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PALS Youth heading to Camp Whittle

PALS Youth heading to Camp Whittle

We are grateful to the North Valley YMCA for providing PALS families the opportunity to attend Camp Whittle in Big Bear. The YMCA is providing 10 families with the opportunity to attend the camp for one week.  Each family dropped their kids off at the PALS Youth Center and waved goodbye as the bus drove away with the kids safely on board headed to the mountains.

This week-long experience at beautiful YMCA Camp Whittle will allow the campers to make real connections and lifelong friendships, capture authentic moments that only nature can provide, and create unforgettable stories that will shape their character and build their confidence.  Thank you North Valley YMCA.

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PALS Hosts VICA After Dark

PALS Hosts VICA After Dark

LAPD Devonshire PALS and East Valley PALS hosted a VICA After Dark with Los Angeles Councilman John Lee and LAPD Valley Commander Elaine Morales, who discussed important subjects ranging from community safety and community engagement to keeping economic development at the forefront in the community.

The Councilman emphasized the necessity of robust funding for law enforcement initiatives, mainly focusing on reducing juvenile arrests and crime within Council District 12. As one of the safest regions in Los Angeles, CD 12’s low crime rates testify to the effectiveness of supporting and funding law enforcement.

Commander Morales shed light on law enforcement’s challenges, including staffing shortages and community perceptions. She underscored the pivotal role of organizations like PALS in bridging connections between law enforcement and the community, fostering mutual understanding and support.

 

The event also highlighted innovative initiatives such as implementing surveillance technology to monitor vehicles involved in criminal activities, an effort to further enhance safety measures within CD 12.

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PALS Sustainable Container Gets a New Look

PALS Sustainable Container Gets a New Look

Thanks to Councilmember John Lee’s office and LADWP, PALS received a sustainable container for growing produce in 2021. The “Farm” has been growing kale and many vegetables using water technology instead of growing in the soil. This addition to the agriculture program gives the youth a chance to learn first-hand how to grow plants in an urban environment.

Recently, the container received a thorough cleaning and overhaul by our new agriculture specialist, Brandon. He worked tirelessly with the help of the PALS kids to get the sustainable container ready to grow plants again. The container produces many vegetables, some fruit and herbs. The agriculture program is run by Brandon and Officer Matt Connell. They both work hard to teach the kids about planting seeds, growing and watering the plants, harvesting the plants, feeding the chickens, feeding the pigs and collecting the eggs daily.

We can’t wait to see what other changes are happening in the garden, the sustainable container and around the yard!

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