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PAL® Volunteers Needed for Capital Area Food Bank

PAL® will be volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank multiple times in the coming months and are looking for people willing and able to pitch in a few hours on a Saturday to help out.

Please email Daina or Samantha to sign up.

Saturday, 1/11/14
Sorting donations at the Capital Area Food Bank warehouse in South Austin
1 pm- 4 pm
*Open to HS PAL®s ONLY

Saturday, 2/1/14
Food distribution at Mobile Food Panty in Cedar Creek, TX
8:30 am- 11:30 am
Open to MS and HS PAL®s

Saturday, 3/29/14
Sorting donations at the Capital Area Food Bank warehouse in South Austin
1 pm- 4 pm
*Open to HS PAL®s ONLY


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Calling all presenters!

PAL® is gearing up for its middle school conference, scheduled for November 2, 2013 at Dittmar Recreation Center here in Austin. The team is looking for workshop presenters for both teacher and student audiences.

Some suggested topics include:
Adult or Student Track:
    •    Community Service Projects
    •    New ideas for cross-age mentoring
    •    Team-building activities
    •    Peer helping ideas for home campus
    •    New training activities (tied to curricular areas)
    •    Ice Breakers/ Energizers
    •    Peer helper’s role in crisis management
    •    Communication with diverse populations (different cultures, age differences, special needs, business situations, etc.)
    •    Topics of concern (eating disorders, suicide prevention, conflict resolution, dealing with grief, dealing with fear, codependence, issues surrounding alcohol/drugs/tobacco, media literacy, diversity, bullying, violence prevention, HIV, etc.)

Student ONLY Track:
    •    Setting the example/ modeling behavior
    •    Setting and achieving goals
    •    Facilitation skills
    •    Bullying
    •    Stress management
    •    Building personal skills
    •    Male Issues
    •    Female Issues

Adult ONLY Track:
    •    Collaborating and partnering with school and community
    •    Evaluating your program
    •    Gaining support from administration
    •    Building your program to meet national standards
    •    Grading strategies
    •    Fundraising & PR
    •    Stress Management
    •    Working with Different Generations or Populations

Click here for a presenter application and more information. Thanks for your interest!


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A Closer Look at PAL® Peer Assistance & Leadership

PAL® Peer Assistance & Leadership has been reaching our schools and children since the 1980s.

PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership is an award-winning, Nationally Recognized Evidence-based Prevention Program owned and operated by WAP.  The mission of the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program is to empower  young people to use their potential to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities through a foundation of peer-helping and service learning.

The PAL® curriculum has been used as a tool to prevent substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and youth violence. Through its dozens of statewide youth and teacher trainings, middle school and high school conferences, PAL® students learn to adapt the power of peer pressure to influence others positively and, ultimately, they make a difference in the lives of others.  PAL® recognizes an innate capacity for social understanding, personal well-being, and community participation within every student. Not only does PAL® address a variety of key youth issues, being a PAL® is also fun and transformational!

Donating to WAP would help sponsor a child or adult who would benefit from attending a PAL® training or conference.  A donation could also help a child or teacher lighten the burden of accessing training materials, like handbooks and manuals.  Please, visit Amplify Austin between March 4th at 7:00pm and 5th at 7:00pm and donate to Workers Assistance Program.


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2012 PAL® Middle School Conference

The 2012 PAL® Middle School Conference, themed “Ring the Alarm: Awaken the Leader Within,” is almost here! Middle school students will convene Nov. 3 at Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park to share stories of leadership, friendship, and a stronger sense of self.

The conference will include interactive leadership activities, educational workshops, and team building activities. Registration is open and can be found in the events section of the PAL® website.