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Pathways’ PALS2PALS Leadership & Mentoring Initiative Fall & Winter Fun

Cover Members of PALS2PALS at the Menlo Park Veterans Home
By Monisha Rey, Clinician @ Pathways

PALS2PALS Leadership & Mentoring Initiative was recently created as a subsection of the P.A.L.S community service club at The Pathways program, at Carteret High School.

This initiative aims to provide high school mentors and their middle school mentees with monthly collaborative activities that build and sustain positive relationships and assist with future planning and preparation. This initiative is focused on building leadership skills, social skills and resiliency through team building activities.

On October 17th, PALS2PALS had their first collaborative activity, better known as a "POW WOW". The students started off with ice breakers and an 'about me' activity that allowed them to get to know each other. Their second activity consisted of an arts and crafts project. The students colored inspirational pictures for the nonprofit organization 'Color A Smile'. "Color A Smile" distributes these inspirational pictures to veterans and the elderly to lift their spirits.

As their first joint community service activity, our PALS2PALS mentors and mentees visited the Menlo Park Veterans Home on November 13th in honor of Veteran's Day. The students assisted the veterans with their daily activities, which included an interactive balloon exercise, bowling and trivia. The veterans were very happy to see the students and share their war stories with them.

On November 21st we decided to incorporate Friendsgiving and a gratitude circle as the focus of our POW WOW. The activity allowed everyone to introduce themselves and state what they were grateful for based on the color of the skittle they had in their hand. One of the goals of PALS2PALS is for the students to feel like a big family. We wanted the students to feel that connection and enjoy a meal together.

Before the students went on Winter break we had our last POW WOW for the year. We had a Holiday Party on December 13th that included gingerbread house decorating, music and presents. The students were able to work together as a team to achieve a common goal and partake in the holiday festivities. The mentees were very excited to be spending time with their mentors. PALS2PALS hopes to continue to maintain these connections while enhancing healthy development.

PALS2PALS at their holiday that included gingerbread house decorating, music and presents.

Visiting the Vets

PALS2PALS mentors and mentees at the Menlo Park Veterans Home


PALS2PALS hold their first collaborative activity known as a "POW WOW".

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