In 2008, the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) created the Summer Night lights (SNL) program as a comprehensive response to recurring increases in crime during the summer months. SNL provides safe, family-friendly programming like free meals, sports leagues, and fitness activities, to over 30 parks in communities at highest risk for gang violence during the summer when spikes of violence usually occur.
During the summer of 2022, after two years of adapted programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNL returned to full in-person programming. Additionally, for the first time since 2012, GRYD expanded to 11 new sites in 2022, bringing the total to 43 recreation and parks locations across the City of Los Angeles.
This report summarizes SNL 2022 data from three main sources: 1) nightly site activity logs entered by GRYD SNL site managers into an online database at the end of each individual SNL event; 2) an online SNL participant survey that was advertised at all SNL sites and was available to be taken by any SNL attendee over 12 years old and 3) an online SNL Youth Squad survey that was sent out after SNL concluded to all 2022 SNL Youth Squad members.