Started in 2003

The name Redemption derives from Bob Marley's Redemption Song. Inspired by the opening words of the song:

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but our self can free our minds..."

"Redemption is more than a college prep or tutoring program. I have witnessed, first hand, this organization develop deep bonds with its participants- building self esteem, courage and dreams…opening up opportunities many of our youth never thought possible." - Dana Johnson, Founding Member

Our Mission
Redemption, Inc. is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Redemption strives to increase the educational advancement of underserved adolescents ages 13-19 in Brooklyn, NY, enabling them to excel academically and become leaders in their community.

Our Vision
There is redemption in "giving back" to a new generation of youth looking for guidance. We want to create a sustainable youth sector of educated, well-informed and motivated teens who are ready, eager, and determined to accomplish their goals and return to their communities to continue the cycle of giving-back. 

Founded by Tiffany A. Tucker, who was disenchanted by her Brooklyn high school— What disturbed Tiffany the most was the unfair way students were treated, the fact that kids who missed class were encouraged to drop out and get a GED, rather than help to graduate with their class. Sometime in her senior year in high school, as Senior Class President, she made a promise to herself: Saying, “If I get out of here, I’m going to come back and give back because the kids here deserve more.”

After becoming acclimated to college life at Adelphi University, summer of 2002 Tiffany made good on the promise she made to herself in high school.  She called a meeting of family members, old high school friends and new college friends to discuss how they could help high school students apply for and get accepted to college. In 2003 this team of adroit college students began reaching back and extended themselves to their community.

Today, Redemption functions as a resource of communication and guidance for the youth in our communities. Our goal is to bridge the gap between children in disadvantaged communities and success.

Redemption is an organization committed to working with young people and their families with college preparation materials, promoting a positive self-image, and getting them involved in their communities.

Addressing youth issues in the Brooklyn community, such as, the high school dropout rates of our youth: we prepare students for a successful transition into postsecondary education and entry-level careers. In hopes of bettering their self-esteem, improving their knowledge and access to educational possibilities, and increasing overall community empowerment.

Redemption, Inc.’s efforts has been accepted and appreciated by the community as indicated by its ability to initiate and maintain partnerships with established institutions, and being recognized as a positive catalyst in the lives of youth, Redemption, Inc. has been featured on Brooklyn News 12, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, 1010 WINS’ Tomorrow’s Newsmaker, and most recently “Young People Who Rock” and Brooklyn Cable Access Television (BCAT) for our investment in the future of our youth. Do Something Brick Award finalist 2008 received free advertising on the Doritos chips bag.  In 2010 and 2012 Harvard University named Redemption a “Bright Idea”, commending us for our innovation and positive community impact.