This Friday marks the beginning of a new program in South Sacramento which is designed to provide a safe place for teens to have fun in a supervised environment.

It’s called The D6 Hot Spot at the George Sim Community Center, and it’s the result a new public/private partnership created by a collaboration between Councilmember Kevin McCarty, local non-profit groups, churches, private businesses, and labor unions.

From now through at least the remainder of the school year, every Friday night from 7 p.m. to midnight, young people between the ages of 13 to 19 are encouraged to come to the Sim Center for a wide range of activities including basketball, volleyball, movies, games and more.

Councilmember McCarty hopes that this new program will offer a safe alternative for kids in the surrounding community.

“In the area surrounding the Sim Center, there were 32 juvenile arrests on Friday nights over the past two years.” says McCarty.

“Given our City’s budget situation, I hope this can serve as a model public-private partnership to increase needed options for our youth. 

We need to help keep teens out of trouble by giving them positive and safe places to go on Friday nights.”

The George Sim Community Center is located at 6207 Logan Street, Sacramento. Anyone who needs more information can call Neighborhood Services at 916-808-6789.