Youth Programs

The goal of all PAL programs is to empower youth with the knowledge and importance of integrity, respect, discipline, self-esteem, leadership, teamwork and other valuable life skills that breed success while restoring the relationship between the police and its young community.

After School

Our after school program is free to the youth we serve due to the support of donations and grants.  This program includes an afternoon snack and light supper which may vary according to program length.  Programs run Monday through Thursday and are from 3:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  This program generally offers a homework, education, art and recreational sub programs which the youth rotate through.

Homework Club

Homework club hours are from 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This time is monitored by police officer mentors and may include the assistance of volunteer tutors.  A light afternoon snack is served upon program entry.  All youth are required to complete their homework assignments during this time.  Youth are required to read books on site if they have no homework assigned to them for a particular day.



Most of the mentoring aspects of our program are integrated into our after school program.  PAL provides each of its youth with a PAL mentor officers, additional volunteer officers, as well as exposure to the Hartford Police Explorers during program.  The mentor officers’ conduct follow-ups, conferences and one-one activities with youth.


Hartford PAL creates relationships with community partners such as Restoring Lives which affords PAL youth with the opportunity of attending an off-site mentoring program.  These types of program are facilitated by outside agencies with the participation of police officer mentors.


Most of the recreational programs are integrated into our after school program and rotate during the year through dance, exercise dills, football, flag football, double-dutch, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, softball, floor hockey, baseball, gaming tournaments, volleyball, dodge ball, martial arts, kickboxing and more.

KNOX Community Gardens

Since 1972, KNOX has transformed acres of vacant lots into edible, productive gardens to combat food insecurity in Hartford. KNOX currently oversees 14 community gardens that serve over 300 local families.  PAL kids help grow community gardens all year round through KNOX.

For more information, visit the KNOX Foundation website –


Most of the educational programs are integrated into the after school program and provide workshops on Real Talk, Fashion, budgeting, etiquette, bullying, body image, stencilling, gangs, sexting, gun violence, Equine (Horse) workshops, conflict resolution, nutrition, safety, and tobacco classes.


This program consists of a variety of different creative art concepts that provide youth with hands on activities that promote artistic expression. Additionally, our youth attends events art events at the Wadsworth Athenaeum on Saturdays, plays at the Hartford Stage, plays at Hartford Stage, plays at University of Hartford and Theaterworks.

Faith Based

This is an optional program that provides PAL youth with the foundations of the Holy Bible.  Fun activities, plays, songs and parent newsletters are incorporated into this program.


Life Skills Day, Week, & Summer Camps

Life Skills camps PAL camps are held on single days, vacations and during the summer of every year in accordance with Hartford School calendars.  All Life Skills camps incorporate a structures schedule that many include a variety of educational and art sub programs, field trips and recreational sports.

Camp Cedar Over-Night Camp

PAL also retreats for a week every August of every year at Camp Cedar in Maine. At Cedar our youth receive a fully structured program of activities ranging from individual and team sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, swimming, biking, sailing, water-skiing and golf to outdoor education and adventure programming including hiking, nature, trips, zip line and ropes course as well as a full slate of creative arts programming including ceramics, painting, woodworking and rocketry. All meals, snacks and activities are donated by Camp Cedar for almost 20 years.  For more information on Camp Cedar, click here.


This program runs off-site out of our Boxing gym located at 1055 Broad Street in Hartford.  The program runs at different times during the week depending on need based scheduling.  For 2014, the boxing program is currently running on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm by Certified USA Boxing Coach Officer Mena, volunteer or officers and civilians.  The boxing program exists for the purposes of recreation and also has the ability to train youth for amateur boxing matches through USA Boxing.

A PAL Youth Application is required for all Youth Programs and the acceptance to each program is based on the individual program’s maximum occupancy.