Pre­vent­ing crime and violence among youth

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What does the West Palm B e a c h Po l i c e At h l e t i c League (PAL) do?

T h e We s t P a l m B e a c h Po­lice Ath­letic League is a non­profi­fit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the self­con­fi­dence, social, phys­i­cal, and emo­tional needs of chil­dren through sport ac­tiv­i­ties. With the goal to fi­fill play­grounds — not pris­ons – PAL pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal youth to suc­ceed through ath­let­ics, ed­u­ca­tion, life skills and men­tor­ing. Us­ing these tools, ju­ve­nile crime and violence can be re­duced in West Palm Beach. PAL serves over 400 kids, and many of these chil­dren use the PAL Cen­ter as their sec­ond home. How d o e s your agency bene­fi­fit the com­mu­nity?

West Palm Beach PA L g i v e s lo­cal youth op­por­tu­ni­ties to i mp r o v e t h e i r p h y s i c a l well­ness and ath­letic i sm through or­ga­nized sports/ fi­fit­ness pro­grams, to im­prove their social and lead­er­ship skills through af­ter-school and ext racur­ric­u­lar pro - grams, and to in­crease their pride in their com­mu­nity with ways for them to give back and ex­press them­selves safely. PAL also fos­ters benefic ial re­la­tion­ships with law en­force­ment, so that youth de­velop re­spect and un­der­stand­ing for the role of po­lice of­fif­fi­cers. With the PAL Cen­ter, youth have a safe en­vi­ron­ment, close to The Po­lice Ath­letic League of West Palm Beach strives to pre­vent ju­ve­nile crime and violence by pro­vid­ing civic, ath­letic, recre­ational and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to the youth of West Palm Beach. home, where they can form friend­ships, learn skills and achieve goals. What i s your a ge nc y ’s fo­cus for the fu­ture?

T h e We s t P a l m B e a c h Po­lice Ath­letic League i s al­ways seeking new ways to en­gage its youth with their cit y. PAL offfffffffff­fers a com­pre­hen­sive wrestling pro­gram that trains chil­dren in the sport, al­lows them to com­pete in matches and ul­ti­mately show­case their skills in a re­gional tour­na­ment. Other pop­u­lar pro grams that are be­ing de­signed for growth are the foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and cheer teams, where youth de­velop ath­letic abil­i­ties and com­pete in or­ga­nized events. For older youth, PAL offfffffffff­fers #PALTeenClub with dance par­ties, fash­ion and beaut y clubs and movies on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings.

Dur­ing the sum­mer, PAL has a spe­cial pro­gram that in­cor­po­rates ex­pe­ri­en­tial trips into the youth’s ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. Lead­er­ship wants to en­sure that youth have a well-rounded, trav­eled ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the sum­mer, so it offfffffffff­fers out­ings such as boat rides, nature park vis­its and day trips. How can the com­mu­nity help?

To fund the pro­grams, equip­ment, event reg­is­tra­tions and trans­porta­tion, in ad­di­tion to food and sup­plies, PAL is con­stantly hold­ing com­mu­nit y fundrais­ers and wel­comes spon­sors and do­na­tions. The com­mu­nit y c an help by sup - port­ing PAL’s an­nual golf tour­na­ment in Palm Beach, Ball­room Blitz dance fundraiser at the Kravis Cen­ter and new Clay Shoot in Palm City. Spon­sors are needed for ev­ery event. Also, PAL en­cour­ages res­i­dents to vol­un­teer, work­ing with the youth on wrestling, foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and cheer, as well as with af­ter-school needs, such as tu­tor­ing and home­work as­sis­tance.

CON­TRIBUTED PHO­TOS

The West Palm Beach Po­lice Ath­letic League wrestling team for 2018. The agency offf­fers a com­pre­hen­sive wrestling pro­gram that teaches and trains chil­dren in the sport for the chance to com­pete in matches, and ul­ti­mately show­cases their skills in a...

Brit­tany Perdigon, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Po­lice Ath­letic League

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