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Born and raised in Jersey City, Tyshaun started out with JCPAL when he was 7 or 8, but quit. He didn’t have much of a focus, and his mother (Lashone) was looking for ways to keep him out of trouble.
A chance meeting with coach Mike Martin changed Tyshaun’s path. He encouraged him to join the JCPAL football team at age 10, and Tyshaun stuck with it for 4 years.
Tyshaun became focused, diligent, and began to excel in school (making the Dean’s List). These qualities got him into Hoboken High School (known for its excellent sports program).
As a freshman on the football team, he helped them to win a state championship in the 2015-16 season.
“JCPAL has had an amazing effect on him. It kept him on track. Coach Mike provided inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and a personal trainer all in one. Tyshaun goes back to JCPAL now as a volunteer because he wants to give back to the community, and help the kids coming up now.” – Lashone (Tyshaun’s mother)Tyshaun
“JCPAL taught me all the aspects of law enforcement. It showed me the good side of policing, rather than what the media portrays. It made me want to become an officer even more. It helped me to stay out of trouble.
A year after completing the Explorers program, I became a Class I Special Officer in Hackensack, and another year later, a Class II officer. I’m currently pursuing a full time position in another police department, and volunteering as an advisor in the JCPAL Explorer program.
I always wanted to be a cop, but the program helped me to keep positive. I can still call my mentors to get advice, and that means a lot.”Maurice
“If it wasn’t for the PAL program, it would never have opened my eyes to a career in law enforcement. I wouldn’t have gotten a glimpse into a day in the life of a police officer. As of right now, I’m pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Coming from the urban community, you don’t get a lot of interaction with police officers unless you are getting in trouble. It was a really good program- I was able to connect with mentors and make friends that I still keep in touch with. It was such a positive experience.
The PAL is a safe place for kids in the urban community to go, interact with each other and with police officers, and do things they would not normally have the opportunity to do.”Christina
In a neighborhood where run-ins with the police are frequent, and never positive, the likelihood of Royaal dropping out of school, and going to prison was high. By the age of 18, most of his crew had gone to in jail.
He joined JCPAL at age 7, playing football, wrestling, and eventually rugby. Sports kept him focused, disciplined, and out of trouble.
At 14, he was able to get into a private high school to play rugby, graduating 4 years later with the “Athlete of the Year” award in 2016.
He also got to travel across the U.S. playing rugby, which gave him exposure to a world beyond his neighborhood. JCPAL also gave people exposure to Royaal; including college scouts!
Instead of becoming a statistic, Royaal graduated high school, earned a scholarship to a full 4-year college, and is the first in his family to go away to school.Royaal