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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Mar 14

Urgency of Now Addresses Youth Violence

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 11:05 AM by Communications Department

ruonUrgency 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.

Click here 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.

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