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. Sprint triathlon event at Buckroe Beach on Saturday morning; will limit access to some areas

    July 19, 2019 - Buckroe beach-goers and residents should be aware that a sprint triathlon at Buckroe Beach will limit access to some areas of the park and surrounding areas on Saturday morning. Read on...
  2. Ribbon-cutting Tuesday will mark grand opening of new police training academy in Hampton

    July 18, 2019 - The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, for Hampton's new Police Training Academy. Read on...
  3. UPDATE: Swimming advisory lifted for Buckroe Beach

    July 19, 2019 - A swimming advisory for the southern end of Buckroe Beach has been lifted, as water samples are within standards. Read on...


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