Thursday, September 1, 2016

Civil Legal Services returning to the Justice Center



On Monday, September 19th we are bringing New York Legal Assistance Group's Mobile Legal Help Center back to the Justice Center!

The van is staffed by two civil attorneys who come prepared to offer advice and answer questions regarding a wide range of civil legal issues including immigration, government benefits, identity theft, divorce, custody, employment, housing and more!


In some cases, NYLAG may be able to take on representation; however that is not guaranteed.  What is guaranteed is a 45 minute confidential consultation where a civil attorney can offer advice and answer questions. Further appointments may be scheduled at NYLAG's offices if needed.

There are a limited amount of slots available, anyone can sign up online at http://nylag.org/MLHCappointments.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another successful summer!

The JustWorks: Summer Internship Program at the Justice Center focuses on providing young people, ages 14-18, with a valuable employment experience and exposure to various career options during the summer for five weeks. Also throughout the duration of the program the Justice Center also provides community service, cultural opportunities and field trips that the interns attend on Fridays. 




Just last week the Office of Youth and Community Programs held on End of Program Ceremony for the JustWorks: Summer Internship Program. Recognizing the diligence and hard work that all of the interns have shown during these last few weeks at their sites and during the community service projects.


The Summer Internship sites this year included:
  • Community Board 7
  • Turning Point
  • Animal Loving Care
  • Law Office of Indra Pal
  • Rapid Realty
  • Brooklyn Defender Services
  • New York State Assemblyman's Office: Felix Ortiz


 We would like to congratulate the interns once again and thank all of the sites for helping us to make this yet another successful summer!
 
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016




We are pleased to announce that the Justice Center will once again be serving as a pop-up site for the IDNYC program from September 12th – September 23rdWe first served as a pop-up site in January of this year; well it was such a resounding success that they want to come back to Red Hook! 

IDNYC is a free government issued identification card for all New York City residents, which offers a number of benefits including free memberships to many city museums, zoos, and botanical gardens, and discounts at many businesses.  Anyone who lives in NYC and is at least 14 years old is eligible, and can apply here at the Justice Center between Sept. 12 and 23.    

The enrollment center will be located in the mural room on the 1st floor, and will be operating during our regular building hours (including Tuesday evenings). Appointments can be booked by calling 311 or going online at: www.nyc.gov/idnyc

Last January, we managed to enroll 600 people, including staff, clients, community members, and even some elected officials!  But since it’s our second time around, we want to do even better!  For more information on the IDNYC program, check out their website at www.nyc.gov/idnyc

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer College Trip 2016

Every summer the office of Youth and Community programs takes our youth program participants on an annual college trip. We like to explore different colleges  and university's including in places like New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.


Last week students from our Just Works Summer Internship Program, which aims to connect teens and young adults to professional development opportunities teamed up with our Youth Court and a few of our Red Hook Community Resilience Corps members. Together they headed out with staff to Connecticut to visit and tour the University of Connecticut and the College of New Rochelle.

     It was a great day, especially to get out of the city and expose our youth to different campuses, dorm life and educational opportunities out there!  

We look forward to next year! #GOREDHOOK 

 


 
 




 
 
 



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Red Hook's 22nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime


This week on August 2nd we celebrated Red Hook's 22nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime!
 
As always, there was delicious food, burgers and hot dogs donated from many local businesses; there were speeches from many of our elected officials including Councilmember Menchaca, Congresswoman Velazquez and Borough President Adams; there were community resources from dozens of local organizations and civic groups; there was a community mural project and peace sign installation promoting non-violence and unity; there was great music from Red Hook DJ Barkim; there was face painting, pony rides, and carnival games for the kids; there was a huge turnout throughout the entire night; and just a beautiful evening of community members, organizations and law enforcement coming together.

But what makes this event get better every year is the genuine breadth and depth of the relationships and partnerships within this community, and the teamwork and collaboration and generous spirit that pulls an event like this together. You cannot walk through the park and not be struck with the sign of an event truly brings everyone together – the front and back, East and West, young and old, uniformed officers and civilians, elected leaders side by side with community members, mingling, talking about issues and enjoying a summer night. 


Other highlights were Borough President Adams presenting our own Judge Calabrese with a proclamation thanking him for his dedication to the Red Hook community and justice reform. Also, the theme “20 years of AmeriCorps Service in Red Hook: Making the Community Safer and Stronger” was on display with many AmeriCorps alum wearing commemorative shirts to celebrate the occasion.           
                              


Nothing would be possible without our great partners at the 76 precinct, PSA 1, Brooklyn DA’s office, the courts, and Parks. And special shout outs to the planning team:
Alison, Gleacy, Susannah, Berta, Coleta, Leslie, Basma, Jessica Bruno, Amanda, and Carmen. And ALL of the AmeriCorps members and youth court members for the set-up, clean up and day-of needs.  Also to our sister project at 120, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, who turned out and completed manned the grilling and food area like champions.
 

Congrats to all. It was a very proud day for Red Hook. Until next year!
 

 
 
 

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Day of Service in Coffey Park!



This morning the JustWorks: Summer Internship Program Participants and staff teamed up with the Parks Department to finish a project in Coffey Park. Located right across the street from the Justice Center, it is a very popular park in the neighborhood and is always full of local residents and children.


One of the fences around the playground area needed a paint job due to chipped paint, therefore our project was give the gate two fresh coats of paint to help beautify the area and overall park. In just two hours they were able to finish the job, some interns described the experience as peaceful and relaxing.

It is one of the many community service projects the Summer Internship Program will be completing throughout the next few weeks.


We would like to thank the Parks Department for allowing us to tag along on this project, it is always a good feeling to give back! #GOREDHOOK

      






 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police



Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police


On Tuesday July 19th, the department of Youth and Community Programs created and implemented an event titled “Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police”



The principal objective of the event was to educate our youth and community members on how to rebuild and improve relationships with police, and allow them a safe space to interact and get to know one another on a person level.
 
A few community officers from the local Police Service Area One (PSA1) precinct in Red Hook, joined us along with some of our youth program participants, Peacemakers and Justice Center staff. Some of the conversations included what it takes to become a police officer, what is life like as an officer and much more. Using a circle process, everyone had a chance to ask questions, voice their own opinion and share stories. It was a very powerful event and gave everyone a chance to break down stereo-types around officers and humanize them. Many of the officers talked about their personal experiences on and off the job and related with the Youth in many ways.



With many of the unfortunate current events involving police happening around the world this couldn’t have taken place at a better time. People around the world are advocating for changes and want to repair not only the justice system but relationships with the community and law enforcement. We were able begin initiating the steps to improve relationships and contributing to the much needed change, specifically locally here in the Red Hook community. 

Overall it was a huge success and opened the minds of all of our participants. We are looking forward to creating similar events to help bridge the gap between the youth community and police.

 
Everyone joined together for a group photo!


As a thank you for their participation the officers received awards, goodie bags with Justice Center promotional items and tees!


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