Allies Program Launches


Nikhita Venogupal of 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.


Learning lab is here!

Learning lab is here!

Check out the new RHI Learning Lab, courtesy of Time Warner Cable.  Many thanks to TWC for giving our kids the tools they need to succeed!

How To Build A Low-Cost “Wi-Fi Mesh Network” For Emergency Communication

David Lumb’s piece on the work our amazing Digital Stewards continue to do for our Red Hook community.

When tropical storms hit New York City, internet connectivity is often the first thing to go down. The next time it happens in the low-lying coastal community of Red Hook, Brooklyn, it will be a group of teenagers running something called a Wi-Fi Mesh Network that will come to the rescue–providing a model for a low-cost, community-built solution to the so-called Last Mile gaps that the massive telcos can’t (or won’t) bridge.

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