Communities county-wide are stepping up to bring the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program to youth and families throughout Tulare County featuring summer fun activities beginning this June and running through August.
Based on the Summer Night Lights program launched in the city of Los Angeles, in 2011 Step Up tweaked the program to create a successful community oriented hybrid. Since 2011, the Tulare County Summer Night Lights Program has been largely ran by volunteers, with programming consisting of pool parties, dances, movies, sports nights and more. SNL's main goal is to keep kids off the streets and engage them in positive activities, serving over 27,000 in 2015 alone.
16 communities are participating this year and include Alpaugh, Allensworth, Dinuba, Ducor, Earlimart, Exeter, Lindsay, London, Pixley, Porterville, Strathmore, Tipton, Tulare, Visalia, and Woodlake. A unique feature of the program includes the hiring of two youth from each eligible community who are then employed during the summer to assist in the planning and running of SNL activities.
Community Partners include: Alpaugh Unified School District, Boys and Girls Club of the Sequoias, City of Dinuba, City of Lindsay, City of Porterville, City of Visalia, City of Woodlake, Committee for a Better Allensworth, CSET , Cutler Orosi Joint Unified School District, Department of Probation, Ducor School District, Earlimart School District, Family Health Care Network, Pixley Unified School District, Proteus, TCOESEE, Tipton Community Council, , Tulare County Sheriff's Department, and the Workforce Investment Board.