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Boston Police Athletic League Paves Road for Boston’s Youth,Donates 13 Vans to the City and $150,000 for Youth Programs Inaugural Ride To Big Apple Circus Who: Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole, Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) board members, 200 low-income Boston youth and performers from the Big Apple Circus What: Mayor Menino and Police Commissioner O’Toole will be on-hand to welcome a group of Boston’s youth traveling in a new set of wheels to a special performance of the Big Apple Circus. The kids will arrive in eleven (of thirteen) new vans recently donated by PAL. Mayor Menino and Commissioner O’Toole will extend their gratitude to the members of PAL for their generous contribution and their ongoing dedication to making a difference in our community. Each Boston Police District Station will receive a van that will be used to better serve Boston’s youth and senior citizens. The donated vans provide the opportunity for community service officers to more effectively meet the recreational, social, cultural and educational needs of young people in our community. PAL will also present Mayor Menino with a contribution of $150,000 to benefit youth programs around the city. Where: City Hall Plaza (beside the Big Apple Circus Tent) When: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:00 pm – Van arrival and brief speaking program Info: The Police Athletic League is a strong, local organization with the resources and credibility to bring focus and attention to the youth development field and to connect young people in low-income neighborhoods with responsible adults in school and during their out-of-school time. The overall goal of PAL's programming is to involve youth in meaningful activities that will counter some of the negative forces in their lives and give them greater opportunities for future success. PAL strengthens the relationship between police officers and youth in the neighborhoods of Boston by providing opportunities for them to participate together in recreational, cultural, social, and educational activities.