Red Hook Initiative
Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community-building organization serving Red Hook, Brooklyn, which is one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. RHI offers a pipeline of programs aimed at young residents, including academic support, workforce-readiness training, and entry-level employment counseling. We provided early support of the RHI Scholars College Pipeline, a comprehensive multi-year college access and success initiative that builds on already-existing RHI youth programming. RHI runs a Department of Youth and Community Development-funded daily afterschool middle school program and is working to integrate the RHI Scholars College Pipeline into it by introducing the idea of college with grade-level-appropriate, light-touch college and career exploration activities. As part of the RHI Scholars College Pipeline, middle school students receive academic support, including small-group tutoring and educational advocacy. The Pipeline continues into high school through gradually-increasing college guidance support over the four years. It seeks to ensure college exposure at an early age, and to build the college access pipeline before students even reach high school.