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How to Start a Meeting

We receive requests from people across the country looking for PAL meetings in their area. PAL has trained hundreds of volunteer facilitator parents. These are parents who willingly give of their time to help others. Some are full-time and have assumed the duties of their own group, while others are available to fill-in when needed. We are grateful for each and every one of these caring and giving souls. If you have an interest in becoming a PAL facilitator, please read the information below.

  • 1. What’s most important in starting a new meeting, is your level of desire. A shared goal between two or more people working together, works best.

    2. For more information about starting a PAL Meeting in your area, Contact PAL at: We provide training and support for all of our facilitators!

    3. To see how a typical meeting is run, look at our PAL Meeting Format.

    4. A volunteer facilitator is not a teacher. Teachers need to have complete knowledge of their subject. A facilitator is more of a time-keeper, guide, and fellow student, learning the curriculum along with the other group members.

    5. Meetings are usually 1.5 hours long and most held on weekday evenings.

    6. We can help you find a church or suitable location for your meeting (just as a church might provide for other outside groups such as AA or Al-Anon).

    7. Once we have secured a location, you have your training, and all the resources we provide, then the information about your group can be shared with the public. We will provide brochures, flyers and information on our website sharing the meeting time and location.