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. Major coastal storm predicted to intensify, last through the weekend, cause flooding

    Nov. 15, 2019 - The major coastal storm is expected intensify over the weekend along the Virginia coast, affecting Hampton with continued rain, intensifying wind and coastal/tidal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. Read on...
  2. Traveling mini park and colorful crosswalks create safe, fun spaces

    Nov. 8, 2019 - A movable mini park has been installed on Mellen Street in Phoebus to provide a place for recreation and relaxation. The mini park or “parklet” is currently outside Sly Clyde Ciderworks, but it could move soon. Read on...
  3. Downtown city parking lots will be closed for new parking stripes and updating of signs

    Nov. 6, 2019 - City-owned parking lots downtown will get a facelift this month when the Public Works Department begins restriping more than 20 lots and replacing or updating signs in and around those lots. Read on...


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