FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Police Activities League of Massena Awarded $1,500,000
Massena- The Police Activities League of Massena confirms through office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik that it has been awarded $1,500,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to complete a five year “Partnerships for Success” project funded under the Strategic Prevention Framework funding opportunity.
The Partnerships for Success Project is set to collaborate with the Massena Central School District, Massena Drug Free Coalition and the Seaway Valley Prevention center to achieve a set of strategic goals to identify at-risk youth in grades 4-12 and offer out of school interactive learning activities to prepare them to make healthy choices and resist peer influence. Collaborating with community partners, Massena PAL will train its staff and local school personnel using Evidence based programming to increase its efforts towards substance abuse prevention.
Massena PAL has established a set of clear and strategic goals which will be accomplished over the course of the next five years. 1.) to reduce alcohol, marijuana and cannabis product and e-cigarette use among Massena youth, by addressing behaviors that may lead to the initiation of us. 2.) to increase the capacity of community-level and school personnel to reduce youth high-risk behaviors that may contribute to the onset and progression of substance use and, 3.) to increase the capacity of the organization, school district and community partners to reduce high risk behaviors of youth that may contribute to the initiation and progression of substance abuse.
“This is a great opportunity for not only our organization and PAL Youth, but for the Massena community as a whole. This project allows us to expand the reach of our program to additional youth, during a time when it’s needed the most, in the midst of the Covid-19 Epidemic.” Said Executive Director, Zachary Monroe. Tim Lashomb, Massena PAL President, Board of Directors adds, “Our staff is focused on improving the lives of our PAL Youth, and when they do that, we make Massena a better place to live. This grant fits perfectly into that mission and we are anxious to expand our programming to address these serious issues.”
For more information about the Police Activities League of Massena please visit our website at www.massenapal.com or call the club at 315-705-6075
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. Email or call Executive Director Zachary Monroe at 315-705-6075.
We teamed up with the New York Power Authority and Nicandri Nature Center to bring a 2 day STEM Camp to our PAL Members in grades 3-6, hosted at the Nicandri Nature Center August 13th & 14th.
Thanks to NYPA and the Club members who participated!
Thursday, July 11th, we planted a red maple tree (Tim’s favorite tree) on the front lawn of the clubhouse dedicated to Tim Currier. Tim has served as President of the board since 2012. He’s played a vital role in getting our organization off the ground from the very beginning, because of his outstanding leadership and dedication on the board of directors. Tim has also been a major part of the strategic growth of where our organization is at today. To also recognize Tim’s leadership and dedication we’ve also established an annual award in his name titled the Tim Currier Leadership Excellence Award, which will be given at our annual awards ceremony to one deserving club kid who exemplifies similar characteristics. This dedication is in recognition of the end of Tim’s term as President of the board of directors. While we’re very pleased Tim will still remain active and focused on the board of directors, we’re also confident in and looking forward to new leadership under Tim Lashomb as the new Board President. Thank you again Tim for everything you’ve done during your time as President of the Boys & Girls Club Of Massena, but will also continue to do in the future: for our club, our kids and our Massena!
We’d like to thank SeaComm for donating $5,000 as the corporate Sponsor for the 2nd year in a row for the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament! We’re incredibly grateful for all the support they’ve shown to our club over the years!