Yesterday, I received some good news, no, some great news! … I was chosen to be a Youth Squad Supervisor for this years Summer Night Lights program in Los Angeles!! I am very excited about this program for several reasons. Firstly, the process has been in the works since March, so I have been waiting for a while. Secondly, it is in line with my ideal career and what better way to start off then to work with the Mayor’s office? And finally, I get to further my knowledge and experience of working with juvenile and at-risk youth… my favorite part! Thanks Caitlin for telling me about this!! :]
summer night lights 2010.
The program was first introduced in the summer of 2008 with the idea that if kids had an alternative place to hang out and spend their long, restless summer days/nights, then gang activity would decrease; the program proved to be a success.
Beginning with 8 parks, Summer Night Lights have expanded to 16 participating neighborhoods that have dangerous levels of gang activity. One way to engage the youth of the surrounding area, the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development [GRYD] hire youth to be come Youth Squad Leaders. In this position, they are given the responsibility of a maintaining the program and to enjoy the summer themselves. According to research, youth usually commit crimes between 4 p.m. to midnight, and with the lack of school and the long days, crime rates peak even higher during the summer.
I am very excited to see what comes from this summer. I will no doubt enjoy the summer nights along with the hard work set out for me. Check this video out from last summer to see what it’s all about: