October 30, 2012
Ames Lake Opportunity Neighborhood is truly an inspiring organization. PAL (The St. Paul Police Department Police Activities League) has partnered and worked with the youth, and staff members from Ames Lake for about two years now and Ames Lake Opportunity Neighborhood has shown nothing but commitment, dedication, and compassion for the youth and residents who reside there. The youth programs offered to the at-risk youth living in this development has had an enormous impact on the children's lives. I have personally seen the transformation in kids who enroll in the programs, never coming to program before, from a delinquent, rough around the edges child, to developing into a mature, responsible, caring and empathetic young adult. Ames Lake knows how to touch these youth with the core values it takes to encourage them to becoming successful, productive members of society. Without Ames Lake Opportunity Neighborhood, a lot of these youth members would get lost to the street life of violence, gangs and crime.
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