PAL programs positively impact the lives of over 10,000 youth. We currently support over 20 signature programs as well as hundreds of district activities and citywide events. With over 500 officers participating, we offer a broad range of programs, activities and events which create the opportunity for every demographic of our communities to interact with BPD officers in a positive and constructive manner.
These opportunities range from leadership programs to youth dialogues, sports leagues, arts & culture, school programs and holiday events.
Art, Music & Culture
YOUTH IMPACT ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES
Officers host dialogues with youth in community centers and schools across the city, fostering positive interactions between the police and the youth, and opening the door for broad conversations on topics such as conflict resolution, effects of trauma, life skills, community service, career goals.
Volley Against Violence
A partnership with the BPD brings youth of all ages to Sportsmen’s for free weekly tennis, on Friday 6-8pm, with coaches and Boston Police officers.
School Assembly Program in partnership with the Boston Bruins focused on health and fitness. This 45-minute all-school program, taking place in elementary schools in the City, is focused on promoting a happy, healthy lifestyle by emphasizing perseverance, proper nutrition, and physical activity through movement. It is a fun and engaging program that also addresses challenging topics that affect school-aged children today, such as bullying, respect, and confidence building.
Teach Me to Fish
This cooking class, in partnership with Lingzi Foundation, was launched in 2019. This activity is all about bringing people together for a meal. We host four (4) sessions over the summer engaging young kids, and parents in an easy, fun and creative cooking class.
SIGNATURE INSPIRE PROGRAMS for TEENS
ACT-UP with 5-0
Act up with 5-0 is an arts program which incorporates monologues, scene work, poetry, videography and photography elements in an environment where police and youth are able to overcome trauma through artistic creativity. Officers and youth engage in dialogue during each class that relate to experiences in their own lives. Through this dialogue, they will be able to capture emotions of their thoughts and memories, then transition that same emotion into their artistic presentations.
Junior Police Academy
The Junior Police Academy provides over 270 kids, including children with disabilities, with the opportunity to participate in a fun and engaging summer camp. The youth are introduced to operational components of Boston Police Department through tours of multiple agencies. They learn about the City of Boston through a myriad of field trips, and they experience direct interaction with leaders of law enforcement in the city.
Women in Blue
This inspiring women’s initiative focuses on increasing trust and building strong relationships with young women and girls by providing exposure to new experiences; conducting open and productive conversations; and engaging in impactful activities. Our female officers are building long-lasting mentor relationships, and having a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young girls.
YOUNG ADULT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS
We Belong is empowering inner-city youth to be leaders of tomorrow through public service education, community service and outreach. This leadership program provides challenging experiences to high school juniors and seniors to develop leadership skills, explore future careers, and become productive members of their communities. Each year, the group travels to Washington, DC to visit the Capitol, meet with legislators, tour college campuses, and have a profound civic experience. The program also offers guest speakers and discussions around career paths. Participants are identified through partnerships with Boston Public Schools, administrators, guidance counselors, teachers and through the relationships the Officers themselves have built with students in the schools and community.
Boston Police Summer Youth Leadership Academy
Empowering inner-city teenagers to be leaders of tomorrow through a 6 week program that provides a strong environment to build resilient, confident and motivated community leaders. With a variety of guest speakers and curriculum, the youth are introduced to topics such as restorative justice, trauma response, peer pressure, gang violence, and changing the narrative in their communities.
DISTRICT & CITY-WIDE ACTIVITIES
Shop with a Cop
This annual tradition, created and hosted by Police Commissioner William G. Gross, provides over 400 inner-city children with an opportunity to pair up with a member of law enforcement and go shopping for the holidays at Target.
Ice Cream Truck
The BPD sponsored ice-cream truck is a summer favorite, visiting many parks, community centers, parades, and community gatherings. Many Hoodsies and smiles are shared.
Summer Flashlight Walks
A summer evening walk through the neighborhood where police and residents can connect, share an ice-cream…and smiles. Occurs several times throughout the summer.
Annual summer event held at Jamaica Pond where youth and families learn how to fish, and interact with police and community partners during a fun-filled day of activities, food and entertainment.
Building relationships with youth and community while providing a positive environment and affordable sport activity. These instructional basketball leagues help develop important life skills such as making friends, teamwork, and sportsmanship, while learning the basics of the game.
Engaging children in a weekly program that enables them to play soccer with friends and classmates, while interacting with officers from the local district. Popular with the immigrant community, these instructional leagues and teams look to foster positive dialogue and connections with immigrant families that have little or no positive relationship with law enforcement, while enjoying the game of soccer.
Ice Hockey Skills is a weekly program offered to city residents, with a focus on increasing speed, power, balance, mobility, passing, agility and puck control to players at all levels. The Learn to Skate Program is hosted weekly for youth who want to learn the basics of skating. This is an opportunity to promote teamwork and help BPD build closer relationships with the youth.