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. Bluebird Gap Farm will be closed Friday as staff prepares for weekend festival

    Oct. 15, 2019 - Bluebird Gap Farm will be closed to the public Friday so that staff can put the finishing touches on plans for the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Read on...
  2. All General Assembly seats on ballot in Nov. 5 election; last day to register is Tuesday

    Oct. 11, 2019 – All state House of Delegates and Senate seats will be on the ballot when Hampton voters go to the polls Nov. 5. Residents who plan to vote must be registered – under the correct address – by Tuesday, Oct. 15. Read on...
  3. Hampton schools post lowest dropout rate in the region; graduation rate also up

    Oct. 8, 2019 - Hampton City Schools has the lowest dropout rate of the 15 school divisions in the region, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education. The division also posted improved graduation rates. Read on...


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