Career Starters Series

Starting July 5, 2022

The 70-hour training will consist of hybrid workshops with a 2- 3 month internship phase providing young adults (YA’s) an opportunity to earn $ while strengthening their interpersonal skills related to their personal and professional growth through committedly participating in training sessions on Self Awareness: Goal Setting; Teamwork & Collaboration: Effective Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication; Standards of Professionalism: Professional Code Switching; Job Attainment: Resume & Cover Letter building, with more creative ways to go about youth earning their dollars!

1. The Young Adult is 16 – 24 years of age
2. The Young Adult must live in or have affiliation with the Red Hook Community
3. The Young Adult MUST be able to commit to attending all Zoom sessions and workshops

Complete our Young Adult Intake Form or email Generra.Garris@rhicenter.org.

College Institute

The College Institute is a two-week intensive for rising college freshmen that prepares incoming freshman and returning students for their first year of college and/or to return to college, providing students with adequate information on how to navigate college.

Freedom School

July 5th through August 12th

In partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom School is a six-week summer and after-school literacy and cultural enrichment program rooted in the history of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. Freedom Schools instills a love of reading through a lens of Black history and culture. By the end of the summer, on average, RHI middle and high school youth improved their reading skills by two grade levels. Youth not only focused on literacy, they also created a social justice campaign, #ProtectChildrenNotGuns and learned about gun violence and its effects on youth across the country.

For more information, please email Divina@rhicenter.org.

Red Hook Farm Stand

Fresh, affordable produce grown right here in Red Hook! We use organic and regenerative practices to grow the vegetables and steward the land. Support local farming and youth empowerment by shopping at the farm stand! Visit our farm stand at Red Hook Houses Farm, 30 Wolcott Street every Friday from 10am-2pm and at Columbia Street Farm, 560 Columbia Street every Saturday, from 10am – 2pm.

Red Hook Open Streets

RHI has partnered with NYC Department of Transportation “Open Streets” since May of 2020. Since then, we have offered multilingual, weekly community office hours for over 225 residents and distributed over $217,000 to families needing emergency financial assistance. Red Hook Open Streets is every Thursday from 12-4pm, outside of our center.

Peer Health Educators

The Peer Health Educators (PHE) program addresses the critical and unmet need for preventative reproductive and sexual health education and resources among low-income BIPOC young people in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Peer Health Educators initiative was RHI’s first youth development program and continues to be our signature youth leadership initiative. Over 20 years, we have trained over 218 Peer Health Educators who in turn have shared critical reproductive/sexual health information and resources with thousands of their peers.

Public Safety Organizers

The Public Safety Organizers promote neighborhood safety though youth-led organizing and community-based alternative approaches to over-policing; create an inventory of resources for returning citizens and open opportunities to life young adult voices in formal community spaces. All through a lens of reducing police violence.

Youth Farm Apprentices

The Youth Farmers program is a paid apprenticeship for youth, ages 14-19 years old, living in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Apprentices are involved in all parts of running the Farms – planting, weeding, harvesting, composting, marketing, outreach, and more. You will become an urban farmer, develop your professional and leadership skills and positively engage with your peers, the community and the environment.