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Red Hook Continues a Proud AmeriCorp Tradition

Last Friday the Red Hook Community Justice Center proudly swore in its 17th AmeriCorps cohort. It was a wonderful occasion to cap off our first week of training and orientation. Members in our Americorps program, the New York Juvenile Justice Corps, serve at-risk youth and their communities. Every year we recruit 58 individuals to serve as part time and full time volunteers in Center for Court Innovations projects, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Officer Leroy Davis, a life-long Red Hook resident and Court Office of the Justice Center had the honor of swearing in the members. After the swearing-in ceremony, the members were led by Reg Flowers of Falcon Works Artists Group, a local Red Hook performing arts organization, in an inter-active team building exercise. We're looking forward to another successful year of service with our new members.


Court Officer Leroy Davis swears in our newest AmeriCorps members.


Roberto Julbe, a former AmeriCorps member and current Housing Resource Coordinator at the Justice Center shares his experience with the members.

Reg Flowers of Falcon Works lead the members in a team-building activity.

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