Urgency of Now (RuON)

RUON Dr Smith and youth groupUrgency of Now, or RuON, takes place annually to address the concerns about increased violence among youth and young adults, with an emphasis on black males ages 15 – 24.

This event brings together key local and regional leaders in an effort to engage the community in dialogue, gain feedback and provide an opportunity to collaborate on action-oriented strategies for reducing violence.

The Urgency of Now is sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities, City of Newport News and Cities United. For more information about how to get involved or volunteer, contact Program Manager  email Synethia White or 757-727-2730.


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  1. Applications available Jan. 27-March 2 for youth violence prevention mini-grants program

    Jan. 22, 2020 - Applications are available Jan. 27 for Hampton’s Youth Violence Prevention Mini-Grants program, which helps pay for projects that support positive activities, services and programs addressing youth violence. Read on...
  2. Hampton Heroes honored Monday in ceremony at Hampton Roads Convention Center

    Jan. 20, 2020 - Local advocates for mental health and modern-era trailblazers in public service were honored on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Hampton Heroes Memorial Plaza. Read on...
  3. City offices, schools will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

    Jan. 14, 2020 - Most city offices and city schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Trash normally collected on Monday will be collected on Wednesday. Read on...


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