PAL builds self-esteem, life-skills through mentorship, education and recreation
A child with a positive mentor will carry good citizenship, maturity and the ability to make good decisions with them throughout their lives. The Dallas Police Athletic League (PAL) reinforces the values and attitudes instilled by parents and family members in young people who participate in the program.
PAL is a youth crime prevention program that combines hands-on mentoring with educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. One such avenue for active mentoring is PAL’s Girl Empowerment Program, developed to give girls ages 10 to 17 positive support and encouragement from peers and law enforcement professionals.
Members have the opportunity to voice their views and opinions on topics important to them and their peers. They also learn life skills that promote positive self-esteem and awareness of health, fitness and education.
Additional topics include college preparation guidance, job interview skills, dating violence, etiquette, peer pressure support, effective communications, financial literacy, public speaking and positive decision making. Educational and cultural experiences are gained by visiting museums, performing community service, attending self-esteem workshops and visiting colleges and universities, further reinforcing mentorship that builds responsible, empowered, citizens.
To learn how you can personally contribute to the success of a Dallas child visit www.dpdpal.com or call (214) 671-4608 or (214) 671-3061.