Urgency of Now (RuON)

RUON Dr Smith and youth group

Urgency 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 Synethia White, at swhite@hampton.gov or 757-727-2730.

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  1. Players, coaches, parents and advocates wanted to join Hampton Hoops this summer

    March 20, 2018 - Hampton Hoops, a free, five week, summer basketball league, is looking for players, coaches and other volunteers.
  2. Urgency of Now, addressing concerns about youth violence, set for March 20

    Feb. 16, 2018 - Urgency of Now, or RuON, an annual event that addresses concerns about increased violence among youth and young adults, will be held this year at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, on Tuesday, March 20. Read on...
  3. Contest encourages young people to create videos that will help stop the violence in city

    Feb. 12, 2018 - Can you or someone you know create a winning video against violence? “Don’t Sit in Silence, Stop the Violence” is the name of a contest for high school students in Hampton and Newport News that began Monday, Feb. 12. Read on...



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