OEM Recognizes Red Hook Local Leaders

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RHI Receives Partners in Preparedness Award

Last week, RHI and the Red Hook Local Leaders proudly accepted the Partners in Preparedness Award from the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Four alumni of the Local Leaders program, who now co-facilitate training sessions at RHI, attended the ceremony to accept the award from Commissioner Joseph J. Esposito.
Local Leaders is a bi-annual emergency preparedness training series, conducted in both English and Spanish, to ensure that residents of Red Hook gain the skills needed in a crisis and the ability to become leaders of the response and recovery efforts of any emergency or disaster. Over 125 Local Leaders have participated in the program since it began last year as a project of the Red Hook Coalition. The training improves individual and family preparedness and strengthens the social resiliency of Red Hook residents. Partners include NYC agencies, EMTs, FDNY, and organizing groups.
RHI is honored to be the recipient of an award recognizing the resilience and preparedness of Red Hook residents in the event of an emergency. Three years ago today, when Hurricane Sandy left thousands of residents of the Red Hook Houses without electricity, heat, or running water, RHI staff organized and took action to respond to the needs of their own community. Today, the presence of Local Leaders increases the neighborhood’s preparedness and ensures long-term resilience here in Red Hook.

Wave of the Future

Published on September 17, 2015
The flotilla will set out from Valentino Pier on Sunday, making its way into the choppy waters of New York Harbor.

It’s the Red Hook Regatta, and it’s not your average regatta (if there is such a thing).

For one, all of the boats are 3-D printed, radio-controlled and have to fit in a 2x2x2-foot box.

And for an extra challenge: The boats must transport as much cargo — little boxes made to look like shipping containers — as possible in the time allowed.

Pioneer Works, an arts center in Red Hook, and Red Hook Initiative’s Digital Stewards, a branch of the nonprofit that helps get young people ready for a digital work environment, collaborated to create the event.

David Sheinkopf, co-director of education and a tech integrator at Pioneer Works, spoke about how the regatta came to be.

“It brought up a lot of interesting ways to use this technology to teach nontech things,” he said.The goal was to explore Red Hook’s history and the important role that shipping played, he said, and then translate it into a 21st-century technological language.

Seven teams will be participating — five from Digital Stewards, one jewelry designer and his daughters, and one team of engineers from Oxo, the kitchen and office supplies manufacturer.

“Those guys are way over-engineering it,” Mr. Sheinkopf said of the Oxo team. “I think we’re going to” beat them, he said, in saltier language.

The Red Hook Regatta launches on Sunday at 4 p.m., at the Valentino Pier in Red Hook.

How RHI Youth Spent Summer Vacation



For RHI middle school participants, the summer was anything but quiet. 35 middle school youth spent their summer vacation immersed in programs here in Red Hook as well as throughout New York City. Made possible by funding from School’s Out New York City through the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, days at RHI were spent rotating between dance instruction, steel drumming workshops, technology programs, and more. Trips to local sites included Coney Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Rye Playland; the range of programs and day trips kept youth excited and looking forward to every day.

A steel drum workshop became a fast favorite among Red Hook youth this summer.

A steel drum workshop became a fast favorite among Red Hook youth this summer.

Malcolm West, Middle School Group Leader and former RHI participant, observed that youth “displayed leadership skills and discovered new talents for the first time” during summer program, recalling an activity in Prospect Park where the only way to reach the finish line was by working together.

Josie, who will be in 8th grade this fall, reflected on her summer: “My favorite program was learning how to make a commercial for a popular video game.” Through working with her peers on the team-building project, Josie says she not only learned but made new friends in the process. Meanwhile, RHI continued to engage other community members this summer, with 24 young adults enrolled in Professional Development, 50 Local Leaders in training, and 60 high school students hired for paid positions. This summer has set the stage for a productive beginning to the new school year.