Field & Facility
I applied for Detroit PAL to give back to the youth of Detroit and also gain more knowledge which would ultimately be a stepping stone to me being successful in the near future. Throughout my weeks of training I’ve learned etiquette and how pitch myself in a business environment which helped me with public speaking. I feel like The Workforce Development Program Dream Team was a success. Different people from different backgrounds and different career goals coming together as one to tackle any task given to us. My Ultimate career goal is to be a Team Athletic Trainer/ Physical Therapist. Working for PAL there are many opportunities to meet with professional teams (Lions, Tigers, etc.) which could ultimately help me get internships and later on a job.
I applied for the experience the networking and so I can learn what goings into running a non-profit. What I’ve learned from our weeks of training was how to break out of my shell. The work force team is like a family. My ultimate career goal is to have my own nonprofit organization and to help families that also want to own their own business. Pal will help me with all the networking and training opportunities they’ve given me.
I have always had a passion for sports and when I came across Detroit PAL, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Detroit PAL provided training and soon after I felt like I was ready to take on more of an administrative role at the Police Athletic League. My interest lies within soccer and baseball and I’m excited to develop and improve soccer in Detroit’s inner cities, as well as baseball. Soccer has hit an exciting time in Detroit, and I’m hopeful for the future of soccer here in the motor city. My experience with Detroit PAL so far has been beneficial for my future in sports. A career goal that I have would to implement soccer to kids at a young age, so they can grow into the sport!
I applied to Detroit PAL because of the longevity I have with the program and the opportunities that may present itself in the future. I am a PAL alumni and have been involved with the organization since I was 7 years old. Thus far I’ve learned how to conduct myself in different setting of business, casual, and formal settings. The WFD Dream Team is phenomenal; we have all grown to become friends and a close family that can count on each other. I want to become a high school or college athletic director someday. I believe the knowledge that I am gaining from the athletic directors at PAL will help me further with what I’ve already gained from my classes at Grand Valley State University. Currently I coach the Detroit Seahawks of Detroit PAL and Varsity Football at Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology.
I applied to PAL because my characteristics and morals was instilled in me by my high school coaches at Detroit Pershing, so I want to do anything in my power to give back to today’s youth and what better place to do it at Detroit PAL. The work force team is awesome, reliable, hard-working and dedicated to up and beyond to complete any task. We all have great chemistry in the office and outside of it. My ultimate career goal is to become a high school varsity coach, an amazing husband and an even better father. The connections and networking access at PAL is unmatched and any and everyone is open to help in anyway, so reaching out to the people that’s available to me is how I’ll get it done.
Darrell Freeman II
I applied with Detroit Pal because I grew up playing PAL sports and it molded me into the person I am today. During my time here, I’ve learned that working at pal is not as simple as it might seem. The WFD team are great people with different personalities. My career goal is to get into sports management or become an Athletic director. The background with sports will help me with getting into an Ad position.
I applied to Detroit Pal because I am an alumni of the organization. Individuals who worked for Pal when I played are still around, therefore I knew that they were doing something right. One of the most important and fun things I learned from training had everything to do with the Fine Dinning training. Although Pal is not an organization for food dining the training provided me with skills that I can use when I’m on my actual career, or even before then. I’m waiting for that day I have my interview at a restaurant so I can ace it! The WFD team is AWESOME! People from all walks of life came together to create a team that has and will continue to prosper very far, together as one or out on our own. I honestly have so many ideas in my head as to where I would like to go career wise, it’s hard to pick just one being so young. As of now my goal is to complete my masters and find a career that connects communications, media arts, and some sort of law enforcement. Through WFD, I have become a volleyball coach of girls all ages, which I love. Another exciting announcement is that beginning in August 2018 I will be attending Eastern Michigan Graduate School for Communications and Media Arts.
Field & Facility
I wanted to apply to pal because this is something I’ve been doing since I was 13 and to finally get the opportunity to fully get involved, I couldn’t let the chance go by. I learned a lot of necessary skills that I need to succeed in a business atmosphere and also what it takes to run a stadium the right way with the help of my team. I would describe the team as a group of people from different backgrounds and with all different career goals that works hard to learn what it is that they will need to achieve those goals and also help the next man so that no one falls behind in making their dreams come true. My ultimate career goal is to someday own a music/film production company and work force is a step into that journey of running that business one day. This experience will help me achieve my goals through helping me learn to network and also giving me the proper tools it will take to keep the good relationships in the future.
