Teen Programs 

The drop-in activities offered for Teen Programs continues to be open gym, the game room, and the computer lab. These activities are managed by Teen Programming Field Director, April Okpwae.

The teen program at its most basic is an open gym model. This teen program is PAL’s most popular activity with the young people typically playing full-court or half-court basketball games organized by the Activity Specialists. More structured activities such as basketball drills are introduced during open gym. However, it’s still mostly ball games. Depending on the center, average attendance for the gym ranges from 20 – 50 young people per night.

The game room is the next most popular drop-in activity for young people. There they enjoy a variety of board games, video games, table games, and the occasional movie. It is a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for young people to socialize with their peers.

The computer lab is always available for young people. It is used mostly for PAL Teen’s structured workshops. PAL has added some opportunities that tie directly to Teen Drop-in Centers including teen girls and boys mentoring groups and a Teen Advisory Council. 

Teen Centers operate 3-5 nights per week and typically run 6:30-9:30 pm. Registration is free. For days, hours and activities offered, please contact your local PAL Teen Center.

April Okpwae
Teen Programming Field Director


PAL also manages a full portfolio of teen programs that are more structured and fulfill the specific needs of our teens. These include PAL Teen Acting, College Access Program (CAP), Mentorship and Advocacy  Program (MAPP), and Youth Link

We also offer work/intern opportunities through the Citywide

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and Work, Learn and Grow (WLG).

PAL is constantly looking to expand our teen offering.

To learn more about any of these programs

click on the links above.