Government officials 'adopt,' mentor high schoolers for 49th annual PAL Day

Pat Loeb
February 13, 2019 - 3:23 pm
PAL Day participants take the oath of office

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia has a new mayor — just for the day. 

City Hall was taken over by teenagers participating in the Police Athletic League, or PAL, in which public officials mentor about 40 high school students.

PAL students were "adopted" by an assigned senior-level official for the day, where they were able to shadow and learn firsthand from them, followed by a networking luncheon.

"I'm extremely honored to represent the Ford PAL Center and the entire community with this position," said Saanai Legett, who accepted the standing with the Philadelphia Office of the Mayor with great poise, considering she's still in high school. 

She was chosen for the plum assignment out of 39 participants for the 49th annual PAL Day

Others joined the Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Controller, or a department of city government. 

Tiana Valdez was happy to be placed in the finance department.

"From today, I want to (learn) how do I build my own business, because the business world is more like social and networking," she said.

She was able to network with the mayor at a meet-and-greet before the day kicked off.

"I've always had a passion for business and as far as I know, we don't see many women that open up their own business," she said, "so that's something I want to do."

The mayor was suitably impressed.

"Pretty cool," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "You might get there."

Kenney himself was a PAL kid and had a message for the group: "We are here to be resources for you, not just today, but every day going forward."