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During the past several years, the youth participation has dramatically increased. As stated earlier, PAL serves over 1500 children each year. PAL provides activities such as youth football, cheer-leading, baseball, basketball, track & field, wrestling and the Driven 1 fitness program. Additionally, PAL offers an after-school program, where 60 children attend and receive tutorial assistance from law enforcement officers, teachers and college interns from area colleges and universities.
In addition to the after-school program, Lakeland PAL staff and volunteers mentor to hundreds of children each year in the above referenced recreational components. These services are provided to children who may not be able to participate in other organized recreational activities due to transportation issues or economic reasons. 

The PAL bus is utilized by our staff to pick up children from area schools and bring them to the new PAL Complex for the after-school program so  mentoring and educational assistance can be provided.  We currently  provide a healthy snack and full meal to our 60 participants enrolled.

Both vehicles used in our after school programs and athletics activities have been added to the Fleet Management Replacement Service and Replacement and making it possible to have them replaced when they (vehicles) become too old or have very high mileage.

Below Picture of Mr. Tim Abram being presented by the City of Lakeland Leaders. Receiving an award for his 10 years of service as Lakeland PAL Executive Director.  Within Tim's 10 years of services Tim Abram has successfully achieved and implemented :

  • PAL moved into its first stand-alone facility with offices, computer lab, kitchen, multi-purpose room, for meetings, PAL events and services and outdoor basketball court.
  • PAL moving to Parks & Recreation which will provide more training, increase resources, increase staff, and facility usage.    
  • Lakeland PAL Annual fundraiser dinner where he had over 500 guest and raised $25,000 from this event.
  • PAL was awarded $23,902.00 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Fund in support of salaries for its four (4) program interns.
  • PAL newsletter to show case our PAL programs, advertise upcoming events, registrations etc.
  • PAL received a $25,000.00 from the George Jenkins fund of the Give Well  Foundation to run our YLP Summer Camp which traveled to over 15 colleges and universities within the State of Florida and out of state to South & North Carolina.
  • PAL has 60 youth enrolled in our after-school program where we offer homework assistance, computer labs, a healthy snack and transportation from local elementary and middle schools.
  • PAL had over 75 kids enrolled in the year around mentoring program where we keep teens off the street and provide services every Wednesday & two Saturdays out of the month.
  • PAL Youth Leadership Program attended SFAPAL Youth Leadership Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort where they had motivational speakers, breakout sessions and 3-day park hoppers to all Disney Parks.
  • PAL hosted a National PAL Mentoring Day Event at Tiger Town field with over 1000 families & youth in attendance   
  • PAL purchased a new mascot to do crime prevention workshops at elementary schools
  • PAL did crime prevention workshops encouraging kids to stay off the street at 5 elementary & middle schools.


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