Communications & Media
I wanted to apply at Detroit Pal because being a former Pal student athlete, and a previous intern, I felt like it was only right for me to return to the place that feels like home to me. The multiple weeks of training taught me how to further develop my customer service skills. Having already worked in customer service and retail gave me the necessary experience needed to work in this position. The Workforce Development Dream Team can only be described as exactly what it is, the Dream Team. We get the multiple tasks done that are asked of us, and we get to bring our skills to the table as well. My ultimate career goal is to become a news and sports television reporter for a local Detroit news station. I just finished an internship at WDIV Local 4 News this past December during my last semester at Wayne State University. My experience at Pal will be able to furthermore help me reach my career goal because I am consistently working on bettering myself as a Multimedia Journalist. Currently, I am applying for various reporter positions at news stations across the country. I hope to have a job working in the industry soon, but in the meantime I am happy to be a part of Pal.
Communications & Media
I wanted to apply at Detroit PAL because growing up I was involved in PAL, I played baseball for numerous years in PAL and really enjoyed my experience. I always wanted to be a part in giving back to the community and Detroit PAL was a great opportunity for me to do so. During my weeks of training I have learned how to enhance my customer service skills and also learning new ways how to effectively communicate with other people. My ultimate career goal is to become a sports play by play broadcaster and a host and be a mentor to the youth in inner cities. PAL will help me reach my career goal by allowing me to enhance my skills in the area of communications and build up my confidence as well. I will be in Alaska this summer for two months for a job. I’ll be leaving towards the end of May and I will be back the first week in August. What I’ll be doing there is I will be a sports play by play broadcaster for a summer college baseball team. I will broadcast their games and I’ll also be the sports information person as well. I am excited for this opportunity.
I grew up playing sports in Detroit. And I wanted to affect change in working for PAL through sports in Detroit. What I mostly learned from training was the minutiae of professional development and daily self-managing practices that can enhance improvement long-term. PAL has been a great base for learning about sports management and office etiquette. My ultimate career goal is to be working within the soccer realm, whether it be coaching, administratively, or marketing of some sort. During my time here at PAL, I am learning the ins and outs of using sports and extra-curricular activities to help neighborhoods and provide safe spaces for youth to experience childhood.
James Payne IV
Field & Facility
PAL’s main goal is building characters in kids and I wanted to be a part of shaping the youth lives. My friend Deondray Jennings, told me about the program and how great it was at first. Also I learned more about PAL myself when a friend of mine, Kenneth Williamson, told me he had become a football coach. During my weeks of training I learned about fine dining, etiquette, and how the corporate world is different from the non-corporate. The WFD Dream Team is a team of 17 bright young adults who wants to further their experience in certain career fields. My ultimate career goal is to build great relationships with lots of people. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I also want to go deeper into maintenance and work with a professional sport team.
I applied to work for PAL because the values and mission that this organization is founded and built upon is exactly what motivates me and are the very things I’m passionate about. I also knew I could learn a lot to build the skills necessary to become a successful Athletic Director. I would describe the workforce team as creative, fun, opportunistic, and skill-driven. My ultimate career goal is to become an Athletic Director. I want to direct and facilitate youth athletic and leadership programs that will build, teach and push young athletes to their full potential. My time here will help me to build relationships that will help and last for a long time. As I complete my master for sports administration I am able to really understand and apply what I learn in class. Currently I am the Commissioner for the New Annual Girls Changing the Game KikHer Tournament. I also will be helping with Tiny Tigers.
I’ve always admired the culture of Detroit PAL. When I saw the WFDP opportunity, I started conducting in-depth research about the organization and I realized that PAL has contributed so much for the city of Detroit. As a native Detroiter, I wanted to be able to be a part of that contribution as well. I have only worked for restaurants, so it has been fulfilling applying my customer service experience while gaining administrative skills. Before Detroit PAL, I was pretty shy, behind the scenes, and was scared to network, now I can’t stop networking. If I could describe the Dream Team in two words, it’ll be well-rounded. My ultimate career goal is to become a lawyer. Aside from being a lawyer, I would like to be a servant of my community while working in brand management and urban development. My experiences with PAL will help me reach my career goal by providing me with the skills and resources I need to reach the next level. Starting May 2018, I will be participating in the Global Action Through Entrepreneurship Program for William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. I will be paired with students in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia to find entrepreneurial solutions to social challenges in the Middle East and North Africa region.