Our 2016 Impact Report is here. True to our community-centered approach, we engaged in participatory research, involving youth and adult participants as well as staff members in designing and carrying out our evaluation.


Learn more about our work in the 2015 Annual Report.

Middle School

RHI front pageRHI offers a daily middle school program for youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The program serves 50 members and focuses on academic enrichment, homework help, leadership, and life skills. Individual program components include: cooking club, dance, reading circle, technology club, career builder workshops, and team building activities. This program is the first phase of the RHI Empowerment Pipeline and builds skills and knowledge so that members may continue to our Youth Leader program in high school.

In addition to the programs offered daily, all enrolled middle school members receive the following: social work screening, behavioral health screening, academic assessment , college awareness activities, and social justice awareness activities.

Additional services offered for middle school-aged youth participants:

Tutoring – one-on-one and small group tutoring helps middle school students work toward a clearly defined academic goal.

Educational Advocacy – offers assistance advocating with teachers and guidance counselors for youth who are struggling in school, finding appropriate educational placements if a school transfer is needed, or creating study plans or behavior modification tools to improve school performance.

Strengths-Based Counseling – social work services support individuals and families through counseling, mentoring, case management and peer to peer support. Referrals are made for long-term or additional services. The purpose is to support youth working through life challenges, while promoting empowerment and resiliency.

Family Institutes of Bold Hope – multi-family groups for families with children “working-through” social and emotional challenges in school and/or home. The purpose is to promote emotional healing, empowerment, and transformation within families, school systems, and the community. Children and parents gain power in communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

Mirrors of Strength – a leadership and empowerment group for 12-14 year old girls. The purpose is to provide each girl with tools to discover her strengths and work through life challenges. Topics include: conflict resolution, body image, self identity and empowerment.

For more information about our Middle School Program, please email [email protected]

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High School

graduationRHI serves 125 high school members through our Youth Leader program, the second stage of our Empowerment Pipeline. This is a four-year program that is designed to train teenagers in basic employment and leadership skills, while supporting their holistic development.  Within this program, young people not only gain their own skills and knowledge, they also begin to teach their peers and share their knowledge and skills to improve their own community.

Youth spend one year focused on specific topics, becoming Peer Health Educators, Peer Counselors, Teen Chefs, Youth Organizers, Youth Researchers, Media Interns, or Entrepreneurs. They share what they learn through workshops, demonstrations, “one-on-ones” and community-focused activities, with 650 additional youth each year.

All enrolled high school members receive the following: social work screening, behavioral health screening, academic screening, college readiness programming, career exposure programming, resume preparation and referrals for employment/ internships, and social justice activities.

Additional services offered for high school age youth participants:

  • Counseling
  • SAT Prep Classes
  • Tutoring
  • Educational Advocacy
  • Reproductive health counseling and HIV testing
  • Job development services

RHI College Scholars: supports alumni who are working toward a two or four year college degree. Members are supported with financial aid applications, scholarship opportunities, and form a strong network of emotional support to succeed at the college level.

Crews: small peer groups are used to create a supportive environment for young adults working toward a common goal like a completing a GED, finding a job, parenting, or stress reduction.

Additional services offered for young adult participants:

  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Educational Advocacy, including college support services
  • Reproductive health counseling and HIV testing
  • Job development services

For more information about our High School Program, please email [email protected]

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Young Adult


RHI serves 150 young adult members during the final stage of our Youth Empowerment Pipeline.

The services and programs offered support young adults to transition to life as an independent adult progressing on a self-determined path.

College Access Program

Pre-College Scholars supports young adults who aspire to enroll in college. Whether it’s after securing their HSE, after a break from college and ready to re-enroll, or realizing as a young adult that college is in their future, this group is supported from the first inquiry up until actual college acceptance.

College Scholars supports Red Hook young adults who are working toward a two or four year college degree. Scholars are supported with financial aid applications, scholarship opportunities, and guidance and advocacy in navigating the college journey. Members gain a strong network of emotional support to succeed at college.

One-on-one and small group tutoring is offered for college students or those working to complete their HSE.
Employment Training:

Our 12-week employment training program provides members the opportunity to gain basic professional skills to qualify for entry-level employment with our external and internal paid job-training opportunities. Members improve their overall marketability by gaining new skills and work experience.

For those young adults who are already job-ready, we provide support with job searches, creating resumes and cover letters, and with interview preparation.

Support Groups & Socio-Emotional Support:

Small peer groups are used to create a supportive environment for young adults working toward a common goal like completing  the HSE, finding a job, parenting, or stress reduction. We also offer one-on-one counseling, case management, reproductive health counseling, and HIV testing. We refer to a core group of partners for legal support, financial literacy, benefits assistance, and long-term mental health care.

An important part of being a 19 – 24 year old is having a social network and having options for fun. RHI offers regular events on weekend evenings that offer a safe space for young adults to gather. Karaoke events, local outings, game/movie nights, and other activities are open to all young adult members.

For more information about our Young Adult Program, please email [email protected]

Digital Stewards & Red Hook WIFI

RHI’s Digital Stewards program trains young adults from Red Hook to use technology as a pathway to community development and employment. Over 8 months, Digital Stewards learn media and technology skills while installing and maintaining Red Hook WIFI – a free wireless Internet network for the community.

In a neighborhood with a 75% unemployment rate for 19 – 24 year olds, Digital Stewards is a life-changing alternative for Red Hook youth. Program graduates are supported to find full-time jobs, fellowships or further training in the tech and media industries.

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Community Building


Our fourth program focuses on building a healthy and sustainable Red Hook community. We envision our three youth development programs as a pipeline for a young person that offers long-term support toward a high school diploma, a college degree or job training program, and a self-determined career path. Our community building work is the foundation that supports the youth development pipeline.

Red Hook Local Leaders

The Red Hook Local Leaders program launched in July 2014 with a
training series that brings together local residents to improve individual and family
preparedness and to strengthen the social resiliency of Red Hook public housing
residents. The Local Leaders training series ensures that residents living in Red
Hook gain skills in emergency response and become leaders of the response and
recovery efforts of any future emergency or disaster.

Since the creation of the program, RHI has trained 125 Local Leaders, the majority
of whom are residents of theNYCHA Red Hook Houses. Training topics include:
Ready New York, Heat and Health Preparedness, CPR/ First Aid certification,
Outreach and Organizing, Volunteer Management and Coordination, Individual and
Family Preparedness, Psychological First Aid, Coordinating with Government Agencies,
and more.

For more information about our Community Building Program, please email [email protected]
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