Hopeful Hampton — Urgency of N.O.W

hopeful hampton - urgency of now - roundThis events for Youth Violence Prevention Week are designed to combat gun violence and include a meaningful community gathering, education, awareness, self-expression, athletics, policy, and celebration.

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Expression Contest

Entrants expressed how they felt about youth violence by entering the Walking in Hope contest, for ages 14-24. Submissions were in the form of an original essay, poem, song, artwork, dance. For questions, contact Ashley Jenrette at ajenrette@hampton.gov or Carla Mahn at cmahn@hampton.k12.va.us. Some participants won a pair of shoes. Some works were shown at the gala.

The Reunion of Hope

Come together to share a sense of faith, family, and purpose by tying an orange ribbon of hope in remembrance of someone affected by gun violence. Then instill hope in today's youth with a celebration. There were athletic games on the ball fields and the Rec 'N' Roll Bus and gaming bus. Shelters were open for this event, and there was a free cookout.

For questions, please contact Nicole Dennis at ndennis@hampton.gov or Monica Meharg at monica.meharg@hampton.gov.

Hope, Hampton, Football

Watch games of 7-on-7 football, including mentors and police officers squaring off. The event is an opportunity for young people to connect with mentors in the athletic arena. For questions, please contact Ashley Jenrette ajenrette@hampton.gov or Asa Jenrette at vaeaglesaaprez@gmail.com

Hope After Dark

Mix and mingle at a social night for grassroots organizers to engage, connect and learn about other resources to support future collaborations. Must be 21 or older. Powered by Virginia Radio taped a podcast at the gathering. Appetizers were provided. For questions, please contact poweredbyvirginia@gmail.com or Gabe Diaz, director of the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at gabe.diaz@hampton.gov

City on My Chest Hope Fest

Hampton City School students in grades 8-12 connected with local businesses and entrepreneurs and learned financial literacy in a pep rally/resource fair environment. This event is a school field trip for Hampton City Schools students and is not open to the public. 

2023 Urgency of N.O.W. Gala of Hope

Dinner and celebration to culminate the week’s activities and will feature R&B and soul singer-songwriter Leela James. Attendees saw a highlight video of the week and a recognition ceremony to celebrate the work and accomplishments of youths, young adults, grassroots organizers, and leaders helping to reduce the impacts of gun violence. Formal attire preferred. For questions, please contact Latiesha Handie, director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities, at latiesha.handie@hampton.gov or Hugo Morrison at hugo.morrison@hampton.gov

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 Latiesha Handie by email to latiesha.handie@hampton.gov or call 757-727-2730.

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