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Posted Friday, September 9, 2016 in Education, Other

The Albany Police Athletic League (PAL), is a juvenile crime prevention program that brings kids and cops together in non-law enforcement settings. PAL accomplishes its goals by providing numerous educational, recreational, and athletic programs to more than 4,000 Albany youth each year. PAL seeks to provide a safe haven for the youth of Albany in their after school hours.

PAL kids are offered mentoring and understanding through the help of Albany Police Officers, PAL Staff, Community Volunteers, and Interns. PAL is dedicated to providing kids, especially the most under-served, with the support and skills they will need to journey towards a brighter future.

Mentoring: PAL's Mentoring Program creates a space where youth (grades K-7) and community members can build a caring relationship that provides friendship and support.

The goal is simple: To help young people discover their strengths, build their self-esteem, and achieve their potential. Mentoring guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them and takes an interest in their day-to-day life. Studies have shown that youth who are mentored are: 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs 27% less likely to begin using alcohol 52% less likely to skip school More confident in their performance at school Better able to get along with their families.

Mentoring Sessions take place every Wednesdays 6:30-8 pm, Thursdays 5:30-7 pm and Saturday 11 am-12:30 pm. Mentors may choose to volunteer for all, two or one time slot.

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