Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Keeping up with the Office of Youth & Community Programs!

 As an addition to our long running internship fair, and community need for employment and educational services the Office of Youth and Community programs hosted our first annual College & Career Fair!

 On Thursday, October 27th at the Miccio Community Center we opened our doors to young adults and community members from Red Hook and other parts of Brooklyn in hopes of providing them accessto educational resources, job readiness resources, career advancements and access to employment opportunities.
We partnered up with over 30 local colleges, youth development programs and businesses!

They all came out to help spread information to the public. Some organizations and businesses included, Starbucks, Bottom Line, YearUp and U.S Army Recruiting Center. Colleges included York College, St. Francis College, Franklin Career Institute, St. Joseph's College and Borough of Manhattan Community College just to name a few. We would like to thank everyone who came out and helped make the event a success, we are looking forward to next year!

Also, in order to help celebrate Halloween we teamed up with the Red Hook Recreational Center for a fun-filled and youth friendly event called "Halloween Costume Party!"

The Justice Center had a table where children could create bookmarks, play Halloween bingo and engage in a mummy wrap race. There was snacks, haunted rooms, games, drinks, party bags, face painting and more! It was a great way to celebrate and gather the community together. We loved seeing everyone come dressed up in costumes and get in the Halloween spirit! We hope everyone enjoyed Halloween! #GOREDHOOK 


Join AmeriCorps at the Justice Center!

              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

Part 2 of Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police Series

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

Civil Legal Services returning to the Justice Center

On Monday, September 19th we are bringing New York Legal Assistance Group's Mobile Legal Help Center back to the Justice Center!

The van is staffed by two civil attorneys who come prepared to offer advice and answer questions regarding a wide range of civil legal issues including immigration, government benefits, identity theft, divorce, custody, employment, housing and more!

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

Another successful summer!

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. 

Just last week the Office of Youth and Community Programs held on End of Program Ceremony for the JustWorks: Summer Internship Program. Recognizing the diligence and hard work that all of the interns have shown during these last few weeks at their sites and during the community service projects.

The Summer Internship sites this year included:
  • Community Board 7
  • Turning Point
  • Animal Loving Care
  • Law Office of Indra Pal
  • Rapid Realty
  • Brooklyn Defender Services
  • New York State Assemblyman's Office: Felix Ortiz

 We would like to congratulate the interns once again and thank all of the sites for helping us to make this yet another successful summer!

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 23rdWe 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


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer College Trip 2016

Every summer the office of Youth and Community programs takes our youth program participants on an annual college trip. We like to explore different colleges  and university's including in places like New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

Last week students from our Just Works Summer Internship Program, which aims to connect teens and young adults to professional development opportunities teamed up with our Youth Court and a few of our Red Hook Community Resilience Corps members. Together they headed out with staff to Connecticut to visit and tour the University of Connecticut and the College of New Rochelle.

     It was a great day, especially to get out of the city and expose our youth to different campuses, dorm life and educational opportunities out there!  

We look forward to next year! #GOREDHOOK