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. It's not too late to get your kids prepared for the next emergency or disaster

    Sept. 18, 2019 - September is National Preparedness Month, and each week has a special theme. This week the focus is on kids. FEMA has launched updated web pages where you can find games, activities, disaster information and more. Read on...
  2. Celebrate downtown waterfront park at after-work party Oct. 2

    Sept. 18, 2019 - Tucked under the interstate on the Hampton River in the heart of downtown is one of Hampton's least-known parks. The city's parks department wants to reacquaint nearby residents with the park in an after-work event Oct. 2. Read on...
  3. 2020 Census is around the corner, and it's important for Hampton to be accurately counted

    Sept. 17, 2019 - Are you ready to be counted? Every 10 years, the United States conducts a massive count of the nation’s population, and the results impact all of us. That’s why it’s important for Hampton resident to be accurately counted. Read on...


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