Since 1959, thousands of San Francisco youth have participated in PAL activities – kids on every block and every zip code have benefited from the dedication of volunteer adult mentors and role models. From a meager beginning and a handful of kids, SFPAL currently serves almost 5000 youth annually with the help of 800 civilian and police volunteer coaches and mentors through a variety of sports and leadership activities. While many of our volunteers are parent coaches, a significant portion of our volunteers are PAL alumni themselves who benefited from the program in their youth and choose to give back to the youth in their community with their time, energy and commitment.
SFPAL builds community by organizing youth sports and healthy activities that develop personal character and foster positive relationships among police officers, youth and dedicated volunteers.
Fifty-five years ago, two policemen decided they wanted to do something about “the growing juvenile delinquency problem” in San Francisco. They courageously took out personal loans and started what has grown into the San Francisco Police Activities League.
From this meager beginning and a handful of kids, SFPAL has grown to serve thousands of San Francisco youth – reaching every San Francisco neighborhood and block over past half-century. Since 1959, thousands of SFPAL youth have grown into leaders within the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Police Department, and the business and nonprofit community. Today almost 5,000 kids participate in PAL healthy activities with the help of 800 civilian and police volunteers every year.
SFPAL is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and receives no funding from the City of San Francisco.