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Saturday Night Lights

Saturday Night Lights (SNL)

The Saturday Night Lights Initiative, spearheaded by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, seeks to reduce youth violence and increase successful completion of middle and high school by kids who live or go to school in Manhattan. On weekend nights, when the risks for juvenile crime and juvenile crime victimization are at their highest, the five Saturday Night Lights program sites open their doors to kids, ages 11-18, in need of a safe, supervised, and healthy outlet. Using forfeiture money seized through drug cases, the program has hired professional sports trainers from Pro Hoops Inc., AllStarr Volleyball, City Soccer and Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership to provide high-quality sports training. A true collaboration among law enforcement, social service agencies, and sports trainers, the program also promotes positive interactions with members of the NYPD, DEA, and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Trainers, officers, prosecutors and support staff interact with the kids in a fun atmosphere and also are able to speak with them about the dangers of drugs, gangs and carrying weapons. To date we have served over 3,000 kids. Professional training is currently provided for four sports.

Information on our SNL programs:

Drill & Play (Basketball)

West Harlem: PAL Harlem Center (441 Manhattan Avenue)

Lower East Side: Boys and Girls Republic (888 East 6th Street)

East Harlem: Johnson Houses Community Center (1829-1839 Lexington Avenue)

North Harlem: Polo Grounds Community Center (3005 8th Avenue)

Washington Heights: George Washington High School (549 Audubon Avenue)

Central Manhattan: Fred Samuel Community Center (669 Malcolm X Boulevard)

West Harlem: Manhattanville Community Center (530 West 133rd Street)

Brooklyn: Miccio Community Center (110 West 9th Street)

AllStarr Volleyball (Volleyball)

Washington Heights: Armory PAL (216 Fort Washington Avenue Corner of 169th street)

Lower East Side: Boys and Girls Republic (888 East 6th Street)

Soccer Training

East Harlem: Corsi Community Center (307 E. 116th St. at 2nd Ave.)

Lacrosse Training

Central Harlem: Harlem Children's Zone Armory (40 W 143rd Street, btwn 5th and Malcolm X Blvd)


Advocate to Graduate (A2G)

The A2G program seeks to ensure that, beyond the sports programs, participants are equipped with the tools needed to succeed in school. Three of our nine sport sites have an Academic Success Advocate who coordinates with the sports trainers and site staff to ensure a supportive and effective atmosphere for the kids. The Advocate works with the participant and their family to explore and assess any barriers to academic success and comes up with an action plan to reach specific academic goals. Advocates track the progress and outcomes of these steps toward success. Each site program also has activities and events throughout the year focused on character development, health education, healthy relationships, drug education, and violence prevention.



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