Imagine being in high school and , for a day, you get to shadow the mayor of Philadelphia. Or maybe a councilman, or police commissioner. What is exactly what happened yesterday, Feb 12 , 2013 as several students got the chance, during PAL Day at City Hall. After a few speeches , it was time to get down to business.
Councilman Curtis Jones wasted no time getting Avi Adams up to speed. leaving towards the end of the program, he affixed a council pin to Adams' Jacket and put it on him. "In this job it's very important we listen to what the public has to say", Jones told him, as the two waited for an elevator.
More than 20 youngsters from the Police Athletic League ( PAL) were chosen to participate in the events. The students chosen were representatives from the 25 PAL centers in the city.
Some of the positions the adult mentors have are dangerous, such as Deputy Police Commissioner or Prison Commissioner, the students would be constricted to office work or maybe riding in a patrol vehicle with the mentor. The student would be removed at the first sign of trouble.
Some very notable names have been members of PAL. Ruben Amaro Jr., Bill Cosby, Joe Frazier, just to name a few. This opportunity can help prepare the students for a career in government service. It shows them what the job is like and if it really is the field they are interested in. The students get to ask hard questions of their mentors and get advice on education to determine the best path of education attain the job.
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