The Visalia Police Activities League
Jun 28, 2018 11:00AM ● Published by Emily Miranda
By Emily Miranda
ESTABLISHED IN 1991 as a citywide after school crime prevention program, the Visalia P.A.L. (Police Activities League) became an outreach to local youth. The P.A.L. program built positive relationships between youth and police officers, fostering a bond of mutual trust and appreciation within the community.
Today, the Visalia P.A.L. provides interaction in non-confrontational settings such as educational and recreational programs, offering opportunities for youth to grow under sustained guidance and develop self-esteem while providing a safe environment for them to have fun. P.A.L. membership and the programs it offers are free to youth between the ages of 7 to 17 with an emphasis placed on reaching those who are considered “at-risk”. Such programs include arts & crafts, PS/X-Box Gaming, homework club, and literacy enrichment. There are also sports programs such as basketball, boxing, and indoor/outdoor recreation games, as well as leadership programs that involve community service projects, special events, and outdoor adventures. The objectives of these programs are to give youth a sense of belonging and a place to learn, in addition instilling valuable life skills that can build their self-confidence and develop them into the future leaders of their generation.
Not only does the Visalia P.A.L. benefit local youth, but also the community. Their commitment to bettering youth reaches further, involving parents, community volunteers, and police officers in coming together and building up mutual respect, greater understanding, and meaningful relationships between one another.
For further information, contact 559-732-2233 or stop by at 701 East Race Avenue, Visalia. •