DEL PASO HEIGHTS – hen the “Third Annual Night Life Turned Right” summer program kicked off last month, an unwanted disturbance took place that probably happened at the precise time. It was a wakeup call that put everyone on notice.
The guilty parties were sent home from the Robertson Community Center, where the six-week event is held, and were told not to return by the organizers of a program that offers a safe haven for the participants.
Open and free to youths of all ages, families and members of the community in Allen Wayne Warren’s Council District 2, the program has served as a beacon for the area behind the efforts of Darrell and Tina Roberts.
The Roberts are the co-founders of the Roberts Family Development Center, also located in North Sacramento. Night Life Turned Right was created in response to numerous violent crimes in North Sacramento.
The program, conducted on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, welcomes young people during the most vulnerable times of the evening — when they have nothing to do.
Councilman Warren, the Roberts, and now retired director of Neighborhood Services for the City, Vincene Jones collaborated to advocate for a plan to help guide the community and to make it safe for the kids.
The young people have had access to classes such as photography, cooking, free food, fashion, resource centers, game-fit sports training, talent contests, and game trucks. The Sacramento Police Department is also a partner for the program.
“Allen has been supportive of us and had asked us to step up as leaders in the district,” Derrell Roberts said. “He (Warren) came to us and said ‘I think you can help make (things like Night Life…
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