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News from Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

On the Move

Two historic homes from Uptown and Mid-City were successfully moved onto a vacant lot across from YRNO's current projects in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. In total the organization now owns five buildings at the same intersection, a first for YRNO.

Moving homes is not easy and involved removing the roof and segmenting the homes to make it possible for transportation. Despite a few logistical challenges the properties eventually found their way to us. They will be lovingly restored, rebuilt, and sold at an affordable rate to teachers.

We're thankful for both Waffle House and St. George's Episcopal School who donated the properties to our organization. We're especially grateful to St. George's for the financial support that made the project possible.

What's Brewing at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

We're excited to share news of The Awning at St. Ann; an old corner store that will be renovated and returned to commercial use by Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. The name of the building, The Awning, pays tribute to its historic design. The purpose is to help incubate and grow non-profits and community businesses while also creating additional opportunities for youth. 

Current plans call for a mixed use property with a neighborhood coffee shop (to be names later) in the front and two small office spaces in the rear. It will anchor the four other homes on St. Ann that will be sold to teachers.

The Awning represents more than just rebuilding another property, instead a chance to leverage our expertise in a way that can have a long term impact on both the neighborhood and organizations we house. We're excited about creating a community space and look forward to sharing more about the project as work progresses. Read more about the building and its journey in the Mid-City Messenger

Staff Spotlight: John Coyle

In September, John took the reigns of the construction staff as our newest Construction Manager. John Coyle moved to New Orleans in 2008 to participate in the rebuilding effort. He believes in the power of architecture and public interest design to advance positive change in the community. After receiving his Masters in Architecture from Tulane, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Tulane City Center, coordinating students and volunteers to complete community design-build projects. John engaged hundreds of volunteers in the construction of Parisite Skate park, the first official public skate park in the city.
 

Welcome our new Youth Engagement Coordinