PAL is a partnership between youth, law enforcement and the broader community intent upon providing role models and building positive relationships using athletics, recreational and educational programs designed to encourage youth as they become engaged citizens, invested in themselves and their community. It is based on the conviction that young people – if they are reached early enough – can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. The PAL program brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of a law enforcement agency and expands public awareness about the role of a police officer and the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents. Studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ball field, gym or classroom, the youth will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce. Such respect is beneficial to the youth, the police officer, the neighborhood and the business community.
The Beaverton Police Activities League is a safe haven, a second family to over 400 youth per year. It is a juvenile crime prevention program that serves youth ages 8-18 during peak juvenile crime hours. According to the US Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Statistical Briefing Book (2008) on Juveniles as Offenders, 63% of all violent crimes by juveniles occur on school days. This is especially concerning due to the fact that there are less than 190 school days per year. Furthermore 19% of juvenile violent crimes occur in the 4 hour period between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Beaverton PAL is open 2:30-6:30pm Monday – Friday and 8:30-5:30pm on school inservicedays and school breaks, including summer.
Boxing Team, Girls Empowerment Group, Running Club, Dance Club, Youth Leadership Group, Intel Computer Clubhouse, Homework Club, Kidzlit … these are just a few of the programs that PAL offers for at risk kids. Whether building confidence through teamwork or teaching life skills to help kids better deal with peer pressure, PAL provides more than just these programs alone – they provide attention. Learn more about PAL Programs.
Most importantly, PAL is a place where youth from all different backgrounds can come together and feel comfortable with who they are. The members have a safe place to grow, socialize, and interact with positive role models. Both PAL staff and members are held to a high standard of communication that promotes respect and open mindedness at all times. This is essential as the program serves youth with a variety of special needs including; Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Clinical Depression, ADD, and ADHD. Often times the challenges our members face are external. Some of our youth have a parent who is incarcerated, have been placed in the foster care system, or were referred to PAL by the Beaverton School District Homeless Liaison.
Learn how to become a PAL member.