Ventura Police Activities League (PAL)



What is Ventura PAL

The Ventura Police Activities League, better known as Ventura PAL, is a not for profit 501c3 charitable organization.

For more information please visit the Ventura Police Activities League website at

Our mission is to promote involvement between the youth, the police, and the citizens of the City of Ventura by providing meaningful programs in the areas of sports, academics, education, and recreation; to improve the conditions and relationships within the community of Ventura; to promote scholastic opportunities; to foster and encourage faith in American principles and traditions; and to encourage the development of sportsmanship, friendship, citizenship, and good will within the youth of the City of Ventura.

All monies raised are used to provide our local youth with positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, and criminal behavior. PAL encourages kids to stay in school and offers students mentoring and tutoring opportunities. To accomplish our goal, PAL has partnered with the City's Community Services Department, making Ventura PAL a City-run program.

2012 Ventura PAL Football Charity Bowl

For the third year running Ventura PAL is proud to be sponsoring the Ventura County Police Hogs Football Team. 

The 2012 Ventura PAL Charity Football Bowl will take place on Saturday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m., at Buena High School as the Hogs take on the Fontana Eagles.

The Hogs Team is comprised of police officers from the VPD, Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, and officers from the California Youth Authority. The charity football game promises to be a great family event and a lot of fun, even better, all proceeds stay local and benefit Ventura PAL’s youth charity programs as we continue our mission of guiding our youth to a brighter future.

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PAL Programs

Ventura PAL supports many youth oriented programs and educational activities. This is accomplished primarily by way of PAL sponsoring and funding programs through the City of Ventura’s Community Services Department, and its highly successful Program Enrichment for After School Kids (PEAK) Program. The PEAK Program, which was established in 2001, is a partnership between the City of Ventura’s Community Services Department, Ventura PAL, and the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD).

The PEAK program is active on seven Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) campuses and serves nearly 500 children each day. Daily program components include academic assistance, a nutritional snack, enrichment activities that build character, including martial arts, junior chef, theater, photography, various sports, arts, climbing wall activities, and much more.

Various PAL and PEAK Programs include:


  • Boxing
  • Golf League
  • Handball
  • Martial Arts Classes
  • Pony Baseball League
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming Lessons
  • T-Ball
  • Tennis Clinic
  • Volleyball
  • Youth Packers Football League

Educational Programs:

  • Computer Classes
  • Tutoring Assistance
  • Photography Classes
  • Poetry
  • Field Trips:
    • Ventura Aquatic Center
    • Performing Art and Museum Outings
    • Whale Watching
    • Fishing Trips
    • Camping Trips
    • Universal Studios
    • Trips to College and Professional Sporting Events
  • Special Events
    • Backpack Giveaway
    • Computers – Cops & Kids Program
    • PAL Golf Tournament
    • Wildlife Experience
    • Seaside Days
    • Thanksgiving Dinner Donation Program

Everyone Benefits

When we provide our youth a chance for a better lifestyle, everyone benefits by:

  • Reduced crime in our community
  • Safer communities
  • Show kids that Police Officers can be their friend and role model
  • Provide alternatives to gangs, drugs, and "hanging out" on the streets.
  • Reach out to kids with constructive activities that build discipline and self-esteem.
  • Developing future responsible leaders

And it's good for business!

PAL programs create strong bonds between the police department and the communities they serve. The teamwork of Ventura PAL and the City of Ventura helps disadvantaged youth grow into productive citizens, and gives us a positive and proactive approach to crime prevention. It is better to build a child than mend an adult.

How can you help?

  • Volunteer your time
  • Donate facilities and equipment
  • Make a tax deductible donation (501c3)

Contact PAL

Ventura PAL
Attn: Mario Robinson
PO Box 3262
Ventura, CA 93006-3262

Ventura PAL Board of Directors

  • Sam Arroyo , President
  • Tom Higgins , Vice President
  • Gale Hartman , CFO
  • Jennifer Dunston , Secretary
  • Mario Robinson , Executive Director
  • Sal Flores, Member
  • Frank Padilla, Member
  • Eric Sheeler, Member
  • Mel Sheeler, Past President

Ventura PAL Advisory Board

  • Chairman, Chief Ken Corney
  • Dr. Trudy Arriaga
  • Bruce Bratton
  • Carolyn Casavan
  • Michael Case
  • Gary Clevenger
  • Charles Cornwell
  • Al Davis
  • Anita Diaz
  • Linda Groberg
  • Carrie Johnson
  • Bob Lewis
  • Michael Martin
  • Bruce McFadden
  • Garry Oswald
  • Jeff Roundy
  • Larry Salit
  • Tom Spence
  • David Sullivan
  • Zoe Taylor
  • Jerry Thurston
  • Greg Totten
  • Sharon Troll
  • Raylene Villalpando
  • Norm Weitzel
  • Gary Wilde