Starting in September 2014, Lancaster started its first Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). The Mix at Arbor Place, 520 North St, Lancaster, PA (Arbor Place) partnered with City of Lancaster to connect cops and kids in a positive environment. PAL programs are a mainstay across the United States, where police officers conduct youth development activities with neighborhood kids. The Mix at Arbor Place is a state-of-the-art youth development center located in Southeast Lancaster City, dedicated to meeting the academic, recreational, social, and spiritual needs of our youth. Through the doors of Arbor Place, some of our city’s most at risk youth can find a safe environment, adult mentoring, homework help, recreational programs, bible studies and a hot meal.
PAL has proven itself to be an effective method for connecting law enforcement officers and community members in a positive manner. Police officers mentor local youth through programs such as basketball, archery, music, dance, and outdoor recreation. “It’s our pleasure to usher in this new nationally recognized program” says Arbor Place’s Executive Director Luis Torres, “there are countless success stories of PAL in other urban communities and we look forward to fostering the same success here in Lancaster.” Lancaster City Mayor Rick Gray agrees, “This partnership builds on the already strong after-school programs provided by Arbor Place. We hope that this PAL program is just the first of many in neighborhoods across the City.”
PAL Officer Josiah King: “We have the opportunity to change our youth’s future. As law enforcement officers we are excited to develop positive relationships with kids through athletics and activities.” Fall programs will include archery, basketball, flag football, outdoor recreation and much more. The Lancaster PAL is made possible through the support of the Gunterberg Foundation, Steinman Foundation, Clark Family Foundation, and Rick & Jessica Rodgers.
For more information please contact Off. Josiah King at firstname.lastname@example.org