The Summer Night Lights program is a public and private partnership undertaken by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (“GRYD”) and The GRYD Foundation.
As a violence-reduction program, Summer Night Lights targets one of the seasons of greatest need and those locations historically impacted by such violence (evidence shows increased gang-related violence during summer months.)
Summer Night Lights (“SNL”) operates at 32 locations across the City of Los Angeles, keeping recreation centers & parks open between the hours of 7 pm – 11 pm throughout the summer months. SNL expands the menu of activities at each site beyond what is traditionally offered. SNL Flyer (English) SNL Flyer (Spanish)
SNL gets families to the parks and offers a diverse range of activities so that everyone stays and participates.
In addition, the SNL program hires and trains teenagers and young adults from the community who are at-risk for gang involvement and/or gang-violence.
The GRYD Foundation helps the Summer Night Lights program by providing resources such as coaches, instructors, coordinators and intervention workers; oversight and administrative support; and apparel, food and supplies.
2014 program impact / highlights
|# of Sites||Site Visits||Violence Reduction 6/25/2014 – 8/9/2014, Wednesdays-Saturdays||Job Creation|
|32 sites||901,253 visits across all 32 SNL sites||during the Wednesday through Saturday programming the SNL program experienced a 15.4% reduction in gang-related crime in
the 32 SNL communities as compared to these locations in 2013. Additional data coming soon.
|1,068 local jobs created
352 at-risk youth hired and provided on-going training
|Meals Served||Programming Highlights||Programming Highlights||Sports Programming|
|563,283 total meals served||228 participants received free HIV/STD testing and information||19,177 community members participated in an SNL art workshop featuring classes such as acrylics, mosaic art, silk-screening, and edible gardening
11,402 participants attended Zumba clinics at the 32 sites
|10,611 youth participants in sports leagues
Sports clinics (LA Kings, LA Galaxy, LA D-fenders, Play Rubgy USA, CHIVAS USA, and WNBA/Coca Cola)
Supplemental sports such as dodge ball, flag football, volleyball, Zumba, ultimate obstacle course, ping pong and 3 point shooting contests offered on a drop-in basis