California PAL Fall Training Conference
Once of most important functions of California PAL is to ensure that our PAL/SAL/YAL directors at the local level have all of the necessary tools and experience possible when they are running their various youth programs. Many of the new PAL directors are police officers or deputies that may have just come from patrolling the streets and require assistance with running their day to day operations at their PAL chapters. Once of the main reasons California PAL was formed was for PAL officers to "join together" and conduct training to improve their programs. Once per year, California PAL sponsors four days of intense training on the issues that directly affect PAL/SAL/YAL officers and volunteers. Training topics such as time management, grant writing, marketing your PAL, risk management and a large variety of other topics have been covered at our past conferences.
Innovative training to our PAL directors is one of the many things that helps to set California PAL apart from other youth based organizations. The ability to help an incoming police officer or deputy make that transition from patrol to understanding and helping California's young people adds immense value to the organization as a whole. California PAL is committed to the ongoing invaluable training provided for our PAL officers, directors and volunteers.
California PAL also holds one of our Biannual Membership & Business Meetings at our Fall Training Conference. The other meeting is typically held in Spring during our California PAL Youth Leadership Academy. These official membership meetings allow PAL directors to give us feedback on what would help them be successful along with California PAL being able to pass on vital information and conduct organizational business at the meetings.
New PAL Directors Training
A six to eight hour New PAL Director's Training class is held yearly during at the annual California PAL Training Conference that is held in Fall. This program is designed to take brand new PAL/SAL/YAL directors that have just recently joined their local PAL programs and give them the vital information and assistance that they need to ease them through the transition into becoming an effective PAL director. Some of the topics covered are:
- Role of the PAL/SAL/YAL Officer
- Board of Directors
- Non-profit Insurance
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Child Development
- Cultural Diversity
- Supervisor's responsibilities
- Fiscal and Office Management
- Public Relations
- California PAL programs and standards