Youth Development

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF NORRISTOWN

  • Norristown, PA
  • www.greaternorristownpal.org

Mission Statement

The Norristown Police Athletic League is a non-profit, volunteer organization serving the youth and families of the Greater Norristown community with recreational, educational, and cultural programs addressing citizenship, self-esteem, avoidance of substance abuse, and respect for law and order.

Main Programs

  1. Summer FAME Camps
  2. Community Service, Chess and Tutoring
  3. Youth Sports
  4. Science on Patrol
  5. Cuddles & Care/Tell It Like It Is
  6. Art & Culture Night
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

GNPAL serves youth and their families in the Municipalities of Norristown, East/West Norriton, Bridgeport, Plymouth and Lower Providence.

ruling year

1976

Director of Operations since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Kenneth Fennal

Keywords

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education, sports, arts, recreation, scholarships

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EIN

23-7434398

Physical Address

340 Harding Blvd.

Norristown, 19401

Also Known As

Greater Norristown PAL, GNPAL

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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GNPAL provides programs and services to nearly 5,000 youth and their families each year. GNPAL has expanded its Programs, Events and Activities to more than 40 throughout the year, inclusive of an arts, culture, educational and recreational roster. We continue to provide quality programs than enhance the body, culture, health, the mind and lifestyles, for the betterment of the Greater Norristown Community.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Summer FAME Camps

PAL's FAME Camps provide youth with opportunities to explore the arts, music and careers.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$100.00

Program 2

Community Service, Chess and Tutoring

Youth that are referred to PAL by District Justices for community service are able to receive tutoring which will assit them in returning to school. They will also develop cogntive and critical thinking services.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$4,000.00

Program 3

Youth Sports

Lacrosse, Basketball, Street Hockey, Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling and many others.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$65,000.00

Program 4

Science on Patrol

Students learn and apply forensic science techniques with the help of local police officers.  They then use the skills to solve "crimes".

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 5

Cuddles & Care/Tell It Like It Is

Cuddles & Care is a mentoring program for girls, 6-12 years of age, which allows for an exchange of ideas about gossip, media use and other issues appropriate for this age group.

Tell It Like It Is, a spinoff program of Cuddles and Care, is a mentoring program for girls, ages 13-19 years of age. This group has a higher maturity level and thus, deals with social issues more appropriately for teenagers, rather than small childre.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,000

Program 6

Art & Culture Night

An evening highlighting GNPAL's youth participating in Art and Cultural Programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

2,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    GNPAL will continue to service youth of Greater Norristown, providing structure for productivity, socialization in a safe environment.

    GNPAL will continue to offer balance and diversity to youth in the areas of arts, culture, education, health, as well as sports.

    GNPAL will offer more balance of programs for females as well as males.

    GNPAL will continue to be a community supporter, hosting diverse forums of concerns.

    GNPAL will continue to provide academic enhancements through our educational programs, which will provide elevated access to higher education.

    GNPAL will continue to be a safe haven for our youth.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    GNPAL will utilize our relationships with our community, municipal and corporate partners to promote our programs. We will also take advantage of our media tools such as twitter, fb, website. This will also include feature stories via, print, tv, cable, internet and radio/satellite vehicles. This will deliver our message to the Greater Norristown Community about all of the services that we offer at GNPAL.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    GNPAL is a sound nonprofit with great achievements over our lifespan, within the Greater Norristown Community. This organization has the capabilities of carrying out events, programs and activities, no more than 40 per year. The track record and the relationships that have been built over the years are indicative of not only our capabilities, but also it's potential, yet to be completely fulfilled.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    GNPAL is fully aware of the impediments that nonprofits face every day. This organization measures our success over time, as well as one day at a time.

    When we see youth returning, daily, for Tutoring, then we know that we are not only gaining their confidence, but also enhancing their academic foundation. When youth graduate from high school and continue to return to volunteer for Family Nights, integrity and dignity have been cemented in the relationship that brings them back to GNPAL. When youth want to work, part-time at GNPAL, we have instilled and or enhanced similar morals, values and ethics that are the foundations of GNPAL. When the same youth attend our Career Job Fair and are hired on the spot, for summer, part-time and or fulltime, progress has been made.

    These are all barometers of progress, both short term and long term. It doesn't hurt to have funders see, vividly, this progress and financially support GNPAL to further the efforts of this organization.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Funding is limited, for us as well as every other nonprofit in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. GNPAL has been fortunate to have initiated and maintained the relationships and partners that have been supportive of our program, events and activities, over the years.

    We have established a strong volunteer base that has stepped in, when we needed assistance and allowed us to provide productive, focus programs for our youth and adult membership.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

GNPAL serves youth and their families in the Municipalities of Norristown, East/West Norriton, Bridgeport, Plymouth and Lower Providence.

Funding Needs

General operating funds, program sponsorships, endowment and planned giving support, title/naming opportunities.

Affiliations + Memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF NORRISTOW
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF NORRISTOWN

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Director of Operations

Mr. Kenneth Fennal

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. G. Lee Holmes Jr.

Allstate

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec

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