Preventing crime and violence among youth
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.
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