We believe every child should have a chance to succeed. PALS provides at-risk children opportunities to explore the environments that compose their world, addressing each child’s past experiences in order to ensure his or her present and future success.
As a result of difficult economic circumstances in the San Luis Valley, many families struggle with food insecurity and finding stable, affordable housing. The growing up in conditions of poverty can lead to difficult physical or emotional circumstances, which may become the root of other traumas, such as neglect or abuse. Children who have experienced significant traumas need extra support and attention during their formative years to ensure that the struggle of their youth and poverty does not repeated. Through PALS children are able overcome these challenges and have hope for a better and brighter future.
PALS meets the needs of children who come from difficult or traumatic backgrounds by providing a safe, structured environment with staff members who work to build trusting interpersonal relationships with each child.
Children are accepted into the PALS program on a referral basis. These referrals can come from multiple sources such as the Adelante program, the Shelter, the Alamosa County Department of Human Services & others. In addition to working closely with these agencies, PALS staff work alongside a child’s parents, teachers, caseworkers, and other service providers to serve each child in the best way possible.
All PALS activities aim to offer a positive, supportive environment and opportunities for children to broaden their personal experiences. The program is child lead and focused. Each week the kids meet one-on-one with staff members to set self-determined goals, together they create a plan to achieve them.
During the school year, daily activities at PALS include group sharing in circle time, snacks, help with homework, park outings, cooking lessons, art, and music sessions. On days when school is not in session or the summer, PALS runs a full-day program. These days involve special activities such as field trips around the San Luis Valley or elsewhere. PALS Pride is one way that the program gives back to the local community. Whether it is picking up trash, planting trees for Arbor Day, or handing out groceries at La Puente’s Alamosa Food Pantry, the PALS kids learn the important value of hard work and charity.
Volunteer as a PALS Big Buddy!
- Big Buddies offer an extra helping hand whether it’s for a day or for the entire year.
- If you have a special skill, share it with PALS by teaching a lesson and leading the children in a fun activity!
- Financial contributions help pay for field trips, healthy snacks, and materials for activities.