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The St. Lucie Sheriff PAL provides local youth with a positive nurturing environment to develop different aspects of their lives including but not limited to; academics, athletics, social interaction, life skills, leadership skills, the arts, and community service. PAL has been offering programs to all youth in St. Lucie County, with particular focus on at-risk youth since 1995.  PAL started as a small boxing club in a shopping center in Ft. Pierce.  Over the years, PAL has grown to include programs such as basketball, football, dance, drama, cheerleading, track & field, karate and boxing.  PAL has worked with many local youth organizations to help keep youth off the streets and in organized activities.  The PAL coaches are all volunteers that commit their own time to help teach youth various sports or activities. 

Having a strong support system, such as PAL, has a direct impact on helping to lower crime rates and has an influential impact on a child’s future.

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Information about our PAL you should know:
  • Registered non-profit 501 (3)(C) organization

  • Charter member of the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, recognized as the largest juvenile crime prevention program in the nation.

  • Open to all children and youth, ages 5 to 18, in the St. Lucie County

  • Various team and individual sports and activities

  • Run by volunteers that donate their time to coach and mentor

  • Thorough background checks are done on all potential volunteers

  • 80% of members come from low income households

  • $50 membership fee

  • No child is ever turned away as a result of family income, social background, or past involvement with the law

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