Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps will be having a second year!
*We are currently accepting applications for all positions*
The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps is an AmeriCorps National Service Program that seeks to make Red Hook a safer, stronger and more resilient community. Corps members will be part of our unconventional programs and services throughout the Justice Center that engage local residents, promote public safety and solve local problems such as Housing Resource Center, Peacemaking, Alternatives to Incarceration, Youth and Community Programs, High School Equivalency classroom and Neighborhood Restitution Crew.
In addition, full time and half time members will serve as mentors to minimum time members in the AmeriCorps program and perform service projects throughout the neighborhood. By the end of the AmeriCorps term, each member will be responsible for planning and implementing their own event for the community.
Full Time members will commit to serve for one year from January 2nd-December 22nd, 2017. They will be responsible for completing 1,700 hours by working 35-40 hours a week. They will receive a total stipend of $12,530 for the year that will be divided into bi-monthly checks and an educational award of $5,730. Applicants must be 18 years and older, have a High School or High School Equivalency Diploma and be legally allowed to work in the United States.
Half Time members will commit to serve six to nine months between January 2nd and September 1st, 2017. They will be responsible for completing 900 hours by working 25-30 hours a week. They will receive a total stipend of $3,759 for the months served that will be divided into bi-monthly checks and an educational award of $2,759. Applicants must be between the ages of 17-24, high school or high school equivalency diploma preferred but not required and be legally allowed to work in the United States.
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2016. There is a one-on one interview and group interview occurring at the end of November/early December.
For any questions please contact Leslie Gonzaga at (718) 923-8242 or LGonzaga@nycourts.gov.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
This week the Office of Youth and Community held our 2nd event of our Series titled “Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police” The 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 with and get to know one another on a person level. With many of the unfortunate current events involving police happening this follow up event came at a great time to have these hard discussions.
The room was filled with over 15 officers who came ready and eager to interact with everyone from our local precincts (72, 76 and PSA1) . Staff and Students from Summit Academy, South Brooklyn Community High School, Youth Court members, staff and participants from the Miccio Community Center, Parents, NYPD Youth Explorers, Justice Center staff, Americorps members, Peacemakers and a few of our DA’s were all in attendance.
Like our last event 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. Many of the officers talked about their personal experiences on and off the job and related with attendees in many ways. To close the event we all gathered in one large circle and had a discussion which included ideas for future events, and overall feedback.
One of the best things taken from this was that many of the participants commented that such a series is necessary and were happy to meet and get to know local officers. Additionally, many of the officers were and are enthusiastic about being a part of more events like this. We have begun initiating the steps to improve relationships and contributing to the much needed change and we will continue to do so.
Stay tuned for future events like this!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
On Monday, September 19th we are bringing New York Legal Assistance Group's Mobile Legal Help Center back to the Justice Center!
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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.
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 23rd. We 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