Fall Friday Nights is one component of the comprehensive GRYD strategy and aims to create safe environments during peak times for gang-related violence in the most impacted communities. Like SNL, FFN hopes to continue to report increased perceptions of safety during programming hours and build a more positive community relationship with Los Angeles Police Department.
FFN program partners include: the LAPD, Department of Recreation and Parks, LADWP, American Red Cross, and Los Angeles area colleges and universities.
This year, in efforts to expand GRYD’s community engagement strategy, FFN was implemented as single night pop-up events at five SNL sites and eight non-SNL sites for eight consecutive weeks. This allows GRYD to broaden the number of youth and families served, engage with community members that have not participated in SNL or FFN programming due to the location or for safety reasons, and ensure that your office continues to engage and provide free programming, services, and resources to communities most impacted by violence, poverty, and lack of resources.
Working in collaboration with community-based organizations, law enforcement and other city departments, the program will provide a safe, positive environment for youth in some of our most underserved communities. In addition, the program will highlight resources related to domestic violence prevention, post-secondary education, access to employment, and educational opportunities for teens and young adults.