PAL Highlights 2016/17 School Year

PAL initiative to connect PAL and Sworn Police staff to more youth. After conducting an extensive audit, found to have increased youth enrollment 167%.

Hired 25 of the Hartford’s own young women and men to work alongside Officers and Coordinators (Many through OPP – Our Piece of the Pie) to work with the children of PAL

Partnered with Hartford’s Proud Drum, Drill, and Dance Corp.

Hartford Police Explorers service 30-45 Explorers who attend weekly meetings and emphasize building positive relationships, character, and leadership skills

Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa became PAL’s 1st professional boxer debuting at Foxwood’s Resort and Casino. Current Record 2-0.

Homework hour in the afterschool program is going strong with tutoring, quiet reading, and typing programs. Multiple PAL members have been named Student of the Month at their respective schools.

Fit 50 kids for Hockey at the XL Center. Received new bags and equipment. Skated with UConn Hockey and the Hartford Wolfpack. Received 100’s of game tickets and promotional items from the Wolfpack.

Continued building our Cricket program and looking to expand in 2017.

Community Halloween party featuring games and prizes from Dave & Busters. Also best costume prizes that included two bikes and a drone.

Engineered a food drive to feed 300 Hartford Families for Thanksgiving (Full Thanksgiving Meals) with the help of Billy Grant (Grants/Bricco) and Sonny Chen (Black Bamboo) along with our kids, officers, board members and Hartford Guardians.

Hartford Wildcats football won another State Championship and competed in Orlando Florida for the AYF National Championship.

Donated 100’s of toys to PAL families at our Holiday party that included Santa, and a Sleigh Ride down Trumbull Street.

Donated to Joey Batts (Former Hartford Teacher of the Year and Hip Hop Artist) and his Hip Hop for the Homeless Cause to feed and clothe families in need across Hartford and the Greater Hartford Area.

Had a Breakfast Buffet that fed 150 at Trumbull Kitchen provided by the Max Restaurant Group, driven by Executive Chef Chris Torla and GM David Mascolo.

Started Play by the Rules, a program to educate our young people to learn about laws and their rights within the law.

Visited the Hartford Public Library to start the process of getting all the kids in our program library cards.

Professional Baseball Player Jack Sundberg of the Washington Nationals visited and did a Powerpoint Presentation on Following Your Dreams, and followed that up with another visit to play a huge wiffleball game with our program.

Partnered with Active City and Hoop Wave and the City of Hartford Parks and Rec., to provide multiple basketball teamsand league opportunity to PAL members.

Marched in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Over 100 participants withstood freezing cold temperatures.

Marched alongside Mothers United Against Violence to the Capitol building.

✓ Spring Vibrations 2017. Collaboration with Everyday Democracy and the Charter Oak Cultural Center to present Rap Poetry, and Guitar. The 10 week program will culminate with a Gala Event. The kids will keep 10 guitars, and during the 3rd meeting we had visitors from Russia who are world renowned dancers.

1st annual PAL Basketball Clinic, open to the first 25 participants, registration was full.

Officer Raimundi reached out to a number of community leaders, support staff, community outreach members to facilitate support in the wake of Keon Huff’s death as many of our kids and staff knew Keon personally.