PALS at FIU
Florida International University | July 14-21 | Fees: $370 (Meals not Included)
FIU Deadline: May 31 (or until spaces are filled)
52/100 spaces filled as of Feb 21. Act Fast.
PALS is open to teens ages 14-19 including those who have either witnessed or experienced bullying at any point in their lives. We welcome participants from around the world, however, keep in mind that the program is delivered in English. Many of our students speak second and third languages such as: Spanish, Creole, French, German, and American Sign Language. To date, PALS has impacted over 500 participants and takes pride in the fact that our students are diverse not only in ethnicity, but also in gender identity/expression, and socioeconomic status.
Florida International University Modesto Maidique Campus | 11200 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33199
ACCOMMODATIONS AT FIU:
Students are housed in Summer Conference Specific Dorms at Lakeview North, so there's no mingling with college students, and are separated by sex as they sleep on different floors. There will be four students per apartment. Students will either be alone in a single room behind a closed door, or they will share a larger room with one other person (camp style). There is one bathroom with a shower, but two sinks. All students must bring their own sheets, towels and toiletries. There is no stovetop but there is a full size refrigerator with cabinets for all four students to share. With prior permission, student can bring a small microwave, toaster oven, or other small appliances as they are not provided. Students must be willing to share those items with their roommates as space is limited and only one of each item will be allowed.
All events are held on campus. There won't be a reason for your student to need transportation anywhere. If there is an emergency and a delegate needs something from the grocery store or pharmacy, or need to purchase something they left behind, a member of the Sr. Staff team will contact their parents if necessary, or drive across the street to the grocery store, pharmacy, or department store to obtain the item. If a student chooses to drive to PALS, we will hold their keys until checkout, and they will be responsible for all parking lot fees.
The student as a whole person is our primary concern. Therefore, in regards to their physical safety, there will be 24-hour adult supervision, security and first-aid personnel (certified CPR) will always be on site. We are also next door to the on-campus Miami-Dade Police Station. Our students emotional and psychological well-being are extremely important as well. We have trained therapists, social workers, and more importantly, we have moms and grandma's.
Adult to student ratio is 1:10 with additional volunteers on site at all times.
Delegates will earn 50 volunteer hours over the course of PALS. If your school requires you to complete a certain number of community service hours in order to earn a graduation credit, please bring your form to PALS to be signed.
A limited number of Scholarships are available for applicants requiring financial assistance. There are many delegates attending PALS for the first time. If you've already been awarded a scholarship in the past, please consider contacting organizations, businesses or even school clubs like Rotary or Key Clubs, who can help provide sponsorship opportunities for you as well. Our goal is to provide students who have the greatest need with scholarships. If you need a scholarship, the 1st step is to complete the application. After you are accepted, contact us via email.