12 Days of Giving: The Roseville Police Activities League keeps working for city's futureBy: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
The Roseville Police Activities League, or RPAL, is a nonprofit group that looks to shepherd troubled and disadvantaged teens away from the gang lifestyle and other forms of unhealthy decision-making. Directed by off-duty Roseville officers and a host of community volunteers, the RPAL program offers high-energy alternatives to hanging out on the streets, including mixed martial arts training, boxing, wrestling, Taekwondo, Zumba and cross-fit. The emphasis on physical exertion and discipline is balanced out with tutoring services and on-site mentors.
“We’ve had a lot of kids come through the doors with problems on their minds,” Roseville Police Lt. Merv Screeton told the Press Tribune this year. “Many of them have never been exposed to success of any kind that would help them to realize their own potential. We talk to them about their interests and what careers they like. We try to help them see what they are capable of."
RPAL needs monetary contributions of any amount to purchase new equipment for its popular Crossfit kids class. The group currently needs $5,000 to buy new climbing ropes, Olympic bumper weights and a rowing machine. RPAL representatives said any donation amount will help get close to this goal. RPAL also needs gently-used basketball shorts and general-purpose athletic shoes for teenagers. The program currently has a number of young people coming in without proper workout clothes. Additionally, RPAL could benefit from donations of gently-used bikes, to help some teens get to their classes and programs.
Nonprofit name: The Roseville Police Activities League
Mission: Fostering healthy lifestyles and success for Roseville’s youth
How to help: Donate to RPAL
Contact: Kaeley Kroening, RPAL Coordinator at 916-772-7725