Career Starters Series

Career Starters Series is a workforce development training for young adults 18-24. Upon completing 30-hours, you are eligible for a paid 2-3 month internship opportunity with RHI or our local partners! To sign up or for more details, 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 Schools

In partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools 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.

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.