Police Activities League takes local kids fishing | Homes and lifestyle

Posted on July 12, 2022
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A PAL participant catches a fish on a sport fishing boat off the coast. (Courtesy picture)

Local youth from the Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL) head outdoors and learn how to fish. Over the past three months, fishing trips have taken them to Goleta Pier, Lake Cachuma and on a sport fishing boat off the coast.

“The Fishing Events have been extremely popular with our students and provide them with a new opportunity to get out and explore all that Santa Barbara has to offer,” said Judie Lugo, Executive Director of PAL. “Our local police officers oversee these events, which are wonderful opportunities to build relationships with young people.”

For the majority of young people, it is the first time they have fished. The participants are aged 6 to 18 and come from 10 different local schools. PAL received funding from California
Vamos has Pescar Education Fund from the Department of Fish and Wildlife to provide fishing experiences.

At each event, attendees learn lessons about clean oceans, the cultural importance of fishing to the Chumash in Santa Barbara, and safe fishing practices. All the young people received fishing licenses and rods which they can keep.

“I felt happy and proud to be able to catch a fish, especially because it was my first time fishing with friends,” said a PAL student. “The wind was crazy and it made fishing difficult. I had so much fun and can’t wait to get back to fishing.

Santa Barbara PAL strives to bridge the gap between police, children and the community through educational, athletic and leadership enrichment programs. PAL, at the Twelve35 Teen Center, provides teens with academic support and enrichment programs such as fitness classes and equipment, environmental education, and referral support for social-emotional well-being and mental.

To learn more about PAL, visit www.sbpal.org.

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Richard V. Johnson