The WPAL Mentoring Program is a FREE program which matches Western Pennsylvania youth with compassionate, concerned, and interested adults from law enforcement and the community. Mentors and mentees will participate in weekly sessions offering a variety of activities such as character and leadership development, physical fitness, health and life skills, sports and recreation, arts and crafts, and education and career development programs.


When the Police Athletic League was formed in New York City back in the early 20th century, boxing was one

of its original activities and that continues to this day.  PAL Boxing has a long tradition of excellence and

over the years, many PAL boxers have gone on to great success with either professional boxing or with other aspects of their lives.


Today, Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League Boxing remains a cornerstone of mentoring programs.

WPAL’s philosophy is grounded in the belief that young people’s individual strengths and capabilities can guide them to mature, productive adulthoods with our encouragement and commitment.

WPAL is building champions for life.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of joining our program?

EDUCATION Mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track: High levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007)

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
Recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002)
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
  • In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
DAILY LIFE By being a consistent adult presence in a young person’s life, mentors can offer advice, share life their experiences, and help a young person navigate challenges. Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:
  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are: 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014) A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013) Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013) CAREER One study estimates that the human potential lost as a result of the educational achievement gap is the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession. (Mentoring: At the crossroads of education, business and community, 2015) By preparing young people for college and careers, mentoring helps develop the future workplace talent pipeline. (Mentoring: At the crossroads of education, business and community, 2015) Mentors can also prepare their mentees for professional careers and assist with their workplace skills by: Helping set career goals and taking the steps to realize them. Using personal contacts to help young people network with industry professionals, find internships, and locate possible jobs. Introduce young people to resources and organizations they may not be familiar with. Skills for seeking a job, interviewing for a job, and keeping a job. The number of ways mentoring can help a young person are as varied as the people involved in each program. While the lists and statistics can be impressive, personal stories can be even more impressive. Take a look at some mentoring success stories to see the impact of mentoring in real life.

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What are the benefits of youth boxing?

Set Goals

Kids learn how to set goals for themselves when they box. Their trainer might push to decrease their running time or increase their strength. Accomplishing small goals can make kids feel great. In this sport, kids are shown how to overcome challenges. All progress is noted and rewarded with recognition, and your kids do not have to win a tournament to feel good about achieving goals.


Boxing requires intense concentration to be successful in it. It is physically demanding but also tests kids’ mental strength. This can improve your kids’ attention in the classroom and improve academic success. Children who are physically active tend to concentrate better when facing challenges.


Fighting skills like hooks, uppercuts, and jabs can help your child defend themselves if they have to. Boxing teaches kids proper techniques that improve footwork and increase awareness and speed. Trainers always ensure kids understand organized fighting and only encourage them to use their skills outside of the ring for self-defense.

Instill Respect

Boxing teaches children to respect authority and their peers. Trainers teach self-respect and encourage kids to hold their head high at all times. Good sportsmanship is instilled early on and is a valuable lesson for kids to learn throughout their life. Boxers understand the importance of winning and losing gracefully.

Build Confidence

Giving young people positive affirmations helps them develop better self-esteem. Telling children you believe in their abilities sets them up for success. It helps them stay motivated and builds character knowing they can persevere through tough situations.

Social Development

While boxing is an individual sport, it still gives kids the chance to meet other kids. They may also get the opportunity to travel for tournaments, which gives them the chance to go somewhere new. Leagues are usually categorized by age group, so your child can make friends with people their age. They meet kids from different backgrounds and cherish memorable moments.


One of the most important lessons kids learn from boxing is discipline. This sport demands mental and physical strength. Kids overcome challenges that strengthen their character. They learn to respect the time and follow the rules. Boxing changes a kid’s behavior for the better and improves their mental focus.


Boxing sharpens kids’ problem-solving skills and teaches them about health and fitness. They appreciate the importance of a healthy diet because of how it will improve their performance in a match. Trainers teach proper form, which prevents injuries and young people remember these tools throughout their lives.

If you want your children to experience these benefits, join our program.