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07/06/20

Creating a Safe Digital Space with SD Nights

Since 2017, SD Nights has provided a safe environment for teens to recreate during critical hours. Short for Safe Destination Nights, the program was designed to equip teens with essential life skills through various activities, while simultaneously empowering them to make a difference in their communities.

In 2019, the program hosted 191 events for over 10,000 participants in 22 locations. COVID-19 has required us to change the way we run the program, so instead of live events in parks, we’ve revamped the program to make it virtual. SD Nights will be holding Facebook Live events and Zoom meetings online, with interactive activities, games, classes and conversations designed especially for teens – with add-on content to promote health and wellness.

*All SD Nights VIP Events are free for youth ages 10-18. RSVP required for all events; contact Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov for more info.

June Calendar of Events (English/Spanish)

  • Friday, June 11 at 5 p.m.
    Missing Mascot Escape

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Someone has stolen the mascot costume from the South High School Vikings. The police are encouraging students, like the players, to submit their ideas of who might have stolen the mascot. There are six suspects (well, 7, but everybody treats the twin cheerleaders as one person). Your team’s mission is to review the case, search around town for clues and deliver the solution to the police. The big game is tonight and you only have a limited amount of time! Will you find the culprit? The event will start with an SD Nights Staff Spotlight. Click here to RSVP.
  • Friday, June 18 at 5 p.m.
    Scavenger Hunt Escape Room: YouTube and Instagram Celebs

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Enjoy a combination of trivia night, brain teasers from escape rooms and creative internet searches in a single online experience. Work together with participants around the County of San Diego, to escape! The event will start with an SD Nights Staff Spotlight. Click here to RSVP.
  • Friday, June 25 at 5 p.m.
    Virtual Murder Mystery

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Test your sleuthing skills at this online murder mystery-solving event! All participants are suspects but only one can commit the crime… Join us as we work together to gather clues that will bring us to the bottom of this mystery. An SD Nights staff spotlight will kick things off – then, rules of the game will be shared. Law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office will join the call to solve the mystery. Click here to RSVP.

Wellness Wednesdays
Join the SD Nights team for a new virtual wellness series designed especially for teens, called Wellness Wednesdays. Popular fitness activities are offered in 30-minute programs, for a quick workout and social connection. Classes are free but spots are limited. Register in advance. All SD Nights Wellness Wednesdays events are free for youth ages 10-18. Info/RSVP to Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov.

  • Virtual Boxing Class: Wednesdays, 5 - 5:30 p.m. (View the flyer: English/Spanish)
    This boxing class is open to all fitness levels. You will experience a fast-paced, high-energy, action packed cardio workout designed to get you in shape and help you reach your fitness goals fast! Instructors utilize agility, boxing combinations, FUNctional training that will propel you into shape while giving you a bit of self-defense. Click here to RSVP.
  • Virtual Strength & Conditioning Class: Wednesdays, 5 - 5:30 p.m. (View the flyer: English/ Spanish)
    Join our strength and condition class that is designed to incorporate HIIT, strength and bodyweight drills to get your heart rate up. Each class will begin with a warm-up, feature various calisthenics and strength and conditioning exercises and finish with core work and stretches. An experienced fitness instructor will lead the class and bring a strong level of enthusiasm, leadership and responsibility to their task. Participants will end each class with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Click here to RSVP.
  • Virtual Yoga Class: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6 p.m. (View the flyer: English/Spanish)
    Yoga is an ancient practice from India that includes natural body movements, mindful breathing, concentration, and connection to our-selves, one another and nature. The goal is to let your body’s wisdom guide you into a state of balance and harmony. All you’ll need is a little bit of space to move around in and comfortable clothing. Classes are led by Josie Duraso, who has been teaching yoga for 6 years. She started her work as a high school educator teaching science along with yoga. She is passionate about wellness, building community, nature and being a forever student. Click here to RSVP.

DIY Ugly Holiday Sweater
SD Nights Lead Squad member Makena demonstrates how to make an ugly holiday sweater with supplies you can find around your home! Click here to follow along.

DIY Mobile
SD Nights LEAD squad member Makena W. is back with another DIY activity! In this video, she demonstrates how to make a mobile to hang around the house. Click here to check it out.

Previous livestreams:

Friday, July 17: Virtual Magic Show on Facebook Live

NOTE: There is no cost to attend. All are welcome, though some events have maximum capacities and require advance registration. Check back for updates and to see new programs as they’re added to the agenda. For more information, contact Carl McCullough at (619) 961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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