BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — Brooklyn is grappling with violence, and youth advocate Camara Jackson, founder of Elite Learners, is proposing a bold solution: “Midnight Brooklyn Youth Sports Clubs.”

Jackson argues the lack of safe after-dark options fuels the problem. Her plan would repurpose community centers as safe havens from midnight to 4 a.m. during high-risk summer nights.

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These “midnight clubs” wouldn’t just be about sports. They would offer educational programs such as GED classes and mental health services. Community-based organizations would manage the clubs, fostering trust, while credible violence interrupters ensure safety.

This innovative approach aims to keep teens off the streets during vulnerable hours and provide them with positive alternatives.

Whether “midnight sports clubs” become a reality remains to be seen, but Jackson’s proposal underscores the need for creative solutions to address gun violence and empower Brooklyn’s youth.


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