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.

 

2013 program impact / highlights

# of Sites Site Visits Violence Reduction 6/26/2013 – 8/10/2013, Wednesdays-Saturdays Violence Reduction 8/16/2013 – 9/6/13, Fridays-Saturdays
32 sites 848,796 visits made to all 32 SNL sites 34.4% reduction in gang-related part 1 crimes for all SNL locations combined.
9.1% reduction in gang-related homicides.
42.8% reduction in shots fired.
39.7% reduction in victims shot.
33.8% reduction in aggravated assaults.
73.1% reduction in gang-related part 1 crimes for all SNL locations combined.
100% reduction in homicides.
87.5% reduction in shots fired.
85.7% reduction in victims shot.
83.3% reduction in aggravated assaults.
Meals Served Programming Highlights Programming Highlights Job Creation
530,497 total meals served 662 participants received free HIV/STD testing 3,918 participants attended Zumba clinics at the 32 sites
16,785 participants in an SNL art workshop
1,097 summer jobs created
352 at-risk youth hired and provided on-going training