Thursday, April 9, 2015

Check out what The Red Hook Community Justice Center Community Service has cleaned! Between Van Brunt and Van Dyke streets within the community. It is always a great pleasure to see how their work helps our community! Contact Melissa Torres (718) 923-8251 or Jackie Soto (347) 302-3973 if you need assistance

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Computer Community Hours!

Today we began our Community Hours here at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. This new feature is held on Wednesdays from 10am -1pm. Our Mural Room is equipped with computers available to the public who would like to search for jobs, check emails, do research and much more. Staff is available for assistance. Please take advantage of this resource and stop by the Justice Center.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Celebrating Women's HERstory!


March is Women's History Month! In recognition of that  youth court members learned about different influential woman known and not so known. To educate the youth court members, the staff placed pictures of influential women past and present along the walls of the youth court room. The members then walked around the room and looked at the pictures and information provided. Once they were done, we had a discussion on what they learned from the photos and information provided. As a bonus, we also asked the members to share who was an influential woman that they knew personally.  We heard everything from teachers, mothers, sisters and grand mothers. It was wonderful to hear the great stories and reasons why they found these women influential.

 Stay Tuned for our upcoming Earth Day Event in April!

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!