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JF&CS Pal Program

Carly Sirlin understands the impact a positive mentor can have on the development of a child. She also knows not all children are lucky enough to have an adult in their lives with whom they can form that unique kind of relationship. As the new PAL program coordinator at JF&CS, her goal is to match children who need someone to trust and look up to – someone who can have a positive influence on their life – with the right adult.


A program in JF&CS’ Child & Adolescent Services – Tools for Families division, PAL, also known as Atlanta’s only Jewish big brother/big sister program, provides one-on-one mentoring relationships to children between the ages of 5 and 17 who live in single-parent homes or diverse families who could benefit from this type of nurturing relationship. But PAL is not simply a Jewish mentoring program. More than just a role model, a PAL is a caring Jewish adult volunteer who can help your child grow and develop in new ways. And right now, JF&CS is looking for more PALs – big and little.


PAL currently has 18 matches and about 500 “alumni”, which includes younger PALs who have “graduated” from the program (those who have turned 18) and past volunteers.  For more information about finding a PAL for your child, if you or someone you know might be interested in volunteering as a big PAL or if you would like to donate to or sponsor an event for PAL, please contact Carly at or 770.677.9390. Adults must be at least 21 years old and must commit to a minimum of one year, with two visits each month and contact by phone at least once each week.

Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782