Cocoa PAL To Host Florida Police Athletic League Youth Directors Program Saturday at Cocoa Civic Center
By Space Coast Daily // September 29, 2017
training will be attended by 186 youth and adult supervisors from 15 member chapters
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Police Athletic League will host the Florida Police Athletic League Youth Directors Program Training and Community Service Project on Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cocoa Civic Center.
This training will be attended by 186 youth and adult supervisors from 15 member chapters.
This is an annual event required for youth, 11 to 18 years old, who wish to qualify to become members of the Youth Advisory Council. Those who qualify work with the adult supervisors to establish rules and policies for the PAL programs statewide. The members of the YAC are elected by their peers at this training.
One of the requirements for all participants is community service. Due to Hurricane Irma, the youth will conduct a community service project as a part of their training to help provide food and supplies for Key West. The PAL Chapter in Key West was severely damaged and the supervising police officer lost his home.
The Florida PAL Youth Directors Program was founded in 1998 to teach youth leadership and organizational skills.
The participants are trained to run their own organizations using Roberts Rules of Order, public speaking, event planning and community service.
Founded in 1914 in New York City, the Police Athletic League is the oldest law-enforcement based youth crime prevention program in the United States.
Today, PAL programs are operated by police departments and sheriff’s offices in more than 350 communities in the United States, Canada and Nigeria.
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