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Organizational Overview

Organizational Overview – February 2016 

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.  Recognizing this as a unique opportunity to provide additional support to our community, we immediately began development of the Garner Police Athletic Activities League, or Garner “PAAL.”  

A Board of Directors was recruited and early in 2011 officers were elected and a Constitution and By-Laws were developed and adopted.  We also subsequently were approved as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Garner PAAL then developed a mission statement and values and began working toward the implementation of programming to begin fulfilling that mission.  

Since the creation of Garner PAAL, we have developed several school-based programs, we have partnered to integrate PAAL into an existing after-school program, and we have assumed responsibility for the Police “Explorer Post”; the following is a summary of our programs as of the 2015-2016 school year:

-       PAAL hosts weekly after-school clubs of approximately fifteen at-risk students at East Garner Magnet Middle School and at North Garner Middle School.  The PAAL clubs provide academic support, intramurals sports, field trips, and other activities such as campus beautification.

-       PAAL has implemented monthly school-based programs at all six Garner Elementary Schools – including Aversboro, Creech Road, East Garner, Rand Road, Timber Drive, and Vandora Springs Elementary Schools. Officers and PAAL Volunteers collaborate with school staff to provide support to approximately ten at-risk students at each school.

-       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 St. Recreation Center.  Police officers play basketball and other sports with middle school students and provide outreach and mentoring.

-       PAAL sponsors a bi-weekly Police Cadet program that has ten to fifteen 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 our High School Resource Officers.

We are 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.  We host an annual PAAL Olympics event at the Avery Street Recreation Center as the “finale” to our annual fundraising drive.  We continue to seek corporate and community sponsorships to provide the resources for our efforts while also planning for a future PAAL facility in Garner where we 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 www.garnerpaal.org.  You can also follow us on Twitter; we are @GarnerPAAL.

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