Greater King County Police Activities League Programs
The White Center PAL Boxing Club is dedicated to teaching the area’s youth life achievement skills through the art of boxing. The purpose is to provide a safe venue where the values of discipline, responsibility, and honor are upheld. Whether they want to learn to box, or just keep in shape, kids participate in a rigorous training program designed to develop commitment and a strong work ethic while keeping them active, and equipping them with the skills necessary to be successful both in the ring and in their life outside the gym.
Laws and Paws (LAP) is a six-week, officer run dog training program at Chinook Middle School in SeaTac. The program aims to teach young people confidence, self-esteem, compassion, respect, and empathy through the training of dogs. In return, the dogs they train become more adoptable. Two days of the week are dedicated to training and the third day for classroom presentations from professionals in various animal professions. The program has helped students become more confident and improve their attendance in order to be part of the program.
The Shoreline Mexican Dance Group, the newest officer run PAL program, will teach youth the technique of traditional Mexican folk dancing, or baile folklórico. It currently consists of 15-20 Latina and Latino youth who attend Shorewood High School. Once established, the youth plan to give back to their community by performing at various King County community events such as the Shoreline Parade and Seafair. In addition to dancing, the youth will attend etiquette classes to teach them the knowledge and skills associated with social etiquette, table manners, conversation techniques, consideration and courtesy for others, and personal style to inspire self-confidence.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
One recent success is the creation of our newest officer-run program, a Mexican Dance Group at Shorewood High School in Shoreline. Started by Shoreline Police Department Community Service Officer, Dahlia Corona, this program teaches youth the technique of Mexican folk dance. With the Latino/a population being less than 3 percent at Shorewood, there was little cultural exploration or understanding for this group of students. This program gives youth the opportunity learn a new skill and build self-confidence through etiquette classes, while exploring and sharing their culture.
We are working diligently to develop community funding to get the program off the ground and sustainable. We have been actively identifying and developing supporters and continue to reach out to community partners.
One of our current needs is funding for all of our programs.
We are nearing the end of a three year "earmark" grant that provided funding for a three year in-school pilot mentoring program. Due to the loss of this important funding source, and lack of community funds to support it, we will be forced to discontinue the pilot program. Anticipating this loss of funds, the new PAL staff has worked hard over the last two years to generate community funding and support to keep our other programs going by changing our business model. We are currently working to make each of our remaining programs self-funded by focusing on local, community-based donations. We are also partnering with public and private entities to ensure long-term success. We are in need of donors who would be interested in making both cash and program-specific in-kind donations to help us sustain our remaining programs.