Friday, March 6, 2015

Socks for the Sole

Throughout the months of January and February with the help of Justice Center staff, members of the Red Hook Youth Court created sock bundles for those in need. The bundles consisted of brand new pairs of socks stuffed with snacks such as granola bars and cookies. On March 3rd the members donated the sock bundles to the Food First pantry located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 
This winter season weather has been pretty rough and the youth court members wanted to give back in a unique way. The staff at Food First were very appreciative of our donation and the members were happy to be able to help in a small way.

The flyer that got us the donations!

The Chef at Food First, humbling accepting out donations.


This was a great way to begin this month, so please stay tuned for what else we have coming down the pike!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Did you know February 22-28 was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? RHYC Did!

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, approximately 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.  According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated disorders , 95% of the people who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
On Thursday, February 26th 2015 after all court proceedings were conducted, the Red Hook Youth Court recognized National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Members learned about a few different eating disorders that including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

Following our discussion, Youth Court members were encouraged to create "I Love my_____because____” statements. The statements described qualities and characteristics that they love about themselves as a way of recognizing National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Each member proudly shared their responses and enjoyed being able to express themselves in a new and positive way.  Being knowledgeable about eating disorders and other issues similar to this that impacts teens and people in general is very helpful and brings awareness.

If you are or know someone who suffers from an eating disorder please call the National Eating Disorder Association's hotline at 800-931-2237
for help.
For more information about Eating Disorders and awareness go to
Please stay tuned to what we have coming up in March for Women's HERstory Month!



Monday, February 23, 2015

RHYC Takes Pride in Black History

On February 19th the Red Hook Youth Court held a small event in recognition of Black History Month. We began our event with a competitive game of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Black History Month Edition” to test the knowledge of the members on prominent and influential African American Leaders both past and present. The game was also designed to educate and make the members aware of some influential African American Leaders they may not have been as familiar with such as Hattie McDaniel, Charles Sifford and Carter G. Woodson just to name a few. The members were very competitive and it was exciting to see them be so passionate and attentive to the game and information being given.
Game Time!
The answer was Lisa Leslie.
The answer was Emmett Till.
Immediately following the game, Youth Court Staff surprised the Youth Court members with a delicious lunch with some traditional soul food dishes. The menu consisted of barbeque chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, green beans, yams, fried chicken, stuffing, corn bread, sweet potato pie and apple pie. The entire meal was prepared and cooked by the Youth Court staff and the members were really appreciative and enjoyed the food.
 Knowledge, fun and food is what made this event a great one!
The delicious spread.

Youth Court Members Kellon and Rodcliff were ready to eat.

Youth Court Member Louric enjoying his food.

Stay tuned for more youth program events!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Red Hook Youth Court Fall Recognition and Induction Ceremony

On December 18th, the Red Hook Youth Court acknowledged our current Members for all their hard work and dedication. Staff and guest also said farewell to a few Members who are leaving to focus on their senior year in high school. Lastly, the Honorable Judge, Alex Calabrese was the Key Note Speaker and inducted a new group of Youth Court Members to join the court. The Members took the time to share their favorite moments while being a part of the Youth Court and the Inductees shared their excitement for what is to come in the New Year.  

Please stay tuned for what is to come from us in 2015! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Red Hook Youth Court's Socks For the Sole Sock Drive

This winter the Red Hook Youth Court will be holding a Sock Drive. We are asking that when you are out doing your Holiday shopping please pick up a pack of brand new/un-used socks. Our goal is to partner with a local pantry and donate the socks along with snacks to people in need. This winter will be a cold one so we want to help the less fortunate keep warm. A little goes a long way, so PLEASE DONATE! See the flyer below for more details.

Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator

Youth Court on Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday (Dec 2, 2014), the Youth Court Members participated in Holiday Mail For Heroes through the American Red Cross. They created letters and cards to send to military members as well as their families thanking them for their service and to let them know we are thinking about them during this holiday season. The kids seemed to really enjoy writing these letters and some of them got really creative!

Youth Court Members Writing Holiday Cards

Sabrina Carter
Youth and Communities Programs Coordinator

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Red Hook Youth Court November Food Drive

For the month of November the Red Hook Youth Court Members held a food drive and collected non-perishable food. On November 25th, after Youth Court hearings the members and staff walked over to the Food First Pantry located in Red Hook and donated all the food collected just in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone who donated! It was a small gesture by our members but they believe a little does go a long way. Happy Holidays!

Youth Court Members donating to Food First Panty

Food Donations
Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator