Anti-violence Program Offers At-Risk Youth and Families Safe Activities on Friday and Saturday Night | Events

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Anti-violence Program Offers At-Risk Youth and Families Safe Activities on Friday and Saturday Night


The City of Jacksonville’s Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks), in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, local media and nonprofit and community-based organizations, announces the return of JaxParks Summer Night Lights (JaxSNL). This is the second summer for the anti-violence program that targets at-risk youth. This year, JaxSNL will be offered in eight neighborhoods designated as high crime areas by The Jacksonville Journey.  The program will run eight consecutive Friday and Saturday nights, beginning June 24.

“Engaging our young people is a significant part of reducing and preventing crime in Jacksonville,” said Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton.  “The Jacksonville Journey investments that encourage community involvement are making a tremendous difference in our city. As a result, this year we expanded JaxSNL to even more locations across Jacksonville to reach more children, teens and families with safe, quality and accessible programming.”

The JaxSNL program has two major components:

1.     Extended Hours and Programming: From June 24 to Aug. 13, eight parks will expand hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight.  Expanded programming at the sites will include youth-centered sports, swimming, recreation, nutrition and artistic activities. Entertainment at each location will be provided by 93.3 FM the Beat’s T-Roy and JaxParks’ popular Movies in the Park series.

2.     JaxSNL Youth Squad: JaxSNL will provide jobs for approximately 80 at-risk youth ages 16 to 21, who will serve on the JaxSNL Youth Squad. Youth Squad members will receive training from JaxParks staff and Outward Bound, a national educational organization that focuses on character development through outdoor experiences.  The young people will then each be assigned to work at a park, where they will be responsible for event photography, programming activities and promoting the program to their friends and families.

JaxSNL’s website will feature weekly photos and blogs by members of the JaxSNL Youth Squad. It will also provide the latest activity and entertainment schedules, a list of JaxSNL partners, crime statistics, media coverage and more. The site is available now at or by and selecting the link to JaxSNL.

The eight parks participating in JaxSNL are:

·     Beachwood Park, 11758 Marina Dr.

·     Charles Clark Park, 8793 Sibbald Rd.

·     Clanzel T. Brown Park, 4545 Moncrief Rd.

·     Emmett Reed Park, 1093 W. 6th St.

·     Henry T. Jones Park, 2335 Gattis Ln.

·     Johnnie Walker (Grand) Park, 2500 W. 20th St.

·     Mitchell Center, 1010 Acorn St.

·     Robert F. Kennedy Park, 1133 Ionia St.

For more information on events and activities hosted by the Recreation and Community Services Department, call 630-CITY or visit

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