The GRYD Foundation is a 501c3 public charity that collaborates with the City of Los Angeles and other community partners to reduce gang violence and to promote positive youth development.
What’s our mission? To create safer, healthier and stronger communities that we all can enjoy and be proud to call home, starting in Los Angeles…one individual and one family at a time.
What’s our focus? Summer Night Lights, a program that reduces violent crime while promoting peace, positive activities, and healthy outcomes for the residents of 32 communities across the City of Los Angeles. Summer Night Lights focuses on areas most impacted by gang violence, unemployment, and with high concentrations of youth and young adults.
Positive Youth Development
Summer Night Lights, a part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Summer of Success 2014, is an effective public / private partnership that brings together a nonprofit agency (The GRYD Foundation) working with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development and the Department of Recreation & Parks to create safe, healthy and strong neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.
“Much more than keeping parks open and helping young people, Summer Night Lights does more…SNL builds community…it puts the community in charge of its own fate…and they set the standard for behavior that’s acceptable to their community…it gives LAPD huge interaction with community and builds trust, and that’s the gold standard….”
–Chief of Police Charlie Beck
Your donation makes a direct impact: ninety five percent (95%) of our expenses are spent on programming. With your help, The GRYD Foundation can continue to support services that will lead to reductions in gang violence, reductions in gang involvement, and increases in positive youth development.