This award-winning program has brought civic partners together to serve over 6 million Angelenos and reduce gang-related violence.
Summer Night Lights (SNL) is an award-winning program that uses cross-sector partnerships to make Los Angeles communities safer, healthier, and more resilient.
In neighborhoods at risk from gang activity, SNL taps into the resources of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) team, the L.A. Police Department, and L.A.’s Recreation and Parks Department to keep city parks open into the evening throughout the summer. At each site, local nonprofits and trained staff provide free family-oriented athletics, arts, learning, food, and health and wellness. In 2022, the program expanded from 32 parks to 43 participating parks.
Over ten summers, the program has become a national model for civic partnerships done right. By creating a bridge for private funding, MFLA has broadened the reach of Summer Night Lights to hundreds of thousands of families across L.A.
Since 2008, SNL has provided free-of-charge programming to over 5.6 million community members, served over 3.5 million healthy meals, and created over 9,174 jobs including 2,220 youth hires.
Through Fall Friday Nights, aspects of SNL continue each year at L.A. parks into November. MFLA is proud to continue facilitating this eagerly-anticipated summer mainstay for some of the city’s most vulnerable communities.
View more at: https://www.lagryd.org/summer-night-lights.html
*Reduced 2021 SNL programming due to COVID-19 pandemic