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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.
Why Mentor?Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.
What makes a good Mentor?Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor, or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities: A sincere desire to be involved with a young person Respect for young people Active listening skills Empathy Ability to see solutions and opportunities Flexibility
What are the benefits of Mentoring?Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to: Have fun Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work Enhance their relationships with their own children Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.
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