Mission: See schedule o. - to provide a safe and fun environment for children during recreational and athletic activities - foster positive interactions between police officers and youth - help keep children out of trouble and focused on becoming good citizens
Programs: Since its inception the police athletic league has provided opportunities for children in the community to participate in positive, wholesome sports, recreational, and extracurricular activities - providing thousand of children between the ages of 5 and 21 with an alternative to life on the streets. Pal hopes to divert children from negative influences and enhance a child's individual self-esteem, discipline, and actualization. Pal coach's help provide good role models for the children to interact with as they develop into adulthood. Cleveland pal sponsors many sport activities throughout the year including: football, boxing, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, and others. The vast majority of pal kids come from minority and low income families. Over 3,000 children partipated in these activities in for the year ended may 31, 2014.
This is a wonderful organization. It provides many opportunities to youths that they may not normally have on a regular basis. It also builds relationships between adults in important positions and the youths that they serve. Being a role model to kids is an important concept of building character. This organization also teaches youths how to interact with other youths. Being taken out of your normal setting can be uncomfortable for some, and P.A.L. contributes to the growing of young men and women.
I have been involved with Cleveland Pal for 5 years. I became aware of the program through the Cleveland Police Explorer Program. My daughter joined the Explorer Program at the age of 14 and has been active until her enlistment at the United States Marine Corp. This program has helped show her anything is possible as long as you put in the effort. Through the training, she has learned how to handle law enforcement situations and experience paramilitary commands.
I as a mother and an advisor am truly grateful for the positive influence this program has had on my daughter's life.