Two Germantown area high school students, Malik Williams and Kelly Lyles, recently attended the Police Athletic League Day at Philadelphia City Hall last week where they met Mayor Michael Nutter and participated in networking and career development events.
The PAL participants spent part of the afternoon learning the inner workings of government with the guidance of assigned officials, including those from City departments/offices, the judicial system and City Council.
Lyles is a senior at Central High School, and he has been a member of the St. Benedict PAL for 10 years.
Over that time Lyles has participated in citywide chess, Boys to Men Mentoring, Homework Club, Computer Club, PAL Challenge trivia competition, 24 Math Challenge, ping pong, tennis, golf, baseball, flag football, soccer, basketball and special field trips. He coaches sports leagues and is a scorekeeper for PAL’s citywide tournaments.
Lyles’ extra-curricular activities are managing Central High’s basketball team.
Lyles plans to study sports management at a four-year university. He believes the biggest issue facing Philadelphia is teen violence. He thinks most of the violence is a result of drug use and turf wars. He said he would encourage parents to teach their children discipline and inspire young adults to steer clear of drugs.
Williams is a senior at Freire Charter High School, and he has been a member of the Paley PAL for 11 years.
Over that time he has participated in basketball, baseball, Homework Club and Computer Club.
Williams is also involved with the track and physical fitness programs. After struggling with his weight for many years, he started a Workout Club for other youngsters.
Williams plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing. He believes the biggest challenge confronting Philadelphia is bullying. He thinks it is the underlying cause to the high dropout rate and juvenile crime.