Red Hook WiFi

Red Hook WiFI

Red Hook WiFi is a community-led effort to close the digital divide, generate economic opportunity, facilitate access to essential services and improve quality of life in Red Hook, Brooklyn via the deployment of a wireless Internet network. In partnership with local businesses and residents, Red Hook WiFi is providing access to the Internet and the resources it provides to residents of our neighborhood, where broadband adoption rates are lower than the city average. Additionally, each time a user signs on to the network, our splash page displays local events, places of businesses, local news, jobs listings and more. Red Hook WiFi is completely free to users.

To learn more about hosting a node or becoming part of the Red Hook WiFi network, contact us at redhookwifi (at) rhicenter.org

Digital Stewards

The Digital Stewards are young adults from Red Hook ages 19-24, employed by the Red Hook Initiative to install, maintain and promote the WiFi network and use technology to bring about community development. The Stewards are trained in wireless network installation, software and hardware troubleshooting, and community organizing using a curriculum created by the Open Technology Institute and Allied Media Projects. Working with OTI, the Red Hook Initiative has adapted the lessons to include job training and career development for the young adults. The RHI Digital Steward program is part of our Young Adult Program. After completing a 6 month or 1 year cycle, RHI works to place the Stewards in jobs, internships or further training. To learn more about the day to day work of the Digital Stewards, please visit their blog.

Digital Stewards are available to record meetings, interviews or produce other digital content for your business or non profit organization. As part of the Digital Boot Camp, a community collaboration between Dance Theater Etcetera, Red Hook Initiative and South Brooklyn Community High School/Good Shepherd Services taking place each summer, Digital Stewards produce short marketing videos for local businesses and feature them on the Red Hook WIFI network.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the Digital Steward program, please email Tony Schloss at tony (at) rhicenter.org