PAL steps it up to help at-risk kids in Alpharetta.

Being a kid isn’t getting any easier, but thanks to a joint effort between Jackson Healthcare staffers and local law enforcement officers, an effective youth mentoring program will continue to thrive and grow. On October 6, the PAL Patrol 5K race raised $37,000 in October for the Alpharetta Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL).

The group is located in Alpharetta and serves kids throughout north and south Fulton County. Although it is well-known for getting at-risk kids involved in athletics, PAL serves all kids, teaching and mentoring youth for individual growth through relationships.

Associates from Jackson Healthcare helped with operational aspects and several also ran the race.

Alpharetta PAL conducts leadership programs in public schools, as well as offering mentoring programs and activities in music, tutoring, literacy, boxing and fitness, basketball, and soccer. Last year, 129 kids participated in an eight-week summer program, while more than 1,000 benefit from Alpharetta PAL activities each year. Executive Director Veronica Carew serves as both taskmaster and surrogate mother, encouraging students to push through difficult challenges and achieve their goals. She creates a family atmosphere so strong that PAL kids call her from college to get her input, while many also include her in the celebration of their newly-minted bachelor’s degrees. This year’s annual race marked the 10th consecutive year that Jackson Healthcare has partnered with Alpharetta PAL.