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. Unity hosts a special mix and mingle to foster talk about violence, domestic partnership

    Dec. 3, 2019 - Hampton's Citizens' Unity Commission and the LGBTQ Awareness Committee will host a special mix and mingle event on Saturday, Dec, 21, that's designed to foster conversations about violence as it pertains to domestic partnership. Read on...
  2. Faith-based leaders invited to learn more about police at special police academy starting Jan. 9

    Dec. 3, 2019 - The leaders of Hampton's faith-based community – including ministers, pastors, and worship leaders – can learn about the Police Division's mission, policies and day-to-day operations at a 12-week Minister's Citizen Police Academy. Read on...
  3. Hampton recently certified as 101st Bee City USA affiliate, and only the 4th in Virginia

    Dec. 3, 2019 - Here's some great news for bee lovers! Hampton has been certified as the 101st Bee City USA affiliate in the nation – and the fourth in Virginia. Read on...


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