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

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Scavenger Hunt for National Youth Court Month

On September 23, 2014, in recognition of National Youth Court Month the Red Hook Youth Court members participated in a Scavenger Hunt created for them by the Staff. The members were split in to four teams and each team walked through the local neighborhood solving riddles and receiving clues based on a fictional court case 283065 Youth Court vs. Michael Hunt. 
Youth Court members at Checkpoint 1
Youth Court members at Checkpoint 1
Their job was to find out what offense Michael was sent to Youth Court for and where he was confronted by the police. At each ‘checkpoint’ they were given a riddle based on information about the youth court and if they were able to solve it they would receive the next clue. At the end of the hunt, once they received their four clues, they went back to the Red Hook Community justice center and wrote up a statement based on what they think happened on the day the respondent committed the crime. The team closest to the correct story would win the hunt a prize. 
Youth Court members working on their statements
This scavenger hunt allowed the kids to think critically and use information they learned through training and their experiences in the court room to solve the clues. The clues and riddles were not easy so each team had to work together to complete the task. Only a few of our kids are actually from Red Hook so this experience also gave everyone the opportunity to explore and get to know the neighborhood more. The scavenger hunt was a success. The members had fun and really delved into it. It’s always fun doing activities outside the courtroom. We are already thinking fun ideas for upcoming events. Stay Tuned!!!
Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Victim Services Program at the Justice Center

October is domestic violence awareness month and the Red Hook Community Justice Center is happy to announce it will start a new Victim Services Program later this year. The program will serve victims of crime, with a focus on victims of domestic violence. Serving both court-involved victims and community residents, the Crime Victim Services program will play a key role in providing a multi-disciplinary response to crime victims. More details to come. In the meantime, we’re hiring a Social Worker and Case Manager for this program. See links below for more details. The last day to apply is October 31.

Senior Crime Victim Specialist (LMSW)

Crime Victim Services Case Manager:

Jessica Colon,
Deputy Project Director

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Red Hook Youth Court Remembers 9/11

“In keeping up with Red Hook Youth Court tradition and in recognition of the 13th anniversary of September 11th,the youth court members baked some treats and dropped off goody baskets with thank you cards to the local precinct and fire department – honoring them for their bravery during 9/11 and on an everyday basis. We salute them!”
Red Hook Youth Court Members At  Local Fire Engine 202
Red Hook Youth Court Members With Officer Vincent Marrone of The 76th Precinct

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Red Hook Youth Court Goes to the U.S. District Court

On Thursday, August 28th the Red Hook Youth Court members visited the U.S District Courthouse and were able to attend a Naturalization Ceremony lead by the Honorable Judge William Kuntz. 
Following the ceremony Youth Court members went up to Judge Kuntz's courtroom where he greeted the members and allowed them to ask him questions regarding law, justice and current social issues. The discussion and visit as a whole went very well. 
Red Hook Youth Court Members & Staff With Honorable Judge William Kuntz
For the past year the Red Hook Youth Court has been establishing its relationship with the Eastern District’s  U.S. Attorney's Office and District Courthouse. So far we have visited the courthouse twice and most recently held one of our bi-annual Graduation and Induction ceremonies in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Courthouse. 
Red Hook Youth Court Members Outside The Courthouse 
This Fall for their third time a few of the U.S. Attorney's will be coming back to the Red Hook Youth Court to facilitate a few training sessions for our upcoming training cohort. We hope to maintain our relationship as our members continue to advocate for juvenile justice.
Sabrina Carter
Youth and Community Programs Coordinator