We are a group of young adults who install, maintain, and promote the Red Hook Initiative Wifi network. Our main aim is to do outreach within the community, create partnerships with businesses and non-profit organizations relating to the network, identify possible installation sites to place routers and antennas on. We are hoping to create a safe, digital environment that’s beneficial to the community while maintaining digital infrastructure and justice.
2013 Digital Stewards:
Hi, my name is Anthony Evans and I’m 22 years of age. I’m very outgoing and well-spoken. I like to bring people up that are down and I want from others what I want for myself and that’s success. My goals are to become a master at being more tech-savvy on the computer, being someone that motivates and have kids look up to, and building my community up.
My name is Stefanie Deji and I’m the Blog Administrator and Editor. I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the City College of New York. I initially applied to be part of the Red Hook Digital Stewards because I wanted to be part of a moment that can help create a free wifi network for Red Hook, especially for people that can’t afford post-paid internet plans. The bad news is that I’m too old to be part of the program (I’m 25 and the cut-off age is 24), so Tony Schloss hired me to be the Blog Administrator because of my writing skills. My goals are to gain job experience, strengthen my writing, and to learn more about different internet skills.
My name is Katherine Ortiz and I’m 22 years of age. I have lived in the Red Hook Community my whole life. I have a son who is going on the age of three in May. He inspires me to do better everyday. My goals in life are to at some point go back to college and to find a way to live comfortably with my son.
My name is Tiwan Burrus. I grew up in the Red Hook community and have been living there for 20 years now. Over the years I’ve seen things change for the better and some stay the same. I’m a very creative person who likes to work with my hands and finish things the best way I can. I like to play football and draw on my free time when I’m not hanging with friends. I currently work at the Red Hook Initiative and have been there for a quite a while now. While working at the Red Hook Initiative enrolling as a participant who attended workshops, I learned a lot of important skills from the Red Hook Initiative that helped me in my everyday life. I’m a part of the Middle School team here at the RHI as well as the Digital Stewards program. While in the Middle School after school program we help the kids with homework and create group activities for them to play. We help them any school related projects as best as we can and play interactive and educational games to help them grow. As a Digital Steward we are working to improve the communities infrastructure providing wireless internet connection throughout the community.
My name’s Amaris Smith and I am eighteen years old. Growing up in Red Hook, I experienced a lot of things and through out just living here for eighteen years I realized that I could be a part of the job opportunities offered to help the community in Red Hook. There’s been a lot of exploring in the neighborhood. I’ve seen a lot of bad things and some good things but most important I’ve seen others help out so I decided to be apart of RHI to help out my community giving free WiFi. While doing this I noticed how big of a help it would be to help those that really need the help because of their lost of their things during Sandy. I’m glad to even be a part of a job that helps out the community with the WiFi, better yet, It’s a great experience that is something new to me and it’s helping me develop a wonderful skill dealing with technology, photography and so much more. On my free time I love to cook and act a fool. I’m very sweet, open minded, talented, and I play the drums which is a passion for me because there aren’t alot of female drummers. As I got older, I developed a passion for it and I love it so far. It motivates me to do much better in life as it being a talent. I have a twin brother which is kind of cool because I love him being around most times and he’s not really a bother because we just have different personalities. I also noticed that I can sing. I haven’t really came out of the box with it to be able to sing in front of a crowd but I know I can sing so I’m happy that I can sing to express myself or my feelings. In life I struggled with just doubting myself but I’m happy that as I’ve gotten older I believed more in myself. I graduated from High School and got my diploma which is one of the best achievements I’ve done so far in my life and I’m happy and so proud of myself.
Nigel Taylor Johnson: