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Nashua PAL

Nashua PAL's mission: to create a positive attitude between the children of Nashua and the members of the Police Department through PAL sponsored sports, enrichment, recreation, leadership, and educational activities. We are not funded by the police, but work in collaboration with Nashua Police to support our mission of connecting kids with police through positive interactions. Youth get to know a police officer, work with him/her in the community, and quickly learn the positive impact they can make when working together.

Nashua PAL served over 2,000 youth in Greater Nashua. We have Nashua's only USA sanctioned Boxing Gym; a PAL Cross Country team in every Nashua Elementary School; and multiple championship wins for the PAL Force Football and Spirit teams. We recently added an Adaptive Spirit team for those with developmental and physical delays. 

The Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven continues to be a beacon for those living in a crime ridden area of Nashua. We are here because of stories like this... 

In 2011, a Nashua PAL staff member saw two young girls walking alone in a neighborhood known for drugs and violence. April, 7 years old, said she was taking her 5-year-old sister for a walk because no one was home. Soon after, April joined the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven where she has blossomed into a responsible, outgoing, 12-year-old young woman.

April plays mother for her multiple siblings at home. However, each day at PAL provides April with a focused hour to complete homework with mentoring. After homework and a snack, we keep her engaged and learning with classes: like nutritious cooking, hip hop dance, art, and more. April takes on leadership roles in activities like PAL Bingo. April is safe and engaged, and knows that we care about helping her reach her goals.

Unfortunately, April’s story is not uncommon for the youth we serve. The Youth Safe Haven is located in an area known as the “Tree Streets” of Nashua, where 20% of our city's felony assaults and opioid overdoses occur within a half mile of the center.

We see between 300 to 400 youth in a year in our NO COST after school and summer program. Membership reports show that 96% of our members live below the median income level of Nashua. Youth between ages 7-18 earn their place at the PAL Youth Safe Haven by making positive choices at the center and in the community. They are rewarded with educational classes, entertainment, and field trips that broaden their horizons.

Nashua PAL works in collaboration with the Nashua Police Department, but is not funded by them. We are funded through the generous donations of community members and organizations like yourself.

We believe every kid deserves a chance - Every Kid Deserves A PAL!

To see our most recent activity, follow us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/nashuapal - and find Nashua PAL on Twitter and/or Instagram.

Please visit our website at www.nashuapal.com or call us at 603.594.3733.

Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2016

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