Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (PAL) Peer Mentor
Carlos Espinoza has been a member of the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (PAL) After-School Mentoring Program since May 2010. He enrolled in the program as a fifth-grader and has continued faithfully in the program ever since. In 2014, Espinoza became a high school peer mentor as a freshman in high school. He has been matched with several kids over the past four years and has served as a big brother and a role model. Carlos attends Santa Fe South High School, where he excels as one of the best soccer players in the high school ranks.
“Carlos has stayed strong in his character and his commitment to the mentoring program,” said Ret. Captain Phil M. Carr, program coordinator. “He never complains about his personal life challenges. Carlos is a young man that the PAL Staff can count on.”
Carr said most high school mentors struggle to complete a minimum of 32 hours of volunteer time with the PAL Mentoring Program. Espinosa has completed 323 hours of volunteer service since he was a freshman. He still has half of his senior year left and is expected to reach 400.
“Carlos Espinoza has truly been a blessing to our mentoring program as a mentee and as a high school peer mentor,” Carr added.
About the Program: The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL) provides athletic programs, leadership skills training, and service opportunities to Oklahoma City students. Four full-time police officers run the programs in designated OKCPS schools during school hours. In addition, the PAL Center offers afterschool mentoring and martial arts programs, as well as our elementary athletic leagues, which take place after school and on weekends during their respective seasons. Any high school student in our program is considered a peer mentor, and all OKC PAL involvement will be considered as service hours. The program aims to drive change by providing positive opportunities for youth and their future.