Allies Program Launches

 

Nikhita Venogupal of dnainfo.com attended our kick off event for our new Allies program and wrote this great article:

RED HOOK — When Hurricane Sandy battered Red Hook, volunteers traveled from across the country to lend a helping hand in the neighborhood.

And now, a local nonprofit is harnessing that benevolent spirit into a new program.

The Red Hook Initiativelaunched the “Allies Program” this week, a new way for people to volunteer their time and expertise to the organization that primarily works with young people in Red Hook.

The Allies Program lets people sign up to participate in one-time fundraisers and activities, as well as join a training program for those interested in working directly with students and young adults.

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Red Hook WiFI

Red Hook WiFi is a community-led effort to close the digital divide, generate economic opportunity, facilitate access to essential services and improve quality of life in Red Hook, Brooklyn via the deployment of a wireless Internet network.  In partnership with local businesses and residents, Red Hook WiFi is providing access to the Internet and the resources it provides to residents of our neighborhood, where broadband adoption rates are lower than the city average. Additionally, each time a user signs on to the network, our splash page displays local events, places of businesses, local news, jobs listings and more. Red Hook WiFi is completely free to users.

To learn more about hosting a node or becoming part fo the Red Hook WiFi network, contact us at redhookwifi@rhicenter.org

Digital Stewards

The Digital Stewards are young adults from Red Hook ages 19-24, employed by the Red Hook Initiative to install, maintain and promote the WiFi network and use technology to bring about community development. The Stewards are trained in wireless network installation, software and hardware troubleshooting, and community organizing using a curriculum created by the Open Technology Institute and Allied Media Projects. Working with OTI, the Red Hook Initiative has adapted the lessons to include job training and career development for the young adults. The RHI Digital Steward program is part of our Young Adult Program. After completing a 6 month or 1 year cycle, RHI works to place the Stewards in jobs, internships or further training.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the Digital Steward program, please email Tony Schloss at tony (at) rhicenter.org