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PAL Directors Get Educated At The 2013 CALPAL Fall Training Conference
The Marriott Residence Inn River Ridge in Oxnard provided the setting for the 2013 California PAL Fall Conference & Business Meeting held October 20-23, 2013 . Over 90 local PAL directors and staff members representing PALs from around the state, attended the four-day training.
The conference began with a New Directors orientation for new chapters. California PAL staff indoctrinated eager new PAL directors and staff, who walked away with an armful of information and helpful tools to successfully manage their PALs. Attendees received outstanding training sessions on a wide variety of hot topics such as dealing with special needs youth, ADHD kids, grant preparation and grant writing and using social media at their PAL chapters. Many other subjects were also offered and participants had great choices on useful information to help them be more effective at their local PAL chapters.
“The PAL directors really seemed to get alot out of the training this year” said Gregg Wilson, California PAL Executive director. “A huge part of what California PAL is all about is giving our local PAL directors the opportunity to be more effective at the local level and really have the strong PAL programs needed to reduce juvenile crime throughout the state. The training and programs California PAL offer to our member chapters go a long way in making this a reality.”
Participants also held one of the bi-annual membership meetings which allows critical information to be given to PAL chapters and along with information about what California PAL is doing to help our membership. “This conference was great!” said C.A. Robertson of Antioch PAL. “The classes were outstanding and the material handed out was wonderful. I have a lot of information to take back to my organization."
California PAL Holds 2014 Regional Meetings
Beginning on Tuesday, January 27th and spanning over the following three weeks, California PAL held its annual California PAL Regional Meetings at various strategic locations throughout the state.
The purpose of the regional meetings is to bring in local PAL chapter directors and to give them an update about the organization, the upcoming yearly calendar of events along with any other pertinent information that could effect their chapters for the coming year. The PAL directors also have the opportunity to network with other chapters in the same local region.
This year, the regional meetings were held in Banning, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Los Banos, San Leandro, Fairfield and Willows. Over 60 local PAL chapters attended all of the meetings and some great ideas for future programs and collaboration were discussed at the meetings.
PAL directors will once again have the opportunity to meet at the upcoming 2014 Spring Business Meeting which is one of CALPAL's bi-annual membership meetings and will take place on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 in Anaheim, CA. at the Youth Leadership Academy.