Adams announces “Saturday Night Light” program to help young people

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Mayor Eric Adams announced the expansion of the Saturday Night Light program, which provides safe and engaging activities for young people in underserved neighborhoods.

The program is meant to be a safe place for young people to congregate during “traditionally high crime times” on Saturday nights.

Of the 131 sites in the five boroughs, the program will include 25 additional sites with an additional investment of $1.25 million.

Youth can participate in sports ranging from basketball, volleyball, dance, football, martial arts, and more, while building trust between law enforcement and communities

Officers from neighboring NYPD precincts will coach and guide those who participate in the program to make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of young people.

Adams said the program is about changing lives and ensuring no one is left behind.

“We’re building trust between the police, the community, and our youth while elevating youth in every borough in this city,” Adams said.

He continued: “And we are proud to expand this program to reach even more young people in underserved neighborhoods where they can have a safe, fun and productive place to gather and play sports. We’re all in this together, and it’s about giving young people another choice and keeping our city safe when crimes are most likely to happen.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said the Saturday Night Light program “works to prevent violence by connecting with our young people before they have first contact with the criminal justice system.”

The Saturday Night Light locations on Staten Island are:

  • Richmond Terrace Community Centre, St. George, located at 71 Jersey Street, 5-9 p.m.
  • PS 44, Tompkinsville, located at 80 Maple Pkwy, 4-8 p.m.
  • PS 18, West Brighton, located at 221 Broadway, 5-9 p.m.
  • Gerard Carter Community Center, Stapleton, located at 230 Broad St., 5-9 p.m.
  • IS 51, Westerleigh, located at 80 Willowbrook Rd., 5-9 p.m.
  • Broadway YMCA, West Brighton, located at 651 Broadway, 5-9 p.m.
  • PS 57, Park Hill, located at 140 Palma Dr., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Berry Homes Cornerstone, Dongan Hills, located at 211 Jefferson St., 5-9 p.m.
  • Faber Park, Port Richmond, located at 2175 Richmond Terr., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The sites will be open every Saturday in the summer, as well as during the school year, from September 10 to June 24.

Saturday Night Light is a partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), New York City Department of Education (DOE), and New York City Department of Parks. & Recreation, as well as the city’s five District Attorney’s offices and community organizations that administer the programs.

Ryan H. Bowman