Youth Leadership Program

As of June 30, 2012, the PAL Mentoring pilot program has ended and grant obligations have been completed. PAL no longer provides in-school mentoring. For more information contact Jeff Johnson at

In 2011, GKCPAL was awarded a grant from National PAL to carry out a six month Youth Leadership Program (YLP), allowing us to enhance our current mentoring programs. This program is designed to give youth the opportunity to participate in positive activities while developing leadership and decision making skills, and participating in targeted community service projects. Through this program, youth will:

  • Attend monthly leadership trainings and community service projects
  • through required monthly leadership trainings and monthly community service projects
  • Sign a pledge to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free upon entering and through the duration of the program
  • Elect youth officers to conduct meeting and projects. Youth officers will be in charge of running the meetings
  • Attend field trips and other educational opportunities

Starting in November, YLP participants will help with a monthly community service project to benefit their surrounding community.  In addition to community service, YLP participants will be rewarded for their leadership and hard work with fun and educational activities. Currently, trips are planned for the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Science Center, the Experience Music Project, and the Children’s Museum.

See what community projects the Youth Leadership Program has planned:

NOVEMBER  │  Seattle Thanksgiving & Community Celebration

On November 22, 2011 over 500 families received a Thanksgiving turkey and BIG box of food to make a nutritious Thanksgiving feast.  In a large multi-state and local community effort, the Seattle Seahawks, A Better Seattle, Unified Grocers, A Foundation for Kids, Dimmitt Middle School, King County Sheriff’s Office and the Greater King County Police Activities League (GKCPAL) will came together to make it a memorable holiday. Seattle Seahawks players, the SeaGals, Seahawks mascot, Blitz, and the Seahawks drum core were there making it a fun and exciting day for all! Twenty-five amazing YLP participants were there working hard to help make the event a huge success!

CLICK HERE to see some pictures November from the event!

DECEMBER  │ Christmas Gift Drive at New Start

On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 GKCPAL partnered with Seattle Seahawks and A Better Seattle to hold a community Christmas Gift Drive to provide gift items for families in need. The event was held at New Start campus in the Highline School District, located in the heart of White Center. Families were able to “shop” for gifts for their children, including items like new baby and children’s clothes, shoes, personal hygiene products and toys.

JANUARY  │ Clean Up Dimmit!

In January, the YLP participants will help Dimmitt Middle School by holding a campus clean-up day. Youth will beautify the campus by picking up debris and trash all across campus.

FEBRUARY  │ Valentine’s Day Read-A-Thon

YLP participants will team up with the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club to hold a Read-A-Thon on February 14.  Youth Leadership Program Ambassadors (YLPA) will work with approximately 30 underprivileged children to get them excited about reading. Each child will receive a GKCPAL T-shirt, some Valentine’s Day treats, and two books to read and take home. YLP participants will help kids pick out their books and read with them at the event.

CLICK HERE to see pictures from the February event!

MARCH  │ Stamp Out Hunger!

In concert with the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign, YLP participants will work with their PAL mentors to gather food for local food banks. This will take place March 17-24.

APRIL  │ P-Patch at New Start

YLP participants will work with PAL mentors and mentees from all three PAL Mentoring Program Schools: Evergreen High School Campus, Dimmitt Middle School and Highline High School. All mentees will work to revitalize and reinvigorate the P-Patch and gardening containers at New Start campus. The goal is to find partners to tend the gardens and harvest the food to donate to the local food banks or families served by New Start campus.