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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Good Signs in Red Hook

The Red Hook Community Justice Center has recently installed new signs throughout the building. This signage project is part of a larger initiative called Procedural Justice which aims to improve courtroom communication and court users' perceptions of the court process. Procedural justice research shows when defendants and litigants perceive the court process to be fair, they are more likely to comply with court orders and follow the law in the future. You can learn more about procedural justice here: #proceduraljustice

Jessica Colon
Deputy Project Director

Monday, August 11, 2014

Creating Opportunities for Youth Near and Far

Last week, the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Kentler International Drawing Space celebrated the culmination of our JustArts Make Your Mark youth drawing program with an exhibition of the student's work at Kentler's gallery. Local middle school students were able to participate in this summer program and learn about the art of drawing. Staff, students and their families and friends, were on hand to celebrate the exhibition.

The week before, the Justice Center's JustWorks Summer Internship Program went on a college trip to visit Fairfield and Bridgeport colleges in Connecticut. Participants in our internship program, are all local high school students that are placed at host sites where they gain real work experience, receive training before and during their internship, and earn a stipend. Most of our students aspire to go to college, and one of the highlights of our internship program is giving the opportunity to learn more about the college application process and visit different campuses.

Jessica Colon
Deputy Project Director

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Red Hook Celebrates National Night Out Against Crime

Yesterday, community residents, NYPD, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, local organizations, and elected officials came out to celebrate Red Hook's 20th Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Red Hook is proud of its history of cooperation between community and law enforcement to make our neighborhood a safe place to live. There was food, music, fun activities for kids, and a resource fair.

Residents Enjoy National Night Out Against Crime in Coffey Park

Children Line-up Face Painting by our Red Hook Youth Court members

Children Enjoy Arts and Crafts with our Red Hook Youth Court

Residents Take Advantage of Information Provided at our Resource Fair

Judge Sharon Hudson and Red Hook Community Justice Center Project Director Julian Adler

Alice Tapia of Women in Touch Provides Mini-manicures

The NYPD Explorers Were Working Hard at the Grill

Residents Enjoy Delicious BBQ

Power Play Provides fun Activities for Kids

                                                      Red Hook loves the Cha Cha Slide!

Council member Carlos Menchaca showed off his dance moves

Many local politicians and government officials came out to support this event including:  King County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Council members Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, representatives from Mayor De Blasio, Borough President Eric Adams, and Public Advocate Leticia James,  and Cecil House, General Manager of NYCHA.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson Addresses the Crowd

76th Precinct Captain Justin Lenz, PSA 1 Captain Kurt Cani, Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, NYCHA General Manager Cecil House, Deputy Project Director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center Jessica Colon

Council Member Brad Lander Helps Present Proclamations to 76th Precinct Captain Justin Lenz and PSA 1 Captain Kurt Cani

Council member Carlos Menchaca, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and Assemblywoman Joan Millman

Red Hook's National Night Out is presented by the the Red Hook Community Justice Center, NYPD 76th Precinct, the NYDP PSA 1, the NYPD Explorers Program, the NYPD Auxiliary Police, the Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, the New York State Office of Court Administration, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Jessica Colon
Deputy Project Director