Project Play recognizes community partners DREAM and Saturday Night Lights for their new meaningful 2019 commitments
DREAM, a non-profit that serves inner-city youth in East Harlem, commits to expand sport options for children based on their expressed interests. Surveys will be used to identify sports they want added, and a new, full-time staff member dedicated to programs for elementary-school age children will introduce up to five programs that are not currently offered in-house by DREAM. Partners will be sought to introduce these activities, and Project Play strategies will guide their delivery, with the goal of impacting approximately 500 children.
Saturday Night Lights, a youth development initiative in New York City created by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., uses community spaces to provide sports and fitness programming on multiple evenings of the week year-round to elementary, middle, and high school students who live or attend school in Manhattan. The program provides programming on Saturday Nights connects youth to resources and builds trust between law enforcement and the community and since January of 2011 they have served more than 10,000 young people. In 2019, the program will expand to all boroughs of New York City, serving a projected additional 1,000 young people annually.