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.

Youth Violence Prevention Week

The 2021 Urgency of Now event kicks off Hampton’s first Youth Violence Prevention Week on Monday, April 12, 2021.
 

Events and activities are free but you must register for some events (including Family Game Night and the Unite in Action Challenge):

  • Urgency of Now - Mayoral Discussion
    Date/Time: Monday, April 12, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
    View on Facebook Live.

  • Youth and Young Adult Conversation: “YOU”th are the Solution 
    Date/Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 5 - 6 p.m.
    View on Facebook Live.
  • Community Conversations: My Past Will Not Define My Future or My Community
    Date/Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    View on Facebook Live.

  • Faith in Action Promoting Wellness in Our Communities
    Date/Time: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 11 a.m. - noon
    View on Facebook Live.

  • Lunch and Learn: The Importance of Family and Community Support
    Date/Time: Thursday, April 15, 2021, noon - 1 p.m.
    View on Facebook Live.

  • Family Game Night Pickup
    Location: Y.H. Thomas Community Center, 1300 Thomas St., Hampton, VA 23669
    Date/Time: Drive-thru pickup — Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Register online.

  • Unite in Action! The Impact of Gun Violence in Communities of Color
    Date/Time: Friday, April 16, 2021, 5 - 6 p.m.
    View on Facebook Live.

  • Unite in Action Challenge
    Design a service-learning project where groups of trusted adults and young people work together to share information about positive resources and ways to reduce violence in the community. Must be a project developed by youth and adults. Winners will be announced on May 3rd and will receive funding to put their plan into action.
    Date/Time: Projects due Sunday, June 20, 2021
    Register online.

The Urgency of Now is sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities 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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