About Us

Strengthening the relationship between kids, cops, and the community.

“Beaverton PAL helps prevent youth crime in the greater Washington County area during peak juvenile crime hours, by providing affordable, structured, and safe youth programs in conjunction with public safety personnel, caring community volunteers, and a professional staff.”

Partnership

PAL is a partnership between youth, law enforcement, and the broader community intent upon providing role models and building positive relationships using athletics and recreational & educational programming designed to encourage youth to become engaged citizens, invested in themselves and their community. It is based on the conviction that young people – if they are reached early enough – will develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers.  PAL brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of a law enforcement agency.  It expands public awareness about the role of a police officer.  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 larger community.

Haven

The Beaverton Police Activities League is a safe haven, a second family to hundreds of youth. It is a juvenile crime prevention program that serves youth ages 8-18 during the critical time when school is out, but parents and guardians aren’t yet home from work. 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, which is especially concerning since there are less than 190 school days per year. 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 in-service days and school breaks, including summer.

Programs

Boxing Team, Girls Empowerment Group, Running Club, Computer Clubhouse Lego Robotics, and Homework Club these are just a few of the programs that PAL offers.  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.

Community

Most importantly, PAL is a place where youth from all different backgrounds come together and feel comfortable with who they are. The members have a safe place to grow, socialize, and interact with positive role models. PAL team members and youth 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 facing a variety of socioeconomic challenges and special needs. 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.