Funded by the California Endowment, the Summer Night Lights program aims to address youth violence prevention in key neighborhoods.
These neighborhoods are around Romain Park (745 N. First St.) and Holmes Park (212 S. First St.) where youth violence is most prevalent. Fresno Metro Ministry is rising to The Endowment’s challenge by providing services to hundreds of youth during the key summer months and after-school when youth are seeking activities and positive environments from which to learn, grow and have fun.
Within the Building Healthy Communities initiative, this project addresses two of the ten outcomes – outcomes five and six focusing on helping families remain safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods, as well as living in communities that support healthy youth development.
Methods to Success:
- Recreation, education and artistic programming
- Healthy eating and nutrition information
- Youth sports programs, martial arts courses, and drop-in recreation
- Public and Town hall meetings
- Establishment of Park Residents Group (PRG)
- Leadership development
- Area violence education and online tools training
As of today, we have seen that these two parks are amongst the most widely used parks in Fresno. What is needed now is the infusion of new activities, education, services and resources available to the park participants on-site to help raise individual awareness and opportunities. PARCS is currently providing recreational activities and cultural classes due to the Endowment’s funding, but services provided by Fresno organizations and volunteers to help empower and educate youth and adults are still in great need. Also, offices have been made available at Romain Park to provide organizations a space to be represented at the park. A major underlying goal is to prevent the violence in the areas of these two parks, as seen below, from which they are affected and also promote park advocacy.
How can you be a partner with us?
Organizations and Non-Profits
- Provide your service on-site
- Homework tutoring
- Youth empowerment and leadership training
- Counseling services
- Career education and job placement services
- Gang intervention
- Educational classes
- Presentations & information distribution
- Employee volunteers
- Business education presentations
- Summer Night Lights and parks support
- Media support
- Government participation education
- Public meetings with residents
Fresno Police Department
- Crime education
- Officer park engagement
- Crime data and officer testimonies
- Public meeting with residents
- Mentoring and counseling
- Congregation volunteering
Individuals are encouraged to volunteer their time to take an interest in these parks and become a park participant yourself. Building new relationships on-site builds stronger neighborhoods around.
It is also our goal to seek community partners and volunteers who can help create sustainable parks and more attractive centers. SNL is looking for a schedule of the hours volunteers can help create this positive environment by engaging with park participants in just some of opportunities listed below.