POLICE YOUTH ALLIANCE:

Bridging The Gap

The Police Youth Alliance, launched in 2015, is an initiative of the IPCF to bridge the gap between police officers and children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The foundation is working with neighborhood schools to create programs taught by police officers that have appeal to the students, such as art, music, chess and dance. In partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department and Independence Mission Schools, this initiative was designed to create opportunities, through education, for police officers and students to interact in a positive manner.

The goal of this program is to foster positive interactions between kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods and the police patrolling in the area. The hope is to begin to change the current dynamic and bridge the gap between police officers and the community.

In President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, in which Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey was a part of, they stated “Law enforcement agencies should create opportunities in schools and communities for positive, non-enforcement interactions with police.”  The “Police Youth Alliance” was created by the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation in response to this statement and due to growing tensions between inner-city communities and law enforcement in recent years.

This initiative has been given the full support of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

 

      
Click here to view pictures from the various programs around the city.

2016 Police Youth Alliance Programs

CHESS:
St. Martin de Porres, 22nd District
St. Malachy, 22nd District
Holy Cross, 14th District
St. Frances Cabrini, 19th District
St. Rose of Lima, 19th District
St. Veronica, 25th District

READING:
St. Martin de Porres (four individual classes), 22nd District
Holy Cross, 14th District

ART:
St. Barnabas, 12th District

STEP:
St. Martin de Porres, 22nd District

 

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