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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Feb. 14, 201212:00 PM EST

Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Lt. Derrick Mitchell Sr.

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Executive Director
Police Athletic League of Jacksonville Inc.

Mission 
In an effort to reduce juvenile crime and instill positive values, character and leadership skills, PAL provides safe activities for the youth of Jacksonville. Our athletic and educational programs emphasize positive interaction with law enforcement officers and other adult role models. 

Serving Jacksonville
PAL was incorporated in 1972.

Those served
We serve more than 3,000 children annually. PAL has four community-based locations and also operates after-school programs at R.L. Brown Elementary School and Palm Avenue Exceptional Center. These are the community-based locations: Headquarters at 2165 W. 33rd. St., Northside; 3450 Monument Road at Ed Austin Regional Park, Southside; 441 Day Ave., Mallison Park, Westside; and 1050 Franklin St., Eastside.

Biggest challenge
Fundraising in this tough economic climate.

Biggest satisfaction
Making a positive impact in the lives of the children and families that we serve. 

Hometown
Jacksonville

First experience with community service 
Serving as a basketball coach at Northwestern Middle School.

Your job before PAL
Patrol lieutenant for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Upcoming events to benefit your nonprofit 
Feb. 25: Media Dodgeball Tournament at the Monument Road PAL

May 17: 40th Anniversary Celebration of PAL at the Monument Road PAL.

Contact information
www.jaxpal.com

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