Youth Programs

The goal of all PAL programs are 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 Friday and are from 3:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  This program generally offers a homework, education, art and athletic sub-programs in which the youth rotate through daily and seasonally.

On-site Mentoring

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.

Homework Hour

Homework hour is from 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This time is monitored by police officer mentors, along with PAL staff and 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 or play educational and cooperative games on site if they have no homework assigned to them for a particular day. 


Most of the athletic programs are integrated into our after school program and rotate throughout the year. Others are offsite and require a different registration process. (Please inquire within for athletic program requirements). The athletic programs offered are baseball and softball, basketball, boxing, cricket, football, golf, hockey, and yoga. We always look to expand athletic programming and provide recreational and competitive variations to all the athletics we offer. Players of all skills levels are encouraged to participate. 


The art programs that are offered include, but are not limited to coloring, crafts, drawing, dance, music, painting, and sewing. We are always looking to expand our art programs. 


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