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Showing posts from March, 2015

Celebrating Women's HERstory!

March is Women's History Month! In recognition of that  youth court members learned about different influential woman known and not so known. To educate the youth court members, the staff placed pictures of influential women past and present along the walls of the youth court room. The members then walked around the room and looked at the pictures and information provided. Once they were done, we had a discussion on what they learned from the photos and information provided. As a bonus, we also asked the members to share who was an influential woman that they knew personally.  We heard everything from teachers, mothers, sisters and grand mothers. It was wonderful to hear the great stories and reasons why they found these women influential.

Stay Tuned for our upcoming Earth Day Event in April!

Socks for the Sole

Throughout the months of January and February with the help of Justice Center staff, members of the Red Hook Youth Court created sock bundles for those in need. The bundles consisted of brand new pairs of socks stuffed with snacks such as granola bars and cookies. On March 3rd the members donated the sock bundles to the Food First pantry located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  This winter season weather has been pretty rough and the youth court members wanted to give back in a unique way. The staff at Food First were very appreciative of our donation and the members were happy to be able to help in a small way.

This was a great way to begin this month, so please stay tuned for what else we have coming down the pike!

Did you know February 22-28 was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? RHYC Did!

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, approximately 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.  According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated disorders , 95% of the people who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. On Thursday, February 26th 2015 after all court proceedings were conducted, the Red Hook Youth Court recognized National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Members learned about a few different eating disorders that including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

Following our discussion, Youth Court members were encouraged to create "I Love my_____because____” statements. The statements described qualities and characteristics that they love about themselves as a way of recognizing National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Each member proudly shared their responses and enjoyed being able to express themselves in a new and positive way.  Being knowledgeable about eat…