“We want to help [kids] become successful students and citizens in their community while helping to blow off steam and developing their skills in their recreational desires” Officer Tawrence Walton. 

Program Facilitator, Officer Tawrence Walton with prior PAL participants

Mentoring and Academic Support for Grades 5 – 8

In partnership with University of Chicago Police Activities League (UCPAL), HPNC is offering the PAL After School Mentoring Program for 5th-8th graders (ages 10-13).

This holistic program nurtures positive relationships and cohesive community through a combination of:

  • group-based mentoring
  • homework help
  • reflection circles
  • recreational activities
  • field trips

Facilitated by six-year UCPD veteran and mentor, Tawrence Walton, in collaboration with HPNC staff and volunteers, 20 young people (boys and girls) will be accepted into this program beginning in January 2020.

HPNC will provide snack and transportation from select neighborhood schools for this Monday through Friday after-school program.

Mentees will have a safe haven to work on character development, academics and build long-lasting friendships with one another. They will compete through sports to learn greater life lessons such as determination, teamwork, respect, and accountability. Mentees have a safe haven to build character, friendships, as well as life skills such as determination, teamwork, respect, and accountability.

The National PAL Curriculum includes education on citizenship and aims to transform the relationships between police officers and the next generation, through positive and heart-felt connections where officers serve as coaches, mentors, and allies.

Hours are 3-6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

Participants must be eligible and approved for Illinois Action for Children with Hyde Park Neighborhood Club listed as designated provider.  If you do not already have approval, you need to apply quickly as it may take 4-8 weeks for approval. Here is a link to start your application: https://www.actforchildren.org/for-families/paying-for-child-care/.