PALS is a tutoring and mentoring program from DC girls entering grades 3 through 10.
During the summer, PALS helps girls develop and maintain their basic skills in various academic subjects. The 3rd through 8th grade groups attend Math, Science, and English classes that work to bring the girls up to their grade level, refine their current skills, and give them the tools to get ahead academically before they return to school in the fall. High school age girls attend a Math and English SAT prep classes. Some girls are able to get academic credit for attending PALS, other simply want to get ahead in school.
In addition to academics, PALS has an extensive character program. Each day at PALS, the girls attend a character class designed to challenge them to think about their actions and behavior. Often the class is focus on a specific virtue such as order, time management, friendship, modesty, or fortitude. Additionally, each week participants meet with a mentor one on one to set goals and discuss ways to improve their character.
Finally, PALS is also fun! PALS provides a variety of extra curricular activities every day such as sport, dance, drama, art, and music. At the end of the summer the girls perform in a show for the PALS community and parents. Furthermore, each week PALS goes on field trips to different locations in the DC area. In the past PALS has gone to the pool, paddle boating in the Tidal Basin, to different Smithsonian Museums, and to the Kennedy Center. PALS also hosts a number of speakers throughout the summer to talk to the girls about interesting subjects. In the past PALS has hosted fashion consultants, members of the Washington National Opera, Mystics player Marrissa Coleman, and NPR’s Juan Williams.