• About

    Red Hook Rise is an all-volunteer youth development organization located in the impoverished neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

    History & Mission

    History  

    The organization was founded in 1994 by Red Hook natives, brothers Earl and Raymond Hall. Growing up in Red Hook over the past twenty years, the brothers personally experienced the community's lack of opportunities and supportive programs for young people. Unfortunately these challenges and obstacles still exist today. With that in mind, Ray and Earl decided took the initiative to develop programs that strengthen leadership and mentor young people in every aspect of their lives. As a result, Red Hook Rise was born.

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  • About

    Red Hook Rise is an all-volunteer youth development organization located in the impoverished neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

    History & Mission

    Mission  

    Its mission is to provide sports, educational and physical fitness programs that empower and educate youth. These programs have helped young people recognize their abilities and talents while igniting their self-esteem. The organization intends to provide them with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for growth and prosperity. We seek to create the kinds of opportunities for Red Hook's young people that more fortunate children may take for granted. We encourage them to be healthy by providing a safe fitness regiment and educate them on nutrition. RHR encourages them to succeed academically in school and socially outside of school. The organization also encourages them to interact with members of the community who provide a variety of resources and opportunities. We offer guidance for them to pursue a higher education, get better jobs and ultimately make smart career choices.

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    This unique literacy program has drawn overwhelming interest from many media vehicles. Articles regarding Books & Basketball have been published in the Carroll Gardens Courier, the Daily News, the Brooklyn Record, the Brooklyn Family Magazine, the Black Review Magazine, and the Brooklyn Magazine.

    In 2003, the organization partnered with the Police Athletic League Miccio Center and New York City Public School 27 in Red Hook to implement the program and then again in 2004.

    Outside of Red Hook, we've collaborated with the following organizations: Conrad McCrae Youth Basketball League of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; Police Athletic League Wynn Center and the David Ruggles Middle School, both of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

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    Why Support RHR?

    Red Hook Rise is a non-profit 501(c)3, tax-exempt charitable organization. Any contribution you can make will help fund our public programs and events. Your support for the community is greatly appreciated!

    If you would like to make a financial contribution online, please click the donate button below.


    If you would like to make a financial contribution by check, please make checks payable and mail to:

    Red Hook Rise, Inc.
    480 Van Brunt St., 2nd Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11231

    If you would like to find out how your contribution can be used for something specific, or if you would like to discuss the donation of materials, please call the office.

  • Our Address

    Red Hook Rise, Inc.
    480 Van Brunt St, 2nd Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Telephone: +1 917 560 7226
    FAX: +1 718 701 4847
    E-mail: help@redhookrise.org

  • STATEMENT OF NEED

    The primary demographics served by Red Hook Rise, Inc. are young people ages 6-13 and their families. The Red Hook population, predominantly low-income (60% Black and 40% Latino families) live in substandard housing and have fallen victim to the vicious cycle of poverty which is directly related to violence. Approximately 868 households are headed by single mothers and 219 households are headed by grandparents, relatives or foster parents that are consumed by everyday life and are physically unable to properly maintain their own healthcare and well being. In 1999, the median annual household income in Red Hook Houses was $10,372 (54% of all reported household income), 24.4% reported receiving public assistance and 21.4% reported receiving federal Supplemental Security Income. With our economy facing one of the worst financial crises since The Great Depression, those numbers have risen drastically. Due to already high and rising healthcare costs they simply can't afford it.

    High rates of public assistance, sub-standard housing conditions, and foster care levels plague the families in this community. These conditions are known to have a direct effect on levels of academic achievement. School performance is consistently low as community schools regularly rate among the lowest City-wide. With continuous declines in the City's funding for youth programs, one of every ten youngsters is arrested. They have a greater chance of being arrested than of getting a job after school or having a community youth program to attend.

    The deterioration of Red Hook has been affected by the Gowanus Expressway, the Belt Parkway, and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which separate the waterfront front from the rest of Brooklyn and the neighborhood from the rest of the City. This has led to the neighborhood becoming desolate and poor. Against this backdrop of despair, Red Hook Rise has achieved positive results that testify to the value of our asset-based, developmental youth programming that provide positive aspirations and commitment to self, family and community.

  • Books & Basketball

    Red Hook Rise, Inc. is a spirited counter force to a downward cycle that has plagued the neighborhood for years. Although the organization provides various sports, educational and fitness programs, it's become increasingly concerned about the reported low literacy levels of children in the community. In 2001, the Hall Brothers introduced a new concept of literacy to the already existing basketball tournament of six years to help children improve their reading. By combining literacy and league play, this collaboration is now known as "Books and Basketball". It enables us to combine a sport they love with a literacy component they so desperately need to grow academically. Through these efforts, we've seen a spark of interest in reading that we've never seen in past years.

    The literacy program was created to improve reading skills while uplifting ideas to support youth development and to construct avenues for change: change in attitude, behavior and goal setting. Participants are required to complete six mandatory weekly reading sessions during the course of the basketball tournament, no exceptions. Each session is three hours, one day per week. Children read from a chapter book selected by the organizers but are also encouraged to bring books of their choice to read on the sidelines. Each session is twenty minutes before or after scheduled game time. Participants read together as teams with a host guest reader. Questions are asked about the story to ensure proper comprehension. After all, many can read but few understand what they've read and that's extremely important to their individual reading success. With our support and the support of the community we help them build their confidence to read and comprehend the text which will definitely carry over to the school year.

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  • Books & Basketball

    The number of participants enrolled in the Books & Basketball literacy program started at 60 in 2002 and has increased to 720, with 95% enrollment retention in 2008. Kids' reading hours have increased from 720 hours to 4,698 hours to date. We've made a positive impact on parents' participation as well and that's a huge step in the right direction. We started with six parents in 2002 and ended with 65 parents in 2008. Parent enrollment is continuously on the rise and has become an important asset to the program as well as other organization. We fully understand that parental involvement is key to a child's development and we take every opportunity to build on that foundation.

    Red Hook Rise continuously reinforces the importance of educational achievement by supporting and encouraging youth to strive for excellence. In addition, all of our participants are required to participate in community service projects such as park clean-ups, community assistance events, and activities involving senior citizens throughout the year. Older participants also help mentor younger children with literacy exercises and serve as assistant coaches to various teams. It gives the adolescents responsibility to their peers and their peers use them as positive role models.

  • Fun Day

    This one-day event was designed to acknowledge participants for their commitment to reading throughout the course of the eight-week tournament. All participants in attendance are rewarded with free giveaways provided by the organizers such as: books, scrapbooks, certificates, trophies, head and wrist bands, t-shirts, pencils, book markers, folders and a shoulder pack bag for back to school.

    Ideally we try to obtain a National Basketball Association (NBA) ball player, current or former, and an author to serve as guest readers and speakers. It commences with a fifteen minute pep talk and a half hour read aloud session which leads into children engaging in fundamental skill development drills that focus on team work and sportsmanship. The day concludes with trophies and promotional giveaways distributed to all participants. Recent special guest readers and speakers include former Knick players Tom Hoover, Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Mel Davis and Author Wanda Thomas. Other guest readers have included Honorable Judge Alex Calabrese of the Red Hook Community Justice Center; Chairman Jerry Armer of Community Board Six; Eric Green, District Manager of NYC Parks and Recreation; a group of Red Hook seniors citizens; Rosemary Bland, Director of Red Hook Senior Center; Dorothy Shields and Lillian Marshall, Presidents of Red Hook Tenant Associations; Ms. Emma Broughton, Red Hook resident for over 45 years; Brenda Manuel, PTA president of 7 years at P.S 15; Richard Davis, Vice President at Amalgamated Bank, Sara Bonds Principal of P.S 27.

  • Staffing

    The success of Red Hook Rise is due largely in part to the exceptional commitment and dedication of its Co-Founders, Raymond and Earl. Their main focus is on assisting misguided youth in the community by empowering them with knowledge, skills, and education necessary for becoming self sufficient adults. The brothers will say that they're just "giving back to their hood," when in fact, their modesty belies their significant contributions to Red Hook Rise youth. The Hall brothers often give up time with their own families in order to provide safe street programs for children in the neighborhood. This sacrifice occurs more often than realized and the dedication to the children and the community is simply immeasurable. They've provided strong, caring guidance and solid and consistent leadership to a neighborhood that has become dependent on the services they work so hard to provide. In its 15 years with very modest budgets (less than 15,000 each year) and a lot of sweat, Ray and Earl have built Red Hook Rise, Inc. into a well known and reputable organization.

    Red Hook Rise is currently staffed by Earl and Ray Hall, former residents of the Red Hook community. The Hall brothers are recognize as pilars of the community and are well respected and effective community leaders. In addition to the staff, Red Hook Rise has enlisted the support of 40 volunteers and developed a Board of Directors consisting of eight members. The Board of Directors is composed of experienced professionals and community advocates in the fields of real estate development, community organizing and revitalization, law enforcement and one former NBA Knick player who leads the NBA players' retirement organization. These individuals add a mix of skill and experience working as front line staff as well as creating successful partnerships with foundations and corporations for future funding. By virtue of the Board's community ties and relationships, they serve as significant liaisons to other organizations serving the youth in Red Hook. The Board is involved in strategy, planning and oversight as a whole and will play a similar role for future proposed programs.

  • Involvement

    Parent Involvement ("Parent Involvement Team (PIT)")

    This group serves as a core to instill the importance of family literacy in the community. Their meetings focus on how parents can assist children with reading activities at home and how to inspire them to read and learn independently as well. They need to know the importance of their role in the lives of their children as well as others and to understand that positive thinking and learning starts at home. Many have adopted the practice of reading to their child everyday and by doing so it only enhances their chances of becoming better students. They attend workshops and monthly meetings to stay involved in the planning process and use the time to brainstorm and compare notes with each other. They volunteer and rotate responsibilities amongst themselves at the reading session. Parents have come out to show support and dedication to our one common goal. Parents and community volunteers help with the set up and clean up of program materials, coaching, flyer distribution and facilitating meetings. As a result, they've become an integral part of the program. For those who aren't aware of Red Hook's past reputation of lack of parental support, this is a major step forward to reaching the parent/guardian population.

    Community Relationships

    RHR has established concrete relationships with 25 community institutions which include schools, day care centers, the local senior center, the local clinic, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and local businesses which have provided the majority of funding for its programs. They believe that parents, families, schools and businesses must continue to work together in order to meet the needs of this struggling community. So far, it has been a good recipe for success but like anything else, it can be better.

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