Friday, June 24, 2016

June Updates!

The month of June has been a pretty busy one for the Office of Youth and Community Programs at the Red Hook Community Justice Center.
Last week the department held its Spring Recognition and Induction Ceremony. Members were highlighted for their work within the Red Hook Youth Court program, and our trainees were officially inducted after completing training.   
It was a fun and motivating event! Youth Court alumni Corvenia Collins came to address the members on her accomplishments through Youth Court and offered some words of advice to the upcoming members.
Special guests also included Judge Calabrese, Council Member Carlos Menchaca and representatives from Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez and the Target Corporation.

The Target Corporation was honored with an Award for Community Partnership, in recognition of its support of youth courts and other community-based programs. Through this work, Target has sought to reduce crime and improve the experiences of young people.

As a fun way to celebrate the end of the term the Youth Court went to Arirang Habachi Steakhouse in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to learn a different style of cooking and enjoy a dinner!

As a fun way to celebrate the end of the term the Youth Court went to Arirang Habachi Steakhouse in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to learn a different style of cooking and enjoy a dinner!
We wish all of our members the best and look forward to the new summer cohort! #GoRedHook

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Youth Internships and Opportunity Fair

One of our favorite events of the year is coming soon!

The Red Hook Community Justice Center in partnership with Community Board 6, Red Hook Initiative and Good Shepherds Services,  will be holding a Youth Internships and Opportunity Fair  on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Miccio Community Center, located at 110 West 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

Youth ages 14-24 will have the opportunity to learn about and apply to jobs, summer opportunities, including internships and Summer Youth Employment Programs. There will be a variety of local businesses and community based organizations onsite, offering a diverse range of internship and employment opportunities.

Additionally, we have a new feature where we will be having mini breakout session where patrons can attend open session and learn soft skills such as resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, dressing for success and so much more.

We encourage young adults to come there will be many opportunities for them to take advantage of!  You don't want to miss it!

Be sure to stay connected with us through all of our social media outlets to learn more about upcoming events, programs and services.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Red Hook's Black History Celebration: Silent Auction Fundraiser

On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 the office of Youth and Community Programs and Women In Touch collaborated to celebrate Black History Month at the Red Hook Justice Center.

Community leaders, organizations, Red Hook residents, and Justice Center staff were all in attendance and participated. There were a few Red Hook residents who donated food to the event. The food included; chicken, rice, collard greens, cabbage, mac and cheese, macaroni salad, etc.  The turnout was great, and the event was an overall success. We also had live music from a local drummer!

There was a silent auction fundraiser, in which we sold photos, paintings, artifacts, and other items. Some of the paintings were sketched by Alice Tapia and painted by Justice Center staff. All of the photos that were auctioned off were photos from teens that were participated in the JustArts: Photography program.  All proceeds went to a local non-profit, Women in Touch, and to youth enrichment activities at the Justice Center.


There were some pieces of art that were getting really high bids! Everyone in the room was having fun and bidding! It was really nice seeing many people come together for an event that was for a good cause. We want to thank everyone for participating and who contributed to the event. Check out these photos and stay tuned for upcoming events! #GOREDHOOK

Guest having fun with our Instagram frame!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

IDNYC is offically here!

We are pleased to announce that the Red Hook Community Justice Center
will be serving as a pop-up site for the IDNYC program from January 5 – January 29! 

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 Jan. 5 and 29. We already have over 100 people signed up to get their ID’s but we want to fill every slot possible!

Check out the flyer which includes all of the relevant information, and appointments can be booked by calling 311 or going online at:

            For more information on the IDNYC program, check out their website at

                         We are more than excited to bring another important resource to our community!

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Day of Service!

 Today, July 10th our JustWorks: Summer Internship Participants teamed up with the Justice Center's Neighborhood Restitution Crew and the Community Service Supervisors to help with a project at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church. The church's gate spans about  three blocks and is extremely rusted and has chipped paint. Our project today was the scrape away the loose paint in order to prep it for a new coat of paint in a few weeks. It is a large job but we were out and ready to work!

It was a beautiful day and our interns wore their Justice Center shirts proudly and cheered each other along. The Father of the church was extremely  grateful and even people passing and driving by were cheering us on and thanking us as well. Projects like this are a good way to give back to the community through teamwork. It is the first of many projects we are working on with the church to help repair and beautify it. It was a great first service day for the internship program!  Thank you to Derek and Ronell for organizing such a great project and being such good supervisors to both the crew and kids who participated! 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Red Hook Youth Court Spring Recognition and Induction Ceremony

On June 16th, 2015 the Red Hook Youth Court opened its doors to family, friends, guest and staff for our Spring Recognition and Induction Ceremony where we acknowledged our members for their hard work and dedication. Honorable Judge, Alex Calabrese was the Key Note speaker of the ceremony. He is a huge supporter of the Red Hook Youth Court and truly believes in the mission of the program. We had a full house, with laughs, smiles and hugs!

10 members are moving on to other endeavors, in which 4 of those 10 are graduating seniors from High School who will be starting college this Fall. 10 Members will be staying on to serve as mentors and 10 newly inducted youth court members who were sworn in by Sergeant William Bauman, of the Unified Court System will all be sitting on the Youth Court and beginning their journey this Summer.
Additionally, Jamilah Daniels and Ann Doc, graduating members from Youth Court and High School wrote speeches on their experiences within the program, the gratitude for the staff leadership and mentorship and appreciation for their fellow members throughout their term of service. Jamilah and Ann also gave advice to the newly inducted members on how the work they will be doing is extremely important but to remember to also have fun while doing it. As a final surprise staff presented the 4 of our college bound members each with a $100 gift card to Target to help them with school supplies and prepare for their first semester in college! It was a fun and inspiring time, we look forward to continuing the hard work in and out of the courtroom.


Stay Tuned for more from the RHYC!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Supporting the Staten Island Youth Justice Center at "Inside/Outside Legislative Theatre" Performance

On June 4th, a group of the Red Hook Youth Court members and staff went to see the "Theater of the Oppressed NYC" performance at the New School. Before attending this event, the youth court members had no idea that anything like this went on! While there, we learned that 12 different legislative laws were changed through something called "Legislative Theatre." The audience members get to be "spect-actors," which is great because the actual audience members got to participate in the play themselves and share their ideas.

The performances last night were put on by members of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center (part of the Center for Court Innovation Family). These two plays dealt with real life issues such as getting stopped for not paying your bus fare, arriving late to school and getting sent to the principal's office because of the "zero tolerance policy," getting into fights at school, not knowing one's rights, and being racially discriminated against by one's peers, and even police corruption.

Not only did the Red Hook Youth Court members serve as "spect-actors," but one of our very own Senior Members, Kellon Garrick, got up on stage and acted out his own version of the skit. The members were excited and didn't want to leave when it was time to do so. It is incredible to see our youth be so involved in what is going on in our world today and share their thoughts and opinions with others. These youth will ultimately be our future and this legislative theater process allows their voices to be heard, loud and clear!