P.O. Box 350399
Jacksonville, Florida 32235
(904) 642-1647 fax
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Florida PAL established the Youth Directors Program (YDP) in 1998 after
members expressed a need to provide leadership training and a need to involve
youth in PAL program decisions. Members of Florida PAL felt it was important
that the youth involved in the YDP be properly trained so that they would be
able to improve their lives, and the lives of others in their communities.
In the YDP special emphasis is placed on community service [required by most
high schools for graduation and acceptance into college], making your voice
heard and earning your way in life. By empowering youth to make decisions,
organize projects, and manage their own organization, the State of Florida
Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues (SFAPAL) has tread new ground in youth development. The intent is to no longer make decisions
without the input of youth the PAL is trying to serve. SFAPALís goal is to implement a Youth Directors Program in each
member chapter. All local member chapters are known as Youth Directors Councils.
Qualified representatives were elected on a local level to represent their
member chapter at the annual SFAPAL Youth Directors Conference (YDC).
Florida PAL provides periodic training to each region to help facilitate the
development of the YDCouncil and assists regional directors with community
service projects and regional meetings. The Youth Directors Conference and the local youth directorsí
councils are a dynamic part of ongoing Police Athletic League programs that
aim to encourage and guide our young people. When our youth directors serve
their communities, their good deeds are beneficial not only to the people they help, but also the youth directors themselves. When many hands work
together, much gets accomplished. Thatís what the Police Athletic League
Youth Directors are finding out as they pool their strengths and talents for
their regional projects in their communities. The best part is how the young
people feel knowing that their efforts make a difference. Knowing that spending some time cleaning up a park or reading to a sick child makes this a
better place to live. Isnít it nice to know that some young people have better things to do than hang out on street corners?