Rec Night is a collaborative effort to provide the youth of Smith Hill and surrounding neighborhoods a safe environment to just be kids. The idea for Rec Night was first identified by former Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Streetworker, Tou Pathoummahong. A group comprised of interested neighborhood residents, elected officials and volunteers from Providence College and various community groups has coalesced around this vision. The Core Team members are Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Providence College and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation. The Providence Police Department also plays a critical support role.
Currently, Rec Night, takes place on Monday nights in various community areas from 6-9 pm. Youth are encouraged to use the recreational facilities and connect with the volunteer staff.
We will be adding information to this site as a sort of on-line clearing house for information and news pertaining to the Program. The Community Calendar will also list important meeting for the group’s Planning Committee. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more is encouraged to contact us and become involved. This is a strictly volunteer effort thus far and we in great need of more community partners.
Rec Night Documents
The following document represents the mission and vision statements of the Rec Night program. In addition, it contains the theoretical framework for which the program adheres and provides outcome measurements that help the team gauge the program’s progress.
2nd Annual Rec Night Stakeholder’s Meeting
Our annual Stakeholder’s meeting was held at Capital Square at Smith Hill on Thursday, January 28, 2010 and included over 20 participants from twelve local organizations and city departments in addition to several neighborhood residents who are regular volunteers.
The following is the 2009 Rec Night Program Summary and Recommendations and Executive Summary, which was distributed at the Stakeholder Meeting, Thursday, January 28, 2010.
Rec Night Review 2010
Rec Night Executive Summary of 2010 Review
This is the winning design from the Rec Night logo contest in the spring of 2009. The conscious misspelling of “Night” reflects the structure of South-East Asian languages.
Rec Night Logo
The following is the meeting summary from the second Planning meeting which took place Nov. 13, 2008.
Before the second Planning Meeting, this Program Evaluation and Recommendations was written by representatives from SHCDC and ISPN.
After the first Planning Meeting for Rec Night, representatives from ISPN and the Rec. Center set down the following rules for the program.
The first strategy meeting to discuss youth options in Smith Hill was held at Selim-Rogers Recreation Center.