Mountain View Police Activities League’s (MVPAL) mission is to foster mutual understanding between youth and police officers through a non-confrontational setting and, in this way, divert them away from gangs and criminal activity. To accomplish this goal, MVPAL offers a wide variety of recreational and leadership opportunities to kids between the ages of 5 and 18.
Providing recreation, education and other activities is not necessarily a function of a police department. However, with juvenile violence, gangs and other negative influences in the community, MVPAL introduces structured Police to youth programs. This mutual understanding and respect between Police and youth performs a very important facet – notably those of crime prevention, protection of property and the preservation of a peaceful community.
MVPAL’s mission is to foster mutual understanding between youth and police officers though a non-confrontational setting.
To accomplish this goal, MVPAL offers a wide variety of recreational and leadership opportunities to kids between the ages of 5 and 18.
Despite the existence of a School Resource Officer program and other outreach programming, many initial contacts between Police Officers and youth still occur in unfavourable circumstances. MVPAL provides a formal framework for developing mutual understanding and fosters trust between Police and youth.
Mountain View PAL is dependent on grants and donations for its success. PAL is not funded through the county or city budgets. We operate with the support of Mountain View Police Officers and staff who donate their time to continue the program.
How you can help
Our goal is to collectively serve our communities through partnerships in order to make them a better, safer place to work and live. We need your help to make our efforts go even further!
Your valuable gift is helping us provide public safety needs, programs, training and equipment to our police and fire departments.
7th to 12th grade
Crittenden Middle School
PAL Boxing is held year round with officers from MVPD and volunteers teaching, coaching and instructing students at practices. The boxing program consists of approximately forty middle school students who are selected by the Police Department. The program focuses on teaching discipline, leadership and teamwork through activities and team drills.
For many, learning the sport of boxing helps with social skills and cooperating with others. Students enjoy making new friends and the program helps them have a sense of belonging.
The program targets at-risk youth with the primary goal of keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble. Because of its popularity and additional resources needed, there is a waiting list for students. The boxing program runs throughout the school year and is held twice a week on school nights. MVPAL Boxing looks forward to continuing its success and competitions in local tournaments.
MVPAL partners with the YMCA to take high school students on a college tour in Southern California. The youth are able to tour 6 college campuses and spend a day at Disneyland.
The mentoring program is a community-based program designed to improve the lives of youth through mentoring, programming and activities. The program focuses on at-risk elementary school children with the primary goal of keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble by building positive relationships with public safety personnel and fostering mutual trust.
Twenty students are selected by school officials and receive one-hour mentoring sessions throughout the school year. The mentoring sessions include; arts and crafts, sports, music, games, fun activities, holiday parties, and educational presentations from Police Department personnel. The program also includes a variety of field trips and occasionally extended field trips to Six Flags and Disneyland.
Each year, the mentoring students grow and benefit from this unique program. Students find self-confidence, self esteem, and are able to create big goals for themselves. Studies show that youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school.
5th – 8th grade
Net Gain is a six-week introduction tennis camp featuring three 2-week sessions. MVPAL partners with MV recreation department and volunteers to provide the instruction. The tennis program focuses on providing coaching and active learning opportunities for students that otherwise would not be able to have an after school sports programs or coaching. Net Gain is held every October through November and can accommodate up to twenty middle school children for each 2-week session.
The sponsorship program goal is to pair youth with an existing program, sport or after school activity. The program targets at-risk youth with the primary goal of helping the students learn a new skill, sport or activity, and ultimately keep kids off the streets, away from criminal activity and out of trouble.
MVPAL and MVPD officers partner with school staff to identify the students in need and match them with an existing program. MVPAL supports the cost of the activity or program and requires the student’s parents and family commitment.
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