PLATINUM2023

SANTA BARBARA POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE

Building the bridge between cops, kids, and our community.

aka SBPAL   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.sbpal.org

Mission

The Santa Barbara Police Activities League (SBPAL) strives to build the bridge between cops, kids, and our community through mentorship, leadership, and academic enrichment programs. PAL focuses on three primary areas: Academic Enrichment, Teen Leadership, and Mentorship.

Notes from the nonprofit

Over the past few years, PAL has undergone significant growth in programs. With new school district policies restricting non-profit programs on junior high campuses, PAL focused on developing partnerships to bring more programs in-house. Daily attendance at our Twelve35 Teen Center increased from 20-25 members to 40-45 members and we expect that number to grow as we develop and expand our programs.

Ruling year info

2000

Director

Mrs. Judie Lugo

Founder/President

Kent Wojciechoski

Main address

PO Box 91121

Santa Barbara, CA 93190 USA

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EIN

77-0523426

NTEE code info

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PAL believes that one of the strongest deterrents to juvenile delinquency and gang influence is to engage youth in structured activities, and to provide youth with educational leadership programs. With the current national climate towards law enforcement and immigrants, PAL programs are vital in building strong community relationships and in providing an avenue for under-served or minority youth to create a promising future for themselves and their families. The achievement gap in Santa Barbara is well documented and continues to be a major problem within minority student populations. According to the California Department of Education, graduation rates for the 2016-2017 school year for Hispanic/Latino students was 84.8% compared to 90.2% for their white peers. Conversely, the drop-out rates during the 2016-2017 school year for Hispanic/Latino students was 8.4% and 6.0% for their white peers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

ACADEMICS: LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

Life After High School Academy, is a program designed to reduce youth crime by providing a safe and supportive environment for socio-economically disadvantaged youth. The main objective of the program is to help students achieve academic success and graduate from high school with a plan for their future. The program includes tutoring, college and trade school visits, financial assistance for college application fees, and access to a College and Career Advisor, among other services. Through the program, students will also experience improvements in self-confidence, a positive outlook on law enforcement and develop civic responsibility. The program is open to students referred by the Santa Barbara Unified School District, local police officers, community agencies and peer-to-peer referral among students. SBPAL aims to continue its 9-year trend of 100% high school graduation rates and 100% post-secondary education enrollment among seniors.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
Preteens
At-risk youth

Teen Leadership programs aim to foster the development of character, emotional intelligence, and a sense of social responsibility in teenagers. The programs encourage teens to make a positive impact on their communities by participating in community service projects and leadership training. One such program is the Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The YLC is composed of highly motivated and dedicated high school students who have been selected through an extensive interview process. To be eligible, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and participate in community service projects. The weekly YLC meetings provide opportunities for participants to complete their education, prepare for post-secondary education and learn and demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills. YLC members are encouraged to become self-responsible, give back to the community, and serve as role models for their peers and younger populations.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
Preteens
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics

Family/Community Outreach programs focus on giving back to the community. The Campership Alliance Program is a collaboration between PAL and 14 non-profit agencies which offer low- income families summer camp scholarships for their children. PAL provides the staffing and support for the program, including income verification, matching kids to their appropriate camps, and providing transportation. Last year PAL allocated more than 500 camp scholarships. PAL also provides holiday programs to families referred by family advocacy groups, including a holiday dinner for more than 200 low-income family members and “Help Portrait” day, which provides professional quality family portrait to more than 60 families. PAL will be partnering with SBUSD to offer parent workshops geared towards non-English speaking parents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Leadership in Action 2007

Nonprofit Support Center

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, Preteens, Social and economic status

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LEADERSHIP

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The goal of PAL’s programs and activities is to expand the learning period of public schools and help close the achievement gap through after-school program enrichment. Focused on serving low-income youth at risk of poor academic achievement and gang involvement, PAL programs help steer teens towards successful academic and career goals through educational and character building programs offered at the teen center programs while fostering positive relationships between the youth and law enforcement personnel. During the last school year, more than 100 youth received services through the tutoring lab, averaging a 3.15 GPA, and PAL experienced a 100% High School graduation rate for the senior participants. Academic achievement for the demographic of PAL students is a social change. By receiving the opportunity, the tools and the resources necessary to improve their current realities, PAL students will begin to change the socio-economic status of their communities.

Rather than advocating solely a law enforcement solution to negative behavior & gang issues, PAL unites and supports families by providing educational opportunities and supervised after-school programs. , PAL provides programs at no cost to families and focuses on three primary areas: Teen Center Enrichment, Teen Leadership, and Family/Community Outreach.
The Teen Center Enrichment programs provide youth with development & learning opportunities in the following area: educational, sports & health, art & culture, and social recreational. Teens are able to interact and socialize with their peers in a safe environment, free from the pressures and negative influences on the streets.
Teen Leadership programs inspire youth to better their communities by participating in community service projects, and to become more effective leaders by participating in leadership training designed to prepare them for post-secondary education and/or careers in law enforcement or automotive industry.

PAL employees one full-time bi-lingual Program Director with over 10 years experience developing programs, and working with youth and other agencies. The teen center also employees on full-time bi-lingual Campership and Family Outreach Coordinator with over 7 years experience working with families and other family and youth advocacy agencies. PAL's three part-time staff are PAL alumni and provide mentoring and supervision to the teen center members. PAL partners with other agencies to achieve our goals, including YMCA, City of SB, Musicology SB, Cal-SOAP, Westmont College, UCSB, and the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Additionally, police officers assist with camps and programs to provide mentoring to the teen center members. PAL's Board of Directors and the Santa Barbara Police Department are committed to ensuring the sustainability of the PAL programs.

During the past 5 years, PAL has experienced 100% high school graduation rates for seniors. Last year, the leadership programs averaged a 3.25 GPA and have accumulated nearly 3000 community service hours. Two major programs have been established: Musicology SB and DRAGG - Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti. Teen Center participation averages 45-50 daily, and the tutoring center averages 25 students daily and averaged a 3.21 GPA. Parental involvement has increased as PAL staff provides support during school conferences and by offering parent workshops in collaboration with SBUDS.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SANTA BARBARA POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Kent Wojciechoski

Retired Police Officer/Founder

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Jonathan Keith

Laguna Capitol Management

Term: 2019 - 2023

Richard Auhll

Darryll Dewan

John Dixon

Tri-County Produce

Adrian Gutierrez

Santa Barbara Police Department

Tom Shapiro

Santa Barbara City Attorney

Jim Stretchberry

Jonathan Keith

Laguna Capital

John Van Donge

Stifel

Tracy Colahan

Waypoint Acquity

Angela Rodriguez

City of SB

Charlie Katsapis

Santa Barbara Police Department

Audry Nafziger

County of Ventura

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data