Clint’s First Stop


Clint registered to vote at RHI as soon as he was eligible.

As soon as he heard the results, Clint came straight to Red Hook Initiative (RHI) to share the news: after months of hard work, he had earned his High School Equivalency diploma (formerly known as GED). For over a decade, Clint has relied on RHI as an outlet for academic assistance, job preparation, and emotional support. He excelled as one of the first members of RHI’s Youth Leaders Program in high school, found employment at IKEA through the Young Adult Program, and honed media and tech skills as a Digital Steward. In reflecting on Clint‘s recent achievement, Meghan Ryan, RHI’s Young Adult Program Manager, proudly credited Clint‘s “persistence and commitment, even when things got hard.”

91% of RHI’s High School Youth Leaders graduate or are on track to graduate high school. In 2017, RHI will empower youth, organize residents, and invest in the Red Hook community. Our work will impact the lives of over 5,000 residents, like Clint, who confront barriers at every turn.

Data Compiled by Red Hook Initiative Shows Rampant Mold Problem in Brooklyn’s Largest Public Housing Development, Linked to Lasting Health Problems for Residents

moldreportimageforsmAs the 4 year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, we are shifting our focus to a long standing issue highlighted by the storm, the impact of mold on public housing residents in Red Hook. While Sandy brought to light mold problems in deteriorating NYCHA buildings, exposure to mold and its harmful effect on health have plagued residents in Red Hook Houses for years. We are calling for immediate and long term solutions.

With the support of resident led research and conversations with nearly 150 community members attending input sessions, we’ve released a report today entitled: The Impact of Mold on Red Hook NYCHA Tenants: A Health Crisis in Public Housing. Read our Press Release here.



Rashid is 1 of 61 College Scholars receiving year round support.

Five summers ago, Rashid signed up for Red Hook Initiative’s (RHI) Middle School program. Since that summer, when Rashid was 12, he has participated in RHI’s programs year round. Like hundreds of youth from Red Hook working toward a high school diploma, Rashid has taken home a bi-weekly paycheck from RHI for the past four years as a Youth Leader. Rashid utilized mediation skills as a Peer Counselor, provided nourishing food for his peers as a Teen Chef, and used his writing skills to highlight issues of importance for Red Hook youth through a publication, “Zine.”

Graduating high school was not always a guarantee for Rashid, who relied on RHI for academic and social support every day after school. This summer, Rashid worked with RHI staff as a Program Assistant, to keep high school youth on track towards their academic and personal goals. 120 high school and young adult participants found employment through RHI this summer, and Rashid helped make this possible. Next week, he will head off to SUNY Plattsburgh, beginning his freshman year as a first-generation college student. Rashid says, “RHI opened so many doors for me.”