Clinical Services

The PAL Program

PAL, Atlanta’s only Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program

The PAL Program is Atlanta's only Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program for children ages 5-17, who are being raised in a variety of family situations—often by single parents, grandparents, legal guardians, or they may have siblings with developmental disabilities. Many families can benefit from a positive role model and friend to help their children.

Big and Little Pals get together twice a month to do what Little Pals find fun and interesting – whether that is arts and crafts or throwing a football at the park.

Part-role model, part-friend, Big Pals are there to support kids on life’s most important journey – growing up.

The PAL Program

Who Are Little PALS?

Little PALS are Jewish children between the ages of 5 and 17 who could benefit from a Jewish adult mentor.

Who Are Big Pals?

A Big Pal is a caring, Jewish, adult volunteer who mentors a child to help him/her grow and develop in new ways. The fun, unconditional friendship that develops between a Big PAL and a Little PAL builds confidence, self-esteem and a Jewish identity. You can make a difference and make a friend you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

What You Can Expect

Through the interview process, our staff work to ensure that every match is a good fit for all participants.

PAL program staff match Big and Little Pals based on a thorough screening process that takes into account availability, geography, family dynamics, and shared interests. Big Pals are required to provide personal references and go through a rigorous background and security check. At sign-up, all participants commit to the program for a minimum of one year.

Ongoing Support

The Pal Manager supports matches with regular check-ins, training, and meetings.

Lots of Fun

In addition to Matches getting together at least twice a month for one-on-one time, special events are planned throughout the year for Bigs, Littles and families. Shabbat dinner, Hannukah party, mitzvah day, and free tickets for sporting and cultural events.

Positive Outcomes

National studies have shown that mentoring programs can help enrich the lives of children and strengthen their families. These benefits include improving grades, feeling greater success and accomplishment, engaging in safer behavior and forming stronger relationships. Participation in PAL enhances the lives of children, families and volunteers

The PAL Program Supports Families by Matching Children With Caring Young Professionals

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Contact our PAL Coordinator, Andrea Appel, at or at 770.677.9390 to learn more.

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