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Welcome to the 
Akins PAL® program!
  • PAL® recognizes an innate capacity for social understanding, personal wellbeing, and community participation within every student.
  • PAL® nurtures and builds capacities to help youth develop protective factors helping them to achieve school and social successes which lead to a productive life.  
  • PAL® creates environments in which youth participate in productive pursuits with peers, utilizing skills they have learned like cultural competency, effective communication, decision making, higher order thinking skills, and resiliency building.
  • PAL® students learn to change the idea of peer pressure to influence others positively and ultimately, they make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Positive peer influence is utilized in PAL® as a central strategy for addressing issues like low achievement, at-risk youth, dropout prevention, substance abuse prevention, teen pregnancy, suicide, absenteeism, behavior problems, and other community issues.