Aiming to maximize youth development within the city of Detroit, PAL not only provides children the opportunity to play sports, but also offers kids the chance to attend a series of activity based personal development camps throughout the summer seasons.
Week long day-camps based in schools across the city of Detroit have been added to an already outstanding line up of proven tools used by PAL mentors to help stabilize confidence and personal character within adolescents.
From Spain Middle School in Detroit, the week of June 23rd marked the first of four camps that will be taking place this summer. Participants in the Spain Camp were offered five, fun and informative days full of games and educational exposure. “At the end of the week, all the kids were asking if they could just stay for one more week” said Youth Development Officer Marcus Norwood.
Coordinated by PAL’s own youth development officers, Chenetta Pasley and Marcus Norwood supplied substantial amounts of experienced wisdom and guidance for our youth athletes – not to mention a daily lunch, free of charge. As instructors for all of the remaining summer camp sessions, through Detroit PAL both officers continue to spend their time grooming the next generation of the cities’ population.
Based largely on educational seminars consisting of Gang Resistance, Alcohol & Drug Effects and Domestic Violence, officers wanted to reveal the harsh and largely unspoken realities of societies in which Detroit PAL youth are about to enter.
Officer Norwood went on to say, “First we thought that we might scare them with all of the information, some of it is graphic, but it was really special to see them accept it, and see them want to learn more about each individual topic”.
While sports were indeed played during their time at camp, more emphasis was placed upon a variety of training activities for Social Media Etiquette, Life Skills and adequate Nutritional Guidelines. Enjoying partnerships with over 85 schools in the city, PAL’s week one of summer camp was attended by nearly 70 youth members.
Bringing the camp to a close, the last day is scheduled as a talent show. Allowing kids to let loose and demonstrate their own unique hidden talents, the show incorporated both singing and dancing. Detroit PAL’s Summer Camp continues to create an uplifting experience with weekly programming for boys and girls at different schools in the area. This year’s four week cluster of camps is set to conclude activities in August of 2014. If you are interested in sending your child to Detroit PAL’s upcoming summer camps, please call 313-833-1600 between 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.