Built into the OBRA business plan is a commitment to redistribute a share of OBRA revenues to non-profit organizations focused on arts, education and/or civil liberties within local inner-city youth communities. In practice, in 2018, this equals to a $10.00 donation for each pair of shoe sold on our website to Red Hook Labs.
The Red Hook Labs School is a nonprofit dedicated to initiating community programs in partnership with local public schools and community centers. The school also offers workshops in fashion photography for emerging artists instructed by leading industry talent.
"There was also a personal need to counter the toxic social rhetoric and negative news making headlines today. So with a new business came also the opportunity for a new business plan, a business plan with built-in positive local social impact. That's what we set out to do with OBRA."
—OBRA Co-founders Arnaud Delecolle and Dave Cory.
RED HOOK LABS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Red Hook Labs Education and Jobs Initiative, a 501(c)(3) joint venture with The Point Community Development Corporation, provides a comprehensive photography program linking year-round education, meaningful employment opportunities, and mentoring for local public high school students at Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn and at its newest studio, Downtown Labs, in Downtown Los Angeles. Labs works in partnership with well-established public schools and community centers to ensure cohesive, local support. Our mission is to create centers that provide high-caliber photography arts education to teens and young adults who would otherwise have no exposure to it, to materially advance their skills and access to job opportunities that can allow for long-term success, and demonstrably make a positive impact on the local community.
THE POINT CDC
THE POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit dedicated to youth development and cultural and economic revitalization. They work with their neighbors to celebrate the life and art of their community and believe these residents, their talents and aspirations, are THE POINT’s greatest assets. Website
SOUTH BROOKLYN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL / GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
South Brooklyn Community High School is a transfer school jointly operated by the Department of Education and Good Shepherd Services. Good Shepherd Services leads nationwide and locally in the development of innovative programs that make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families today. SBCHS is designed to provide considerable support and services to students to ensure continued attendance in school. It integrates a standards-based instructional model with the best practices in youth development. It fosters valuable skills to help them both finish high school and prepare for future success. Website
RED HOOK INITIATIVE
RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth. In partnership with community adults, they nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society. Website
SUMMIT ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Summit Academy bridges the gap between aspirations and realities by preparing 6th through 12th grade scholars to gain acceptance to, excel in and graduate from college by using three pillars of success: mastery of core subjects, character building, and community leadership. Website
RED HOOK COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER
Launched in June 2000, the Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court that seeks to solve neighborhood problems. These include mediation, community service and a youth court where teenagers are trained to resolve actual cases involving their peers. The Justice Center also works to connect court-involved youth to strengths-based programming, including art projects and peer education programs. The Red Hook Community Justice Centers Youth Programs are a part of the Center’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative. The Red Hook Community Justice Center works to serve all young people within a positive development framework, which draws on their strengths and contributions to their communities and to restore justice. Website