Red Hook WIFI, a project of the Red Hook Initiative, is a community-led effort to close the digital divide, generate economic opportunity, facilitate access to essential services and improve quality of life in Red Hook, Brooklyn via the deployment of a wireless Internet network. In partnership with local businesses and residents, Red Hook WIFI is providing access to the Internet and the resources it provides to residents of our neighborhood, where broadband adoption rates are lower than the city average. Additionally, each time a user signs on to the network, our splash page displays local events, places of businesses, local news, jobs listings and more. Red Hook WIFI is completely free to users.
To learn more about hosting a node or becoming part of the Red Hook WIFI network, contact us at redhookwifi (at) rhicenter.org
The RHI Digital Stewards are young adults from Red Hook ages 19-24, employed by the Red Hook Initiative to install, maintain and promote the WiFi network and use technology to bring about community development. The RHI Digital Stewards spend six months learning technology skills and knowledge (hardware and software installation and maintenance, office technology and software, wired and wireless networking) and media production skills (video production, graphic design, website design, and social media). In their third quarter they choose a set of skills to focus on via community projects, and finally they take part in an 3 month internship at a area business. The Digital Stewards are also provided workplace professional development, leadership skills, public speaking, and educational and social/emotional support via coaching and counseling. RHI has graduated 15 Digital Stewards. 75% of them have gone on to further employment, training programs, other technology fellowships, freelance work or further education.
RHI Digital Stewards are available to your business to develop websites, marketing and advertising materials, social media campaigns and technology and IT support. To contact Digital Stewards for help with your digital needs, contact redhookwifi (at) rhicenter.org