Police Activities League Mentors Richmond Youth

From left to right: Taelon Hill, Sylvia Montgomery, Larry Lewis, Mark Torres. Photos by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

From left to right: Taelon Hill, Sylvia Montgomery, Larry Lewis, Mark Torres. Photos by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

The Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) has added one-on-one youth mentoring to its slate of activities.

The program, started in April 2012, provided young people with life- skills building activities including workshops on a variety of topics including professionalism and entrepreneurship.

From left to right: Johnetta Hutson, Jermaine Thaxton, Gabby Bautista, Clarence Rice Jr., Officer Tong.

From left to right: Johnetta Hutson, Jermaine Thaxton, Gabby Bautista, Clarence Rice Jr., Officer Tong.

Participants receive a mentor from the broader community. Other activities include team building and trips to place like Six Flags, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

RPAL collaborated with Sylvia Montgomery of Best Impressions, who provided them with eight weeks of training in etiquette and social graces to promote social skills, interpersonal skills, proper dress and grooming guidelines.

The series concluded with a formal dinner at Hotel Mac, where students had the opportunity to apply their new social graces.

The RPAL mentorship program is facilitated by Brenda McCuistion, project manager. For more information, contact RPAL at (510) 621

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