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Devonshire PAL Youth Leaders Take Action To Remove Graffiti
One of the many things that the city of Los Angeles is known for is the huge amount of graffiti tagging. Whether it is from street gangs or tagging crews, graffiti is a huge eyesore for many citizens and there is a constant struggle to keep in contained.
On Saturday, May 12th from 8:00AM to around 12:00 Noon, the PAL Youth Leadership Council from LAPD Devonshire Police Activities League took the initiative and participated in a "graffiti clean-up" event. Devonshire PAL serves youth in the Northridge area of the San Fernando Valley in northern Los Angeles. The event was organized by Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander's City District 12 office and targeted many of the city parks in the Porter Ranch area.
Community service is a huge focus of our PAL Youth Leadership groups and the Devonshire PAL YLC kids proved that they were willing to make a positive impact on their community by being part of the solution and not part of the problem. These youth role models strive to spread a positive message to their peers and with hard work and focus, PAL youth leaders will continue to improve their communities. We here at California PAL would like to thank the LAPD Devonshire PAL Youth Leadership Council members, Berenice, Arantza, Dianna, Emily Desiree, Vianeth, Xiomara, Araiza, Margarita, Tori, Allie, Jasmine, Olga, Khariana, Ilci and Luis with their dedicated service to their community!
Creating Future Leaders at the 2014 CALPAL Youth Leadership Academy
Over 250 youth and chaperones from PAL programs throughout the state converged at the Marriott Suites Anaheim hotel for the 2014 California PAL Youth Leadership Academy that was held from March 29th through April 1st, 2014. Comprised of local PAL youth leaders ranging in age from 12-18 years old, the kids received various leadership and other types of valuable training by Javier Sanchez and Shaun Derik from R.E.A.C.H. Communications.
Helping to coordinate and run the event was the California PAL Youth Directors Council, a twelve member youth board of directors who have applied and are chosen to represent California PAL. The Youth Directors Council program was conceived over ten years ago and first launched in 2002.
As the young participants arrived at the event, they were engaged with numerous leadership and team-building activities. The kids were also able to go and enjoy the Disneyland parks in the afternoons after the training sessions were over. Many of the participants had never been to Disneyland before and for some, they have never travelled outside of their communities or stayed at a hotel.
The overall goal of the Youth Leadership Conference was to create youth leaders that would go back into their communities and effect positive change. We want our PAL youth to work with city government in their local communities and to have their voices heard to the benefit all youth. As leaders, these youth are also expected to take an active role at their PAL chapters to assist with functions and be a good role model for other youth.
The 2014 California PAL Youth Leadership Conference was once again a huge success and the lives of many of the youth that participated will be positively changed forever. These kids went home to their communities and PAL programs much better equipped to deal with many of the problems facing them and to take an active role in their communities and PAL programs.