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.