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Friday, July 22, 2016

Devonshire PALS - making a difference in the lives of valley youth

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley fully supports and appreciates all the time and effort to operate the PALS facility in Northridge.

Kudos to Sue Bruno, Executive Director, her board, staff, volunteers and sponsors in supporting valley children with after-school programs in areas such as computer access, after-school tutoring, homework help, reading and science classes. 

On July 18th, the LAPD Devonshire Police Activity League Supporters, (PALS), had its annual golf tournament fundraiser at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge. This event raises money to support weekday and weekend programming to allow kids to be in a safe environment, learning, playing and having fun. The goal of PALS is to build on the idea that young people, reached early, can develop positive attitudes toward police officers by spending time with them in a recreational or educational setting.

The PALS program has chapters at community police stations throughout L.A. and in other cities around the U.S. 

Devonshire PALS president Paul Marks presented scholarships to three outstanding young people in the youth programs supported by the PALS. Sponsors of the scholarships included Northridge Toyota, Rickey Gelb and family, and retired L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael S. Luros as well as other anonymous donors.

Greg Baker was honored with an award for his role in the creation of Devonshire PALS and for his decades of support. 

PALS also offers sports clinics and competitions, cheerleading classes, martial arts instruction, art classes and teen leadership training.

PALS programs at the Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center in Northridge are offered Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., including holidays and summer vacation. It is open to all kids ages 7 to 17.  

Please support your local PALS facility.  Devonshire PALS can be reached at: 8721 Wilbur Ave, Northridge, CA 91324 and (818) 885-6433 and

Contributed by Michel (Michael) Stevens.

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