It's a wonderful thing to see that we can make a difference in the lives of young people and Red Hook Initiative represents that to me, said Senator Montgomery.
NBC New York and Telemundo 47 present a $100K check to Red Hook Initiative as the Grand Prize Winner of the NBC Universal Foundation's “Project Innovation” grant competition. RHI’s Digital Stewards program was recognized for preparing low-income young adults for tech careers by training them to install/maintain Red Hook WIFI, a community effort to close the digital divide, create economic opportunity and improve quality of life in Red Hook. This first annual Project Innovation grant challenge recognized local non-profits who leverage technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming.
Senator Montgomery recognized the work of Red Hook Initiative and congratulated this anchor in our community for creating Brooklyn's own “geek squad". Each year, RHI’s Digital Steward Program works with young adults (16-24 years old) to provide a paid, 8-month training program through which participants maintain and promote the Red Hook WIFI network, coordinate tech-related projects and events, and gain tech skills and knowledge. RHI teaches students the expertise necessary to succeed in the flourishing world of technology, and provides hands on experience serving their community.
Senator Montgomery commended this organization for being "an anchor in our community, especially for young people. I just want to thank Red Hook Initiative staff and people who kept the dream alive and made sure we were able to realize the dream."