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LA This Week Covers Summer Night Lights During COVID-19

SNL has become a summer staple in the Los Angeles communities most impacted by gang violence. This year, the program has shifted to include “Grab and Go” meals with activity kits.

GRYD Foundation Awarded a California Arts Council Grant

The California Arts Council announced a grant award of $5,000 to The GRYD Foundation as part of the California Arts Council Organizational Development program. With support from the California Arts Council, The GRYD Foundation will engage Marlené Nancy López to develop an earned income strategy for GRYD Foundation to engage underemployed artists to create beautifully crafted art pieces that GRYD Foundation can market and sell at local events and online.

Summer Night Lights Keeps Parks Open Late, Provides Activities for Kids

Summer Night Lights Keeps Parks Open Late, Provides Activities for Kids. By Jada Montemarano South Los Angeles PUBLISHED 6:46 PM ET Aug. 06, 2019 PUBLISHED 6:46 PM EDT Aug. 06, 2019. SHARE. SOUTH LOS ANGELES – Summer Night Lights brings out kids of all ages. It’s a tradition for many, even for the counselors, like Natasha Johnson, who…

Summer Night Lights Aims to Reduce Gang Violence

Summer Night Lights Aims to Reduce Gang Violence. By Spectrum News Staff Los Angeles PUBLISHED 10:59 AM ET Apr. 15, 2019 PUBLISHED 10:59 AM EDT Apr. 15, 2019. SHARE. The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, along with the GRYD Foundation, aims to increase resiliency in neighborhoods.

Chargers Support Key to Expansion of Summer Night Lights Program

“We know Summer Night Lights is a proven difference-maker,” Spanos said. “You’ve heard all the stats, it’s unbelievable. We know it reduces violence, it builds communities (and) it makes communities safer. We also know that SNL needed more funding to operate at its full potential and that’s why we’re here today.

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‘Summer Night Lights’ Kicks Off 10th Summer of Providing Fun, Safe Spaces for Young People and Families

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti officially kicked off the 10th consecutive summer of Summer Night Lights (SNL), a landmark program that keeps parks and recreation centers open late to provide young people and families with safe, fun gathering spaces during the summer months.


Summer Night Lights program to keep LA parks open late for kids

HIGHLAND PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Summer Night Lights program, aimed at combating the influence of street gangs with positive action, will keep 32 recreation centers and parks opened later in Los Angeles. The program, in its ninth year, allows children and their parents to enjoy the public areas until 11 p.m. during the […]

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L.A.’s Summer Night Lights program focuses on at-risk youth

To encourage family fun and fight gang violence, dozens of parks across Los Angeles will keep the candle burning beginning Wednesday night. The Summer Night Lights 2015 will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 32 parks across the city, including six in the San Fernando Valley. In early August, they’ll […]


Summer Night Lights keeps parks open late, offers “sense of community”

Since late June, the program run by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) with support from the Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies has held open 32 city parks through 11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, creating a safe place for families to enjoy sports, games, art classes and other activities […]


After-hours park program aimed at helping reduce gang violence begins in LA

Wednesday kicks off the latest season of Summer Night Lights, an anti-gang initiative meant to curb violence by keeping L.A. parks open after-hours. Now in its sixth season, the program takes place at 32 public parks throughout the city, which are chosen based on their proximity to areas with high rates of gang-related crime. In […]


Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness

LOS ANGELES — Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. Its location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or […]