BAKERSFIELD POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE

Bonding Cops & Kids

aka BPAL   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.bakersfieldpal.org

Mission

Guiding at-risk youth through quality educational and athletic after-school programs to healthy alternatives to drugs, alcohol, gangs, and violence. Providing local youth with focus and direction, helping them become responsible citizens. Establishing positive relationships between youth, police, and the community.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Sgt. Santiago Baltazar

Main address

301 E. 4th Street

Bakersfield, CA 93307 USA

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EIN

77-0375436

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since its inception in 1995, the Bakersfield Police Activities League (BPAL) has brought life-changing experiences to at-risk children from the socioeconomically impoverished Bakersfield neighborhoods. Statistics show that more than 95% of the households in the neighborhoods surrounding the BPAL Center are predominantly Hispanic and some African-American, led by female single heads of household, and 97% of them are classified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as having “very low" or “extremely low" incomes. The threat of violence in these neighborhoods poses immense challenges for the children to stay focused at school. The schools in the BPAL service area rank between 1 and 4 on the scale of 1 to 10 in academic performance with an alarming number of the students falling below their respective grade levels.

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?

After School Tutoring

We have a quality tutoring program that helps children ages 8-17 (2nd - 12th grade) with their homework and other school assignments. Children are given help by volunteers and others, often on a one to one basis. The Tutoring Program is Monday - Thursday from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. This program is volunteer intensive. Tutors work with Elementary, Middle School and High School groupings on homework, reading, math and special reports and assignments. PAL's goal is for staff and volunteers to afford the children a three to one ratio of tutors to children. BPAL has increased the number of children consistently attending the after school tutorial to about 75children per day, per semester.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

The Girl's Social Leadership Development program is held every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 at BPAL. It helps girls develop their social skills, including friendship building, teacher relationships, anger management, social gatherings and job interviewing skills. This program targets girls from 5th to 12th grade and offers numerous guest speakers and community members who talk to the girls about contemporary social issues. Civic responsibility is stressed and the girls choose an organization to pair with for mentoring and service opportunities. This program impacts about 25 girls each semester.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Women and girls

Boxing was the first BPAL program. Our Boxing Program has about 50+ children from ages 8 to 17. The beginners program is Monday - Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. The advanced program is on Monday - Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. A number of our advance boxers compete in various state, regional and national competitions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Police Activities League Center is open during the school year Monday - Thursday from 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. for children to play in a safe supervised environment. Children are encouraged to become involved in one or more of the structured activities. During Summer, the Save Haven Program is converted to a Summer Day Camp with a weekly schedule of healthy activities. During the Camp, free hot lunches are provided.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Boy's Social Development program is held every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 at BPAL. It helps boys develop their social skills, including friendship building, teacher relationships, anger management, social gatherings and job interviewing skills. This program targets boys from 5th to 12th grade and offers numerous guest speakers and community members who talk to the boys about contemporary social issues. Civic responsibility is stressed and the boys choose an organization to pair with for mentoring and service opportunities. This program impacts about 25 boys each semester.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Basketball program is held in the spring each year for a duration of 8 weeks.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 Bakersfield Police Activities League's (BPAL) programs offer education guidance and life skills through preservations, open discussions, field trips, training, and community leader's presentations. The youth in the programs lack the resources needed to strive and change the pattern from generation to generation. The intended outcomes are to empower youth with life skills to know how to seat goals and obtain success by focusing on education in preparation for real life experiences. Our goal is to enrich young individuals with the needed skills so they can share what they learn to their peers and their families. Having the youth demonstrate what was taught to them, will allow more children to learn the life skills needed.

Through BPAL programs we provide a safe place away from drugs, gangs and violence to the youth of our community. Active participants in the BPAL Programs are expected to have gained significant improvement in areas of discipline, leadership, preparation for college, critical thinking and oral communication skills and develop a personal view of success. The BPAL programs are unique in that it provides youth the ability to succeed through discipline, confidence, respect and leadership skills.

These programs are designed specifically to empower youth between the ages of 11 and 17, who are most-adversely affected by such social devastations, to seek healthy life-style alternatives to the temptations of the streets through intense and goal-orientated after-school academic enrichment programs and life-skills training provided at BPAL. Overall program expenses borne by BPAL will come from our three annual fundraising events; Battle of the Badges, Hometown Heroes, Pull for PAL Clay Shoot. Which finance the basic costs of the overall operation.

The BPAL programs have exceeded our expectations. Our participants have shown significant improvement in areas of goal setting, education, understanding health and wellness, preparation for real life experiences, and displayed an increased level of competence and motivation to pursue their long term goals. The impact of our programs has extended beyond these youth directly involved through educating them about the importance of paying it forward and giving back to their community. The youth have learned about various non-profits and their functions in Bakersfield. Some of our youth volunteered their time by collaborating with various community outreach programs throughout the school year. The youth greatly improved in the areas of self-esteem, self-worth, professionalism, understanding the importance of being involved in the community through volunteering at local organizations. They have developed short and long term goals for their individual road to success. Several of the youth visited multiple Universities throughout the school year to learn about different opportunities available to them to further their education.

Financials

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Operations

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

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BAKERSFIELD POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lyle Martin

Kern County District Attorney's Office

Lyle Martin

Bakersfield Police Department

Chris Knutson

Bakersfield Police Department

Robert Fong

CSUB Criminal Justice

Jeff Buckey

St. Jude Medical

Chris Dalton

Bakersfield Police Department

Barry Hibbard

Central Valley Investments

Derek Jeffery

KGET-TV 17

Paul Meert

Rabobank

JJ Zahry

Kern County Probation Department

Chad Manning

Jim Burke Ford

Greg Williamson

Bakersfield Police Department (Ret.)

Ken Ouellette

Advance Beverage

Russell Martin

Russell d. Martin, CPA

Damon Youngblood

Bakersfield Police Department

Carl Leech

Mr. Tuxedo's

Jeannine Johnson

It's Your Party Rentals

Keith Stonebraker

Keith Stonebraker Ins Agcy Inc.

Rick McPheeters

Kern Medical

Jeremy Price

Alpha Media

Leslie Golich

Kaiser Permanente

Jason Matson

Bakersfield Police Department

Tony Marion

Stockdale Tile

Justin Garant

Clifford & Bradford

Scott Garrison

STRIA

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? Yes