Urgency of Now, or RuON, is an annual event that addresses concerns about increased violence among youth and young adults, with an emphasis on black males ages 15-24. The event is being held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, on Tuesday, March 20. Doors open at 5 p.m. From 6-7 p.m., the schedule includes:
- Youth and Young Adult Art Displays
- Youth and Young Adult Performances
- High School Student and Alumni Challenge (A trophy goes to the high school from Hampton or Newport News that has the most students – including alumni – attending The 2018 Urgency of Now)
- The unveiling of the first, second and third-place winners in the PSA contest called “Don’t Sit in Silence, Stop the Violence.”
- Rob Ostermaier from the Daily Press will be discussing Project 187 — Other side of homicide on Peninsula: Grieving families left behind.
From 7-8:30 p.m. there is a Resource Fair featuring organizations that have positive engagement opportunities for youth and young adults. Organizations looking for volunteers or interested in participating as a vendor at this event may complete and submit a vendor application
by Friday, March 16.
to view this year’s event promo video.
The Urgency of Now is sponsored by Hampton’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities, Cities United, and the City of Newport News’ Building Better Futures.