GRYD Foundation

Summer Night Lights

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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)

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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.

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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