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Purposeful Action, Creation & Engagement (P.A.C.E.)

In response to the increased police activity in downtown Redwood City and the need to address the gap in services and spaces for Opportunity Youth (ages 14-24) in our community, the Pal Center has launched the Purposeful Action Creation and Engagement (P.A.C.E) Program in collaboration with the City of Redwood City.

This program was designed to shift power and a sense of belonging back to the youth in our community. We continue to do this work by establishing authentic relationships with the youth and enabling them to create their own culturally relevant, youth-centered, and strength-based activities to foster a stronger sense of belonging in their own community. This program brought tremendous results during the pilot year, as indicated by the Redwood City Police Department data dashboard, where all typical youth-related calls, all disturbances, vandalism, petty theft, and use of illegal fireworks have all decreased significantly in our target geographic areas, therefore the city of Redwood City is now actively engaged in helping identify more sources of funding to expand our efforts throughout the entire community.

"We move at the pace of trust."

P.A.C.E. Program Partners

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