Make Your Impact with Harrisburg Police Athletic League
The Harrisburg Police Athletic /Activities League’s Mission is to be an alternative crime prevention organization that uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to bring the community, police officers and youth together.
To build trust and enhance relationships between law enforcement, youth, and residents in the neighborhoods they share. Prevent crime and improve community safety.
“A Better Harrisburg through our Children.”
Our New Logo
HPAL's logo is a tribute to first responders (red), our military service members (green) and blue for our law enforcement officers. Bringing the community, police officers and youth together.
Impacting the Lives of Youth Since 1957
The Harrisburg Police Athletic/Activities League (HPAL) provides several programs and activities throughout the year. Mentoring through Sports and HPAL Self-Esteem Mentoring Classes are the main initiatives from which all our programs/activities stem
HPAL Self-Esteem Mentoring Classes focuses on character development by use of classroom mentoring, field trips, community service, and activities.
Mentoring Through Sports
Mentoring through Sports (MTS) focuses on using sports to capture the imagination of young people through participation in the sport of their choice and in the core mentoring programs of HPAL. MTS takes advantage of the sports environment to teach positive character and value traits that will assist youth in becoming positive and productive citizens. The program curriculum is based on the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball. The instruction is centered on education, character development, positive values, diversity and responsible behavior.
When asked what do you attribute to the program’s success? Coach James Jones, Program Consultant/Coordinator states, “You can’t be successful in sports without talent and we’ve been blessed with some talented children. Most important, has been parent involvement and support. We’ve been fortunate to attract the right coaches, mentors, and volunteers. They adhere to the HPAL philosophy of using sports as a vehicle to attract youth interest, and our common focus of improving young people’s attitudes, character, and behavior. It’s hard to be a champion without these qualities. “Winning championships is a by-product of developing quality human beings”
Core programs are run weekly. Sports programs run weekly according to the season (summer, fall, winter, and spring)
(Registration for HPAL programs can be made by visiting or contacting our PAL office, or go here “Contact Us” and send us an email today to get more information.
Participant Sign-in Form – This is required when signing up for one of our programs, activity, or special event. Please note this form is for registered members of PAL to log your individual program attendance. If you have difficulty with this sign in form, please give us a call at 717-233-3104 and someone will be able to assist you.
Learn a Trade Mentoring Initiative
Coordinated by Patricia Robinson, this initiative is in collaboration with Evolve Training and Youth Development Trades Program with Career Link.
Here, youth learn graphics, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and life lessons on self-esteem, financial literacy, communication, entrepreneurship and good work ethics.
• Roller Skating
• Shop with a Cop
HPAL Self-Esteem Mentoring Classes
Self-esteem is important for everyone because it helps you keep a positive outlook on life and makes you feel proud of the person you are, both inside and out. Most teens with self-esteem find life much more enjoyable. They tend to have better relationships with peers and adults, find it easier to deal with mistakes or disappointments, and are more likely to stick with a task until they succeed.
Self-esteem gives you the:
•Courage to try new things
•Power to believe in yourself
•Confidence to make healthy choices for your mind and body now and throughout your life
HPAL /TRU – Tobacco Resistance Unit
This program has one of the largest representations and group members in the Harrisburg Area. It is directed and facilitated by Mr. Eric Rophermel, of the YMCA, who continues to do great work with these young people. This group takes part in legislative conversation regarding increasing the age to purchase tobacco products from 18-21. This group promotes tobacco resistance education as vendors at different events, with the last one being the annual Farm Show.
Writer's Workshop HPAL Mentoring Initiative
DR./Rev Gadsen is a certified Family Development Training and Credentialing Program Portfolio Advisor. He is the co-facilitator of the Writer's Workshop HPAL Mentoring Initiative of 2019.
Striving to Make a Difference
We at HPAL appreciate any and all donations. We also believe in the maximum amount of funds received to go directly to our programming. We will maintain all transparency when it comes to all donations and to the distribution of the funds.
We are in desperate need of transportation for our kids. We are looking to establish a fund for us to purchase a van this year. If you wish to contribute to our transportation fund please make note
of this when you make your donation. We will share more information on this process and what
your level of donation will bring in recognizing you as a part of making our van a reality.
The easiest way to Donate to our organization is by clicking the Donate button above and send us a donation through PayPal to Harrisburg PAL’s donation account.
We also have several other ways you can help support our organization.
See the link below which lists the 6 ways you can help and setup to “Donate Now”
Every dollar and cent of your support is greatly appreciated. Please let us know if
you experience any issues setting up ways to help us!
Harrisburg Police Athletic League is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Our Tax ID Number
(IRS – EIN) is 45-3165037. You can download a tax donation form from our Resources Files below:
Link to HPAL 501(c)3.PDF below shows status with IRS as a valid charity organization in
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE TO OUR ORGANIZATION:
During the next United Way drive, make sure to write-in Harrisburg PAL as your selected beneficiary, visit United Way of the Capital Region and see your employer’s HR department for more information on setting contributions up.
AmazonSmile – Donate to Harrisburg PAL while you shop.
Donate While You Shop The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Harrisburg PAL.
Send a Check – Make checks payable to HPAL, and send to PO Box 5102, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Signup wellness + Plenti card to support Harrisburg PAL, purchase at RiteAid will roundup up to the nearest dollar every time you shop
IRS Document: HPAL 501c3.pdf
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The Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League serves children ages 6-18, and does not discriminate for any reason.
All PAL programming is free, or low cost.
BE A VOLUNTEER! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
PAL keeps kids safe by providing for them a place to go where they can participate in supervised athletic, academic, and cultural activities. In order to keep all of the activities running smoothly, PAL relies on the help of volunteers to coach, mentor, and tutor the youth we serve.
Volunteering at PAL is important and rewarding work. It requires dedication to PAL’s mission, commitment to volunteer responsibilities, and understanding of the importance of safety and fun in every PAL activity.
There are many ways to get involved.
Please fill out our Volunteer Application, or call our office at 717.233.3104 for more details.
*All volunteers must provide clearances as required by PA Act 15. For more information on that, please see PA Clearances.