STAR/PAL brings youth & law enforcement together build safer communities tomorrow.

STAR/PAL Program Overview

STAR/PAL (Sports Training, Academics, Recreation/Police Athletic League) is a nonprofit organization that provides over 10,000 youth services annually in inner-city neighborhoods throughout the city and county of San Diego. STAR/PAL offers free educational, athletic, and recreational programs which focus on promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success. STAR/PAL program directors are officers from the San Diego Police & County Probation Departments. These dedicated officers coordinate unique programs for underserved youth, with the assistance of additional law enforcement and community volunteers. By bringing youth and law enforcement officers together in this manner, STAR/PAL helps build safer communities in the future.

STAR/PAL Mission Statement

The mission of STAR/PAL is to empower underserved youth to build a safer and more prosperous community by engaging with law enforcement and collaborative partners.


  • Promote youth safety through crime & violence prevention education
  • Cultivate youth empowerment through civic engagement & enrichment activities
  • Offer youth programming in underserved communities
STAR/PAL History
Initially two separate entities, the San Diego PAL Chapter was founded in 1988 and primarily served county areas whereas the STAR organization came into existence in 1993 to focus its programmatic efforts within city boundaries. The two organizations merged in April of 1998, representing the alignment of city, county, and community efforts. The unification of programs, staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors sought to ensure that all youth in the region have similar opportunities to participate and reap the benefits of youth programming with law enforcement officers, firefighters and community leaders. All STAR/PAL Program Directors are law enforcement officers who educate youth about the dangers of juvenile crime and violence.

The STAR/PAL Facility
STAR/PAL's organizational infrastructure and programmatic focus exemplify police and community collaboration. By having built its facility in Colina Del Sol Park surrounded by five neighborhood schools in City Heights, STAR/PAL offers a sense of safety to hundreds of youth who walk to and from school. Through a wide array of on-site and off-site youth programs, STAR/PAL promotes crime prevention, community building, and leadership development, all under the tutelage of police and probation officers. By having law enforcement personnel available to deter and address juvenile crime activity ranging from truancy and graffiti to gang activity and assaults, STAR/PAL has provided a resource for all youth and families that want to safely enjoy their community park.


City of San Diego
  • Police Department
  • Park & Recreation
  • Fire Department
  • Libraries
County of San Diego
  • Probation Department
  • Sheriff's Department
  • Parks & Recreation
San Diego Unified School District
  • Police Department
  • Area Schools
U.S. Marshals Service
Community & Corporate Support
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), City of San Diego
  • Corrections Corporation of America
  • Cox Communications
  • Cubic Corporation
  • Downtown Kiwanis
  • HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
  • Hervey Family Foundation
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jacobs Foundation
  • KB Home
  • Kearny Pearson Ford
  • Legler Benbough Foundation
  • Leichtag Foundation
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, County of San Diego
  • National PAL
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Parker Foundation
  • Price Charities
  • Rivkin Family Foundation
  • Rock Distribution, Inc.
  • San Diego Chargers Foundation
  • San Diego Metropolitan C U
  • San Diego Optimists Club
  • San Diego Padres Foundation
  • St. Germaine Children's Charity
  • Starbucks Foundation
  • Target
  • San Diego Union-Tribune
  • US Bank
  • Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation
  • Witt Properties

4110 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92105 | Phone: (619) 531-2718 Fax: (619)531-2782