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A Day of Service in Coffey Park!

This morning the JustWorks: Summer Internship Program Participants and staff teamed up with the Parks Department to finish a project in Coffey Park. Located right across the street from the Justice Center, it is a very popular park in the neighborhood and is always full of local residents and children.


One of the fences around the playground area needed a paint job due to chipped paint, therefore our project was give the gate two fresh coats of paint to help beautify the area and overall park. In just two hours they were able to finish the job, some interns described the experience as peaceful and relaxing.

It is one of the many community service projects the Summer Internship Program will be completing throughout the next few weeks.

We would like to thank the Parks Department for allowing us to tag along on this project, it is always agood feeling to give back! #GOREDHOOK








Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police

Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police

On Tuesday July 19th, the department of Youth and Community Programs created and implemented an event titled “Bridging the Gap: Youth, Community and Police”

The principal 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 and get to know one another on a person level.
A few community officers from the local Police Service Area One (PSA1) precinct in Red Hook, joined us along with some of our youth program participants, Peacemakers and Justice Center staff. Some of the conversations included what it takes to become a police officer, what is life like as an officer and much more. 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 around officers and humanize them. Many of the officers talked a…