The GRYD Foundation

The GRYD Foundation believes that no one’s potential should be limited or cut short because of their zip code.  Our mission is to strengthen Los Angeles communities impacted by gang violence, poverty and unemployment.  We do this via a public private partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (“GRYD” Office.)  What does that mean?  To strengthen and stabilize communities that have been adversely affected by high incidents of violence, poverty and unemployment,  it takes the public sector (City / GRYD Office) and the private sector (nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate partners) working together.  Together, we are building a safer, stronger, healthier Los Angeles! We like to call it The GRYD Effect!

The GRYD Effect

It is in the spirit of “it takes a village…” that The GRYD Foundation partners with the Mayor’s GRYD Office to help implement key aspects of the GRYD comprehensive strategy, namely Summer Night Lights, Gun Buy Back and special initiatives designed to promote peace and build trust among law enforcement and community members.  As we are approaching the 10th season of Summer Night Lights, we are excited to expand and deepen the impact of this important work!

The GRYD Foundation is building on the SNL legacy by offering year round case management services for Summer Night Lights Youth Squad alumni.  And we are working to create even more opportunities for community members and law enforcement to engage in peaceful, positive activities — breaking down barriers and building trust via sports, arts, food and fun!

“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…”

Charlie Beck, Chief of Police