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Saturday Night Lights

Saturday Night Lights (S.N.L.)

Saturday Night Lights (SNL) is a violence prevention and youth-development program funded by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that offers high quality sports and fitness training and academic enrichment for youth ages 11-18. SNL was founded in 2011 when the DA’s office partnered with the NYPD, Police Athletic League (PAL) and Pro Hoops to open up gyms in underserved Manhattan neighborhoods and provide a safe, fun, and productive place to be during high-crime times –Saturday nights.  Using asset forfeiture funds, the partners also hired professional basketball trainers to provide exceptional training at a gym in West Harlem. The program expanded to include additional sports and in additional gyms on the Lower East Side, East Harlem, Central Harlem and Washington Heights. 

As a result of the success of the programs,  the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office committed to investing additional asset forfeiture funds into the SNL youth development programs. Through an RFP released in December 2014, ten community based organizations were awarded funds to offer high quality sport and dance programs along with academic enrichment. The new, expanded SNL initiative offers the following three program components: high quality skill-development activities (e.g., sports, dance, or other enrichment activities), academic support and advocacy and community resource coordination. 

As of July 2015 SNL funding provides the following programing in 15 sites throughout Manhattan:

Professional Sports and Fitness

On Saturday nights, professional sports and fitness coaches run high quality training sessions at all sites. Each session consists of warm-ups, skill-specific drills, and games. We offer basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, Kiki Lounge and Lite Feet.

Academic Support

Each SNL-funded agency offers robust academic support and advocacy. The youth advocate at each location 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. The programs offer tutoring, homework help, SAT prep, Regents prep and High School Equivalency prep.


The programs offer comprehensive case management support. Youth in the program have access to quality social workers, case managers and youth advocates whom use a holistic approach to work with each individual family to ensure that the youth is fully equipped to succeed in middle school, high school and beyond. 

For more information please call the Community Partnerships Unit at (212) 335-9082 or email

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