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ITEM C

M E M O R A N D U M

DATE: June 22, 2004

TO: Mayor and City Council
John Stevenson, City Manager

FROM: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Poldina Scherff, Recreation Services Manager
Michael Davies, Chief of Police

RE: Update on Brentwood Police Activities League collaboration with the
City of Brentwood

During the past year, the Brentwood Police Activities League, the City of Brentwood Police Department, and the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department have collaborated to provide a number of programs for the youth of Brentwood. On behalf of the Board of Brentwood PAL, City staff wanted to give a brief update on the progress of this collaboration.

The main program of collaboration during the past school year was the PAL – After the Bell (ATB) after school program at Loma Vista Elementary (4 -5th grades) and Edna Hill Middle School (6-8th grades). The following is a breakdown of the program and statistical information, as well as a program overview:

• PAL-ATB program is free to participants and features a nutritious snack, homework assistance, life skills, character development, crime prevention, and recreational activities.
• The program is all enhanced by an asset-based curriculum geared toward strengthening the 40 developmental assets (see attachment) within our children at our school sites.
• During the school year, of the 40 developmental assets, we directly strengthened 10 including: community values youth, safety, school boundaries, homework, reading for pleasure, caring, honesty, planning and decision making, resistance skills, and peaceful conflict resolution skills. As a result of conducting the PAL-ATB program, 4 more assets were strengthened: other adult relationships, caring school climate, adult role models, and self-esteem.
• During the school year we have seen an increase in participation every quarter, including a very diverse population. The Loma Vista site ended the school year with 67 registered participants. Edna Hill ended the year with 73. The daily attendance at each site fluctuated between 20 and 34 kids each day. Ironically, of the total registered participants 67 were girls and 73 were boys.
• Several times each month, City of Brentwood, School Resource Officers, as well as uniformed officers came by the sites and interacted with the program participants.

In addition to the ATB program, a number of other programs were offered, including:

• California Police Activities League (CAL PAL) offered free field trips for the year were: Halloween at Smith Family Farms in October, Holiday Skate Party in December and Snow Play Day in January. We had full attendance for all the trips.
• In February, CALPAL sent a group of ten local high and junior high school Wrestlers to a Wrestling Tournament in Colorado.
• In March we took four participants from the Edna Hill PAL-ATB program to the CALPAL Sacramento Experience to inspire youth to make a difference and become the next leaders in our community through local government.

The Brentwood PAL has developed a comprehensive fund raising campaign, including:

• Brentwood PAL letter campaign
• Cornfest
• OMNI Funding
• Superbowl/Cook-Off
• Police Athletic League Youth Enrichment Program (PALYEP) grant
• Community donations from KB Homes, Summerset in Brentwood Charities, and many community contributors

The Brentwood PAL board and the City will continue to expand and offer additional youth programs in 2004/05. With additional funding from the PAL Board, the PAL-After the Bell 2004/05 program will be expanding to include William B. Bristow Middle School. This additional site will be operated within the current City funding, with all additional financial assistance be raised by the Brentwood PAL board.

Staff will present a brief overview of the program and will be provide copies of After The Bell letters of correspondence the program participants have prepared for City Council.

Attachment:
40 Developmental Assets

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