What is the Youth Directors Program?
YDP is a Florida State Police Athletic League (PAL) program which encourages youth to give back to their community and assists them in becoming leaders in their community.
PAL's Youth Directors Council is a sub-group of the organization, based on performing community service. The YDC is designed to teach its members leadership, responsibility, and public speaking, as well as provide educational programs on topics such as drugs, gangs, and peer pressure.
How can YDP help me?
The YDP is designed to prepare members for the future. The YDP provides members an opportunity to learn life lessons to help prepare them for college and their adult lives.
Members are provided the opportunity, obtained through local project participation, to participate in regional training with other YDP groups from throughout the State of Florida. At training sessions, YDP members are able to listen to motivational speakers, get instruction on preparing financially for their future, self-defense, public speaking, self worth, and many other positive subject matters.
As a member of your local YDP, you can excel by running for an officer position for the regional portion of the program, called the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Members of the YAC serve as a voice to represent their region in decisions to the YDP.
Of those elected to YAC, twelve members throughout the state are selected to serve on the Youth Conference Committee (YCC). Members of the YCC work directly with the State PAL office staff in preparing, selecting speakers, and running the yearly YCC.
Community service hours completed while in the YDP can be used for Bright Futures Scholarships.
Members of the YDP's Youth Directors Council are required to:
- Be a Palm Bay PAL Member
- Between 12-17 years old
- Be of good moral character
- Be tobacco, drug, and alcohol free
- Must maintain a 2.0 GPA or above
- Attend local and regional meetings
- Attend local and regional community service projects
- Have a Positive Mental Attitude!!!