Ask the Council to Support Summer Night Lights

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Summer Night Lights - Centro CHADespite overall reductions in levels of violent crime, violence among youth—especially youth of color—remains at epidemic levels. Homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans, between the ages of 10 and 24, and it is the second-leading cause of death for Asians and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Latinos of the same age.

On Tuesday, June 12, Centro CHA will ask the Long Beach City Council to support violence reduction and healthy youth development by adopting a Summer Night Lights program.

Summer Night Lights will hone in on the months when young people are particularly vulnerable, and build on the public health approach to preventing violence. Instead of simply ‘treating’ violence after the fact, one arrest at a time, this approach focuses on what causes violence: it engages youth to create new opportunities for participation, leadership and economic opportunity, and dismantles barriers to peaceful streets and connected neighbors.

This initiative gives cities across the country concrete tools that will offer their young people opportunities instead of arrests. Youth in participating SNL programs will be able to participate in job readiness, arts, music and physical activity programs.

Centro CHA hopes that SNL can be a strategy to prevent youth and gang violence in distressed Neighborhoods in Long Beach. Express your support for Summer Night Lights or find out more information by attending the City Council meeting on Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, City Council Chambers.

Centro CHA exists with the mission to enrich the lives of low-income, underserved Latino/a youth, families and neighborhoods in the City of Long Beach through community advocacy, health and educational programs, social and economic enrichment, cultural arts, community service, and after-school youth development programs. Find more information on their website,

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