bronx, NY 10453

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first, largest and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for 97 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 56,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization, and the best friend a kid can have.  For more information, please


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  1. I used to be apart of the PAL when I was youngerand it was amazing. I played so much baseball that I turned into a maniac. Unfortunately I had not followed through, but it was a great experience.

    It kept me off the streets and into something great. I suggest everyone get their kids to enroll, or participate in such activities.


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