Fighting crime through youth programing: Saturday Night Lights returns for fall season

The New York City Police Department and the City Department of Youth and Community Development announced on Saturday in Brooklyn that they are looking to prevent youth crime this fall by providing youngsters with weekend activities and mentorship programs to keep them off the streets and out of trouble.

Dubbed Saturday Night Lights, the stacked curriculum offers kids and teens from ages 11 through 18 a place to play sports and video games with cops while also being served food and being tutored by coaches. The new season kicked off on Oct.14 at the Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center in East New York. Those backing the project, like Mayor Eric Adams, say they hope that young people will choose this inclusive initiative over firearms and violence.