Summer Night Lights is an anti-gang initiative that keeps parks open after dark–during the peak hours for gang activity–with free food and expanded programming.
By empowering communities and targeting the traditionally most-violent summer months, Summer Night Lights has become a national model for violence reduction.
Since 2008, SNL has expanded from 8 parks to 24 citywide, leading to a 57% reduction in gang-related homicides in SNL neighborhoods.
Read : http://www.advancementprojectca.org/?q=Summer%20Night%20Lights%20Makes%20Parks%20Safe%20Again
In memory : http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21097702/two-shot-at-anti-gang-program-sun-valley
LAPD Blog : http://lapdblog.typepad.com/lapd_blog/2012/06/summer-night-lights-begins-5th-year-of-violence-reduction-programming-in-los-angeles.html