The Nets Project Mission

We are committed to enabling sustainable financial support for educational programs in public schools that target children from low income backgrounds. Our purpose is to alleviate social inequality and increase diversity throughout the neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) with PS 676 in Redhook

PS 676, the Red Hook Neighborhood School, is a small pre-k through 5th grade school near the BQE in Red Hook.

The Red Hook Neighborhood School has 130 students aged 4 to 13 years old, of which 54 % are black and 95 % from families with low income, students who do not live with their families and some students who live in shelters. Principal Figuoera took over in 2018 with a plan to revamp the school, increase diversity, improve teaching methods and provide the kids with all the means they need to excel.

As part of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approach the school is gradually implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) which combines learning experience with small gratifications for students. Simply put, traditional teaching methods dictate that bad behavior should be punished. Modern methods strive to shift the focus from punishment of misbehavior to the gratification of good behavior. Rewards will be given to students that behave exceptionally and consistently demonstrate  the core values of “Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Resilience, Curiosity”. Students will be rewarded with “Panther Bucks” that can be used to pay at the "Panther store". Funds raised through the nets project will help supply the store with food, ice cream, legos etc.

Red Hook is a neighborhood beautifully situated by the waterfront in South Brooklyn, on the peninsula next to Carroll Gardens. The neighborhood historically played a crucial role in the American Revolution at the battle of Brooklyn (1780) and later on transformed to a largely industrial neighborhood with a huge smelting plant (1920s and 1930s) and the construction of the cruise ship terminal. In recent years, the streets around Van Brunt became more hip with new distilleries, chocolate factories and wineries opening and local tourists filling the streets on weekends.

The other side of Red Hook you will get to see if you venture beyond Van Brunt, deeper into the neighborhood: public housing, homeless shelters, a lead contaminated sports track (remains of the smelting plant), police patrols 24/7 and NYPD floodlights illuminating the streets at night.

The team

Alex Christodoulou

I am from Greece and I've spent almost half my life abroad. My education at Cornell University, Mannheim University in Germany and Cass Business School in London, defined my life substantially.  In 2017, I moved to Carroll Gardens, fell in love with the neighborhood and its people. Crossing the BQE on my weekly run I discovered Red Hook, a place that is representative for New York's society - the social and economic rift could not be more pronounced than on this small peninsula right across the street from where I live.

Coming from a family of teachers, I am particularly mindful of the challenges that social and economic discrepancies pose to students in public schools. Drawing from my experience as a co-founder of a mentoring program at Mannheim University, I aim to apply my experience to continue supporting students in the neighborhood. 

Favorite hobbies: Basketball and cooking. 

Melissa Gonzalez

I am a first generation American born and raised in Southern California, received my BS in Environmental Economics & Policy from UC Berkeley and Masters degree from Cass Business School in London. I moved to Brooklyn after having worked in Europe for over 5 years. Coming back to the US has been an extremely rewarding experience, but has also shown me how broken our social and political infrastructure is.


Growing up in the US has taught me that an education means everything. It gives you the power to change your life in whatever direction you choose. My goal is to make a small contribution that allows children the chance to excel academically and socially and to challenge the statistics that say they are unlikely to attain a college level education.


Favorite hobbies: Zumba and visiting cat cafes.


Fundraiser June 21, 2019 - Donor list

Matthew Herman

Deborah & Klaas Chesnoy- Jakobs

George Papachristoudis

Julia & Chris Chen

Megan & Adam Straub

Ruben Puijker

Jason Konstantas

Kindly sponsored by:



The nets project

62 1st Place 

11231, Brooklyn