Thank you for allowing us to provide positive programs, professional staff and an outstanding place for boys & girls at our Club this school year and for more than 300 kids over the last five years!
Our organization has been undergoing some exciting changes that will allow us to better serve the kids of our community.
We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Police Athletic / Activities League, or PAL for short. The mission, vision and values of the programming that will be made available to our community through this new affiliation will offer even greater opportunities to the kids we serve and the community as a whole.
It’s important for you to know that very little will change. It’ll be the same caring professionals, same hours of operation, same membership structure and rates. Much of the programming will stay the same, supplemented by additional, improved content and a new partnership with the Massena Police Department.
We do also want to explain why we are not continuing to pursue a formal charter with the Boys & Girls Club of America. After six years and a tremendous amount of effort and local support, we were advised the Boys & Girls Club of America has changed how they choose to charter new clubs. They now require becoming an affiliate of an existing club. Unfortunately, our attempts to secure such an affiliation under the Boys & Girls Clubs in Akwesasne or Ogdensburg were unsuccessful.
So, on to bigger and better opportunities!
- What will change? The answer is: not much! In place of BGCM, you’ll see our fresh, new name: Police Activities League of Massena, Inc. (Massena PAL)
- You’ll see our new name and brand at our Clubhouse and online.
- New Resources, Programs, Training and Tools for the staff working with your kids
- Additional partnerships and programs with our local PD, building positive relationships
Our directors and community are incredibly proud of what this program has been able to accomplish and the impact it has had on Massena youth since our origination in 2013. We look forward to continuing to work hard every day, under a new organization to grow and improve our program to better serve our kids.
We welcome your questions and will gladly share details on the great work we continue to do.