On Monday, January 7, Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Seth Diamond joined the Police Athletic League (PAL) to cut the ribbon on the new Teen Impact Center at the Life Family Shelter in Manhattan.
Located within the directly-operated facility, the center aims to engage teens between the ages of 14 and 19, offering them a range of activities that include sports, games and educational opportunities. The program will operate three days a week, for several hours each day, inviting both shelter residents and teens from the community to participate free of charge.
DHS’ Division of Facility Maintenance & Development (FMD) transformed the old auditorium into a gymnasium and recreation space. The work was completed within seven weeks, even despite a two-week delay resulting from super storm Sandy.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for DHS, the Life Family Shelter, and the surrounding Lower East Side community to really come together and positively influence the lives of many children,” said Commissioner Diamond, who tossed the inaugural tip-off at the center’s first basketball game. “We are also thrilled to partner with PAL, as it continues its own venerable traditions of reaching out to the City’s youth.”
Founded in 1914, PAL remains the City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization. Through its wide array of daytime, after-school and evening activities, it has served City youngsters with safe, structured programming designed to enhance quality of life, present developmental opportunities and encourage the prospect of a brighter future.
To learn more about PAL, please visit its Web site at http://www.palnyc.org/800-PAL-4KIDS/Home.aspx.
View coverage of the ribbon cutting from NY1 News here: http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/175106/new-teen-center-opens-in-the-lower-east-side.