Live from Queens, it’s “Saturday Night Lights”: Youth sports program spans 17 locations


The city has committed $ 5 million to expand the Saturday Night Lights program to the five boroughs with 17 new locations in Queens. (Photo courtesy of the Queens DA office)

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce youth violence in the borough, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz joined Police Commissioner Dermot Shea on Friday July 9 to announce the expansion of 17 new sites Saturday Night Lights (SNL) program in Queens.

Katz called the expansion a significant step in improving access to this public initiative focused on youth development and violence prevention.

“The growth of the Saturday Night Lights program reflects the importance of empowering young New Yorkers to make good choices,” Katz said. “Without good choices, Saturday nights can offer too many opportunities to get into trouble. Saturday Night Lights is a program that allows young participants to spend this time in a positive way, engaging in team-building experiences, high-intensity sports, and other recreational activities. This expansion across Queens represents a significant investment in our youth, our communities and public safety in our borough. “

The expansion of the program is supported by a commitment of $ 5 million in Mayor de Blasio core funding included in the city’s “stimulus budget”.

A key part of the program is bringing the cops and the kids together. Teams of NYPD neighborhood youth coordinators will be in each of the city’s 100 gyms every Saturday night, helping to train and participate with members of community organizations to interact with youth and help make an impact. lasting and positive.

“This program, focused on improving youth development, is an exciting step forward for the NYPD and our partners to continue to build trust and create opportunities for children in New York City neighborhoods,” said Shea. “It has always been important, but it has never been more important than it is now.”

The program started on Saturday July 10 and will run throughout the year.

New Saturday Night Lights locations in Queens include:

  • YMCA du Grand New York Rockaway YMCA (207 Beach 73rd Street), Cité 100
  • The Child Center of NY Ocean Bay Cornerstone (57-10 Beach Channel Drive), City 101
  • NY Redfern Children’s Center (1544 Hassock St), City 101
  • The Child Center of NY Oceanside Cornerstone (339 Beach 54th Street), City 101
  • Metro Queens Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (110-04 Atlantic Ave), City 102
  • Jamaica YMCA Jamaica YMCA (89-25 Parsons Blvd), City 103
  • SQPA IS 8 (108-35, rue 167), Cité 103
  • SQPA South Jamaica II 109-04 160th Street), City 103
  • YMCA of Greater New York Ridgewood YMCA (69-02 64th Street), City 104
  • YMCA du Grand New York Cross Island YMCA (238-10 Hillside Avenue), City 105
  • CITC Thomas Edison High School (165-65 84th Ave); Original location (reopening date to be determined)
  • August Martin High School (156-10, boulevard Baisley), wards 107 and 113
  • YMCA of Greater New York YMCA of Long Island City (32-23 Queens Boulevard), City 108
  • The Child Center of NY Latimer Gardens Cornerstone (34-30 137th Street), City 109
  • The Child Center of NY MS 72 (133-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.), City 113
  • HANAC Inc Astoria (4-05 Astoria Blvd), City 114
  • Greater Ridgewood Youth IS 204 (36-41 28th Street), City 114
  • Police Athletic League (PAL) Edward Byrne Center (116-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.), City 103

Three more locations will be announced soon. Saturday Night Lights offers recreational programming for 11-18 year olds on Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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