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. Blackbeard Pirate Festival - and all its fun - returns to downtown Hampton for it's 20th year

    May 20, 2019 - Hampton’s waterfront comes alive Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, when the annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns for its 20th year. Read on...
  2. City schools, city offices and most city services will be closed Monday for Memorial Day

    May 20, 2019 - City schools and most city offices will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. There will be no regular trash pickup on Monday. Also, circuit and district court, along with most state offices, will be closed Monday. Read on...
  3. Don't miss the fun this weekend at the Hampton Heritage Day festival Saturday at Mill Point Park

    May 16, 2019 - The Hampton History Museum hosts the 7th Annual Hampton Heritage Day festival – commemorating the Native American, European and African cultures that shaped the city’s early history – on Saturday in downtown Mill Point Park. Read on...


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