Youth protection program 'Saturday Night Lights' adds 20 sites citywide

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The youth violence protection program, Saturday Night Lights, announced it is expanding to 20 sites citywide.

SNL offers youth programs in underutilized gyms and recreational facilities on Saturday nights, a time when youth violence is at its highest, according to the Manhattan DA.

The announcement was made at the Corsi Community Center in East Harlem Saturday.

The program was founded by Manhattan DA Cy Vance in 2011. His office says SNL activities and community spaces will connect youth to resources and build trust between law enforcement and the community.

The Manhattan DA's office is investing $1.4 million seized in investigations against major banks to expand the program.

The expansion will add eight sites in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and additional sites in Manhattan.

Bronx DA Darcel Clark says she's thrilled that the borough will host three SNL programs. The three programs are for basketball, soccer and dance.

The Bronx locations are Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science, Webster Center and Jill Chaifetz Transfer School.

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