Last week has been a busy one for the Office of Youth and Community programs! Pumpkin Painting Party – 10/24
A few officers from our local precinct, PSA 1 originally came to us with a list
of ideas for events centered on neighborhood policing. The first event we were
able to collaborate for was the Pumpkin Painting Party on Tuesday. Our Mural
room was decorated with Halloween décor and different activity stations that
included, face painting, pumpkin painting and a games like pin the tail on the
cat. Every child was able to leave with a pumpkin, candy bag, coloring book and
bookmark. In addition our Mock Court room was transformed in to a spooky
CarnEVIL themed room where we scared the mess out of kids, teens and our
bravest of staff members. Many Justice Center staff members went in together
and were so excited to go in and get spooked out.
Lunch with Officers - 10/25 Apart of our Bridging the Gap Series: Youth, Community & Police we are now
working with local schools to develop re…
On October 19th, over 30 community members, Red Hook Community Justice Center staff, and Red Hook Youth Court members marched in a Peace Walk to raise awareness about Domestic
Violence – a critical issue that impacts many within our community. Red Hook
CARES (Counseling & Restorative Services) hosted this event in recognition
of Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the event aimed to empower
individuals to stand up and step out against domestic violence and intimate
partner violence. Domestic Violence Police Officers from the 76th
Precinct, NCOs from PSA1, and a representative from local non-profit Center for
Family Life joined with community members in denouncing domestic violence while
wearing RHCJC T-Shirts and carrying signs with slogans like “Love Shouldn’t
Hurt.” Carlotta Walcott (Coordinator of Women’s Services at the Hidden Victims
Project) and Mariama Diallo (the Project Director for the African Initiative at
Sanctuary for Families) spoke out about domestic violence a…
September 8th, Women in Touch, Red Hook CARES (Counseling and
Restorative Services), and the Justice Center’s Americorps members joined
together to host a community free store in Coffey Park. The Women in Touch
office on Richards Street is getting a revamp and our first step was clearing
out the clothing and items to make way for the new!
Touch has been a long time resource and space for the community of Red Hook and
the CARES team is super excited to join them in this project. However;
CARES and WIT couldn’t have done it without the help of the Americorps members,
who spent all day clearing out the Richards Street apartment and organizing items
to give away in the free store.
members dropped in throughout the day to shop, enjoy some lemonade, and chat
about what’s to come in the new space. The Women in Touch office on 135
Richards Street will continue to be a safe, community space. We are
re-decorating and furnishing the space to make way for community events,
The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps joined the Student Conservation Association to honor 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance on Governors Island. Following the events of September 11 Governors Island hosted the National Guard and first responders. Today, we are reminded that New York City is stronger and more resilient because of the service and dedication of individuals. AmeriCorps members worked on the Green Zone and improved the trail paths on the island. The members took pride in giving back and doing something positive!
evening, Red Hook staff, community residents, business owners, local law
enforcement and politicians joined together to celebrate Red Hook’s 23rd Annual
National Night Out Against Crime! Over thirty organizations participated in our
resource fair, including New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Carroll Gardens
Association and Rebuilding Together just to name a few.
number of elected officals including Councilmembers Lander, Menchaca, Senator
Squadron, and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez spoke a few words, and
thanked everyone for coming together and working to make Red Hook a safer
community. Activites included pony rides, face painting and relay races between
officers and youth. Overall, we had a great turn out and it was very rewarding
to see everyone interacting especially with law enforcement.
We would like to thank all of the Justice Center staff for helping to put
this together and work throughout the event, our court officers Josh and
Albie for helping with set-up along sid…
Last week the Office of Youth and Community Programs at the Justice Center celebrated our 1 year anniversary in our Bridging the Gap Series:
Youth, Community and Police!
community members, officers, guests and parents all joined together at Brooklyn
Borough Hall to reflect on the work we have been able to do within the last
year. For a few years now, this was just an idea that we were finally able to
bring to fruition with the help of PSA1s then Neighborhood Coordination Officer
(NCO), Edgard Centeno last July. The objective of our series is to educate our
youth and community members on how to build and improve relationships with
police, and allow them a safe space to interact. Incidents over the years
have caused broken seams between police officers and the communities they
serve. Thus, we wanted to create events where all parties could be heard and
bridge that gap.
few keynote speakers included Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Assistant
Chief Rodney Harrison, Assemblyman…
The Red Hook Community
Resilience Corps hosted their 2nd annual “Earth Day Event” last month in April. Over 70
children from the Red Hook Community joined the celebration. The afternoon
consisted of arts and crafts activities, face painting pot décor and flower
planting. The Americorps members were joined by staff of GrowNYC, who have been working closely with GrowNYC, developing ways
of bringing awareness to the community on Recycling.
In addition, to the fun
activities children had the opportunity along with their parents to receive
information and literature on tips for recycling in their homes. They
participated in a fun and interactive recycling game that tested their current
knowledge on recycling. Families left the event thinking about recycling and
their responsibility to care for earth, especially children who carried their
pots home in hopes that their seeds would bloom into flowers with their care.
This week, Red Hook CARES threw its first ever community
event in celebration of Women’s History Month!
The theme Mind, Body and Soul helped remind the strong, talented, hardworking and beautiful women in this building and in our community to appreciate one another and take some time out of their day to take care of their health, wellness, and spirit.
A delicious spread of dishes and desserts contributed by staff were recipes “inspired by women who inspired them.” Khadijah James from Joseph Addabo Health Center provided free blood pressure and health screens. Professional make-up artist Louis Cruz did extravagant full makeovers. Our own Marissa Williams did hair styling, Deanna Cherry from Red Hook Initiative led relaxation activities and spa activities. Arts and craft stations allowed people to decorate “dream boxes” for themselves or a special woman in their life with inspirational messages. Samora Coles provided information about her services for young mothers at Alex House. And …
Earlier this month AmeriCorps, Peacemaking, Youth Programs
and Women in Touch joined together to Celebrate
Black HistoryMonth! We held a fundraiser auctioning off photography from past JustArts: Photography
classes and special art pieces created by AmeriCorps members, Peacemaking
participants and Alice Tapia. We also had a dance performance from two of our very own Youth Court members.
Special thank you to everyone who made food and art donations. Lastly, thank you Sequoia from our AmeriCorps program for leading the charge and all of the AmeriCorps members and staff who stood late to clean up! #GOREDHOOK
This week the Youth and Community Programs department here at the Red Hook
Community Justice Center were fortunate enough to put together and host their 3rd
installment in their Bridging the Gap Series: Youth, Community and Police titled GAME NIGHT! We had over 100 participants in
attendance in just two hours, including more than 25 officers present from
various local precincts (PSA 1, 76th, 72nd and PSA 9).
With crowd favorite games such as a Birthday Line Up, Family Feud and
Pictionary games just to name a few and ending the night with a “Juju on that
Beat” dance off we were able to host a successful and fun-filled event! We
understand that teambuilding is crucial in strengthening relationships, and our
main goal is to also allow local youth and community members to partner up with
of our young people have expressed wanting to connect with officers but just
did not know where to start. The purpose of our series is to come
together, break down most stereotypes and promo…