409 Beech St, Manchester, NH 03103
Participants learn how to make various dishes with help from local guest chefs.
FIRST Robotics is a robotics design/competition program started by an inventor from Bedford. Over the past 25 years, it has gone nation wide and now goes from elementary to high school. Kids are mentored by adults and then compete. MPAL is the first program in the country that has police officers as mentors. They are trying to diversify the kids who participate and see them as our future.
MPAL offers boxing, wrestling, judo, aikido, and arm wrestling.
Academic success is a key component to any child's success in life. MPAL offers academic tutoring to any participants who need or want extra help. Tutoring is provided by students from Saint Anselm College who have a long history of volunteering at MPAL. The Michael Briggs Community Center also has a computer lab and homework area for participants to have a safe and structured environment to complete their school work. The Building on Hope renovation project provided dedicated space for MPAL participants to study and receive tutoring.
All participants must show commitment to school though presenting report cards to Officer Levasseur. Students who are under preforming in school are required to go to a study hall/homework room to complete school work before they can participate in the gym.
The MPAL Ambassadors program offers motivated 13-18 year olds the opportunity to develop their life skills while sharing what makes MPAL great with the community. Participants will work on skills such as public speaking, interviewing, resume building, food service, and more while engaging with professionals who can help with finding a job. MPAL Ambassadors will have the chance to practice what they have learned at community events and at MPAL's new fundraising event, the Ambassadors Dinner.
MPAL selects a Kid of the Month and Kid of the Year to recognize those who are setting an example for their peers and their community. Coaches will nominate kids they think deserve this recognition and an outside panel will determine the monthly and annual recipients. One recipient will be chosen each month for the Kid of the Month and one recipient will be chosen each year for the Kid of the Year.
Many times our children miss out on great job opportunities because they are not prepared with the tools that employers are looking for. This program equips and empowers participants with the job skills that are needed in today's society. Program topics include: resume building, interviewing skills and techniques, food service safety, restaurant skills, dressing for success, and a live cafe (restaurant and catering style experiences) to practice the skills they have learned.
All programs are free! See the Schedule for more information.