California PAL - Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we get at California PAL:

  • Question: What makes PAL different from the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA or any of the other youth programs?

Answer:  PAL brings together "Cops and Kids" and truly makes an effort to reach the most "at-risk" youth that may not have the resources or opportunity to participate in any other youth based programs.  Police Officers and Deputy Sheriff's are in change of the local programs.  PAL was started by law enforcement and with the support of the different city Chief of Police or County Sheriff, it makes PAL unique and different than other youth clubs.   Many PAL chapters are no-cost programs which allow for those families that don't have the financial ability to otherwise get their kids involved with a youth organization that provides comprehensive programs in a safe and supervised environment.

  • Question: Why do some California PAL chapters call themselves a "SAL" or "YAL" instead of them being called a "PAL"?

Answer:  Some of our local chapters are comprised of entire counties that are administrated by a county Sheriff.  Examples of this would be Imperial, Kern, Napa and San Mateo Counties.  They all have PAL programs but because the county Sheriff is the leading law enforcement authority, those programs may instead be called a Sheriff's Activities League or SAL and the director is typically a Sheriff's Deputy.  They still operate the same as other PAL chapters but usually on a wider scale, covering small communities or locations across the entire county.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department actually has 19 independent chapters throughout LA County that cover their substations.  Their programs are called Youth Activity Leagues or YAL programs.  In the end, no matter what a chapter is called, they are all still  PAL programs at the core and all are members of the California PAL community.

  • Question: How can I get my kids to go to California PAL?

Answer:  The best way is to go to our PAL Chapters page and find the closest local PAL/SAL/YAL chapter near you.  You can contact the PAL chapter directly and find out the information that you need for your child to attend PAL.  California PAL is a Member Serving Non-Profit and we serve over 100 member chapters throughout the state of California.  We provide Youth Programs, Training and many other opportunities for youth all across the state.  The local PAL/SAL/YAL chapters participate in California PAL programs and in essence, all PAL/SAL/YAL kids throughout the state are California PAL kids.

  • Question: There is a PAL chapter in my community but they are not on your PAL chapter listings?

Answer:   Not all PAL programs in the state belong to California PAL.  By using an internet search engine (Google/Yahoo), look at your local city or county government for more information on youth programs they provide to local communities.

  • Question: I want my child to be involved in a PAL program or activity.  What do I do?

Answer: The first step would be to check our PAL Chapter list and find the nearest PAL chapter to your location.  You can click on the link and it will take you to their web site where you can find the most up to date contact information and find out how you can get your child involved. Not all PAL chapters run the same programs, some PAL's focus more on afterschool programs while some focus just on athletics. Ask your local PAL director what programs they run at their PAL chapter.