Hill and Ragland elected new leaders of America’s largest non-profit youth organization tied to law enforcement

Abu Mubarik June 05, 2024
(left to right) Christopher Hill, newly-elected CEO of National PAL, and Kenny Ragland, newly-elected President of National PAL. Photo Credit: David Jeannot/Legacy III Media/Black News

Christopher Hill was recently elected as the CEO of America’s largest non-profit youth organization tied to law enforcement. The National Association of Police Athletic Activities Leagues (National PAL) has more than 300 chapters across the United States and the world serving two million youths ages 5-18.

Hill emerged as the new leader following National PAL’s annual training conference last month that ushered in new leadership. And at the end of the 79th annual conference that ran from May 7 to May 10, the Board of Directors selected African American Hill, National PAL’s immediate past President, to be its new CEO.

“I’m honored to accept this role, continuing to lead National PAL through an exciting period of expansion,” Hill said, according to a release cited by Black News. “We have an amazing story to tell, helping thousands of kids every year in hundreds of PAL chapters, changing young lives, and preventing crime through athletic team building, mentoring, and community service.”

In addition to Hill becoming the CEO of National PAL, another African American, Kenny Ragland, was elected President. Ragland was National PAL’s first Vice President and has now been elevated along with several new Board members.

“Collectively, as the curators of future humanity, National PAL will create a pathway of success for the millions of America’s youth we serve daily,” said Ragland. “My focus during this two-year tenure will include the enhancement of our organization infrastructure and the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan to increase the organization’s ability to secure unrestricted funding.”

National PAL provides mentorship, service, athletics, recreational enrichment, educational opportunities, and resources to PAL Membership Chapters to prevent youth crime and violence. A grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programmes, and U.S. Department of Justice funds National PAL’s National Mentoring Grant Programmes.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: June 5, 2024

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