Each year, RHI engages over 350 youth from ages 11 through 24. Our youth development programs offer year-round support for middle schoolers, high schoolers and young adults. These programs ensure that Red Hook youth can work toward academic success, explore careers, develop life skills, strengthen social support systems and lead by example in their neighborhood.
Our approach builds leadership of youth and empowers adult residents to address systemic and immediate issues facing the neighborhood. Community building programs work to drive positive change and increase social cohesion to build a more resilient and sustainable Red Hook. The Community building team prioritizes issues such as unsafe public housing conditions, environmental justice, discriminatory over-policing, and transit access.
Investing in Residents
RHI is one of the largest community employers with over 150 youth and adults from Red Hook on staff. RHI hires locally and invests in residents working to improve their lives and the community in which they work. We believe participants contribute greatly to programming and leadership roles within RHI, leading to change and growth in themselves and the community.