Local Leaders

In 2014, RHI launched “Local Leaders,” a training program designed for public housing residents to learn about emergency preparedness and community organizing; this program was developed through lessons learned in response to Hurricane Sandy.

To date, RHI has trained over 200 public housing residents to be Local Leaders. The program teaches skills that help prepare for and respond to emergencies, provides activities to deepen relationships among neighbors and offers opportunities for leadership development, community building and intergenerational learning.

The curriculum was developed in partnership with local residents; as of 2017, the English- and Spanish-speaking classes are now fully facilitated by graduates of the Local Leaders program. Due to its success, RHI is fully committed to the continued improvement and sustainability of the Local Leaders program.

Meet the Red Hook Local Leaders