Guide to Garner 2018-19 edition - Page 25

Police Athletic / Activities League In the fall of 2010, the Garner Police Department was approached and asked to play a leading role in the development of a community-based program that could provide services and support to at-risk youth in our community and in our schools. Vandora Springs Elementary Schools. Offi cers and PAAL volunteers collaborate with school staff to provide support to approximately 10 at-risk students at each school. Recognizing this as a unique opportunity to provide additional support to our community, the Police Department immediately began development of the Garner Police Athletic/ Activities League, or Garner PAAL. A Board of Directors was recruited and early in 2011 offi cers were elected and a constitution and bylaws were developed and adopted. Garner PAAL also subsequently was approved as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. The organization then developed a mission statement and values and began working toward the implementation of programming to begin fulfi lling that mission. Since the creation of Garner PAAL, organizers have developed a number school-based programs, have partnered to integrate PAAL into an existing after-school program and have assumed responsibility for the Police Explorer Post. The following is a summary of programs as of the 2017-2018 school year: • • PAAL hosts weekly after-school clubs of approximately 15 at-risk students at East Garner Magnet Middle School and at North Garner Middle School. The PAAL clubs provide academic support, intramural sports, fi eld trips and other activities. PAAL has implemented biweekly school- based programs at all six Garner Elementary Schools—including Aversboro, Creech Road, East Garner, Rand Road, Timber Drive and • PAAL is partnering with the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department to attend one day a week at the after-school program at the Avery Street Recreation Center. Police offi cers play basketball and other sports with middle school students and provide outreach and mentoring. • PAAL sponsors a biweekly Police Cadet program that has 10 to 15 teenagers who have shown interest in law enforcement as a career and meet to learn more about the profession while also contributing to Garner through various volunteer opportunities. This program is coordinated through the Police Department’s High School Resource Offi cers program. Garner PAAL is now partnered with Youth Thrive of Wake County; Youth Thrive is the home of the Youth Thrive Network, an avenue to receive training and technical assistance to help those helping our young people. PAAL also partners with Garner United Methodist Church to co-host an annual “Back to School Bash” in August that provides school supplies and a day of fun and games to at-risk Garner-area youth. Garner PAAL continues to seek corporate and community sponsorships to provide the resources for its efforts while also planning for a future PAAL clubhouse in Garner where it will provide athletics, mentoring and tutoring for youth as well as parent and family programming. More information on the PAAL program can be found on the PAAL website at and in the Garner PAAL 2017 Strategic Plan (on the website). You can also follow Garner PAAL on Twitter(@GarnerPAAL). 23