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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Youth Court Team Building

On November 20, 2014, Youth Court staff did two team building activities. The first was “See Say Do” and the second was an “Occupation Guessing Game”. Both activities were fun and allowed the youth court members to practice their listening skills and to work together which is something they have to do during normal youth court duties.  Ever so often we like to do activities such as these to remind the members to hone their skills for the work that they do, but in a fun way. The members had a blast!

Youth Court Members Playing See Say Do

Youth Court Member Participating in Team Building Activity

Youth Court Members Playing Occupation Guessing Game
Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator

Monday, November 10, 2014

Red Hook Youth Court Observes Court Hearings with Honorable Judge Calabrese


On October 30, 2014, the Youth Court Members were able to sit in on court hearings with Honorable Judge, Alex Calabrese. Many of the Youth Court Members are interested in becoming lawyers so this was a great opportunity for them! During a break the judge came and spoke with the members. Many of them had questions for him and he was more than happy to answer them. Some of the questions the members asked focused on issuing warrants and what types of cases he frequently gets in his courtroom. Additionally, Judge Calabrese praised the members and the amazing work they do. He said that he doesn’t think twice when sending a case to Youth Court because he trusts the members and the decisions they make. After leaving the courtroom the members expressed how much they liked sitting in the court. Overall, this was a great experience for the members and we hope to do it again in the future.

Honrable Judge Calabese& Red Hook Youth Court Members

Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Youth Court Recognizes Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month. Every year the youth court does something in recognition of these two issues. This time, on Thursday October 23, we designated the time spent with youth court members to address Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness. The Youth Court staff gave presentations on both topics and allowed time for questions and a discussion. The Youth Court members were very interested in learning more about both topics and had some very insightful questions. The members and staff wore pink and purple in honor of breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. Some of the members even sold pink and purple bracelets at school to raise money and awareness! Although we mainly focus on the ‘court’ aspect of youth court, it is also important that we make sure the youth court members are taking care of themselves and are educated about issues that may be relevant to them.

Youth Court member wearing his Domestic Violence Awareness band
Youth Court member showing off his pin in honor honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month 

Youth Court staff & members after the presentation
Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator