Photo Gallery | AUBURN PAL celebrates one year

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Auburn Police Department looked at four years of crime data and found that twenty three percent of all crimes committed by youth offenders in Auburn took place within an area of less than half a square mile. Twenty five percent of all police calls for service and twenty eight percent of all youth victims were victimized in this same area. In an effort to transform these statistics, the Auburn Police Department established the Auburn Police Activities League (PAL). Auburn’s City Council turned over a vacant city property at 24 Chestnut Street, and in April of last year, the Auburn PAL Center opened, right at the heart of the half-square mile area identified by crime data.The Auburn PAL Center has been providing educational and athletic activities for kids after school and during the summer, not to mention positive interaction with police officers. “We are changing young lives,” said Police Chief Phil Crowell. “These kids love the PAL Center. Our first year has been incredible, and there is still so much more to be done, so much potential.” A few highlights from the first year at Auburn PAL:• More than 100 kids received brand new running shoes and/or winter boots• More than 100 kids participated in the PAL summer running program; a few even ran in the Lake Auburn Half Marathon - Kids Fun Run• With guidance and instruction from Master Gardeners from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the PAL kids created an incredible community garden full of flowers and vegetables• “Snack drives” by local businesses to help provide healthy snacks for PAL kids• At-risk kids between the third and eighth grades spent time at the PAL Center, getting homework help, learning from mentors, cooking, playing games and having fun in a safe environment with trusted volunteersThe PAL Center has a part-time PAL Coordinator now, and together with the APD’s elementary school resource officers and some dedicated community volunteers, the programs are really starting to come together.Auburn Police Department– 2 – May 5, 2014Auburn PAL’s signature fundraiser is called Leadercast. This is a one-day leadership training event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 9 to host sites around the world, including Auburn. Leadercast helps raise much-needed funds to support the programs & mission of the PAL Center.The Auburn PAL host site is the ONLY site in Maine, and this event attracts a diverse audience of business professionals, law enforcement professionals, educators, entrepreneurs, and adult and youth leaders within our community. “This is our fourth Leadercast, and we are proud to host an event that not only develops leaders within our community, but also supports programs for at-risk kids,” said Crowell. “This conference is great for leaders at every level - it really shows how to lead in life.”Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme - Beyond You - challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Speakers at Leadercast 2014 include:o Andy Stanley, Leadership author and communicatoro Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate & human rights activist live from Cape Town, South Africao Malcolm Gladwell, Journalist and best-selling authoro Randall Wallace, Screenwriter, director, producer & songwritero Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AGo Laura Schroff, Former ad sale executive and best-selling authoro Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical psychologist and leadership consultanto Simon Sinek, Best-selling author and leadership experto Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States via exclusive video interviewo Featuring special LOCAL guest speaker: William J. Ryan, Jr., business leader and President and Owner, Maine Red Claws Leadercast will be held at the East Auburn Baptist Church (560 Park Avenue) on Friday, May 9 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Tickets are $99. Conference materials and lunch will be provided. For tickets or more information about Leadercast, call Liz Allen at 333-6650 x2070 or visit Leadercast Auburn PAL is proudly sponsored by Center Street Dental, Auburn Housing Authority, the Criminal Justice Club at CMCC, Austin Associates, Hair by Gregory’s, Harriman, East Auburn Baptist Church and other generous community partners.

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