Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $750,000)
The National Association of Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) will implement the National Youth Leadership Pilot Program (YLP), which will be a youth-driven network to promote a fun and supportive environment where youth can come together to share ideas, develop life and leadership skills, and generate motivation to implement successful community service projects. The goals of the program will be to reduce juvenile involvement in negative behaviors, protect both kids and adults from becoming victims of crime, and reduce juvenile delinquency. The National Youth Leadership Pilot Program will receive applications from PAL chapters to implement the program during non-school hours, when delinquency behavior most frequently occurs. The pilot program will provide leadership preparation and involve youth in program, community service projects, and training decision-making. PAL will also continue to develop a communication/reporting system for PAL chapters across the nation, which will help measure the use of Federal and Non-Federal funds in PAL juvenile crime prevention efforts. The performance measures will be addressed through common data collection procedures, indicators to measure areas such as: increased recreational/athletic opportunities; academic performance, attendance, service/contact hours for youth, involvement of law enforcement in youth programs, and additional resources committed to the project will be compiled and reported.