When looking at crime statistics in Norfolk, some concrete patterns emerge.
“What I’ve received from the data regarding crime stats is that the shootings that we are experiencing are happening primarily Friday and Saturday, during the hours between 10pm and 4am, and with a population that is 18 to 25,” said Mayor Kenny Alexander.
The City of Norfolk has a legal duty to educate the youth; it’s no surprise that in the age window just after high school you have young men and women with idle time — and you know what the devil has to say about that.
According to the City, the Norfolk Nighthawks pilot program will be offered every Friday and Saturday night from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. July 15th – August 26th at the Berkley Community Center, located at 121 W Liberty Street, and the Huntersville Community Center, located at 830 Goff Street.
Program activities will include basketball games, fitness classes, gaming, free snacks and drinks. Additional programming includes life skills, job preparedness, conflict resolution and anger management skills and educational components.
According to the City of Norfolk’s Holly Christopher, those age 18+ interested in volunteering should arrive by 9:45 p.m. at either location to sign in and receive an overview of tasks/responsibilities. Those could include serving refreshments, playing board/video games, running the time clock, monitoring the weight room, etc.
- Berkley Community Center (121 W. Liberty Street) – POC is Acquanette Simmons
- Huntersville Community Center (830 Goff Street) – POC is Cathy Hegwood
“One of the priorities for Norfolk is to promote safe, healthy and inclusive communities,” said Alexander. “Together with several community partners, the Norfolk Nighthawks program will afford an important age group a place to gather to interact and gain critical life skills. I appreciate the support of the community to make this program a success.”
In addition to the faith-based community, community partners also include: Tidewater Community College, Opportunity Inc., Berkley and Huntersville Civic Leagues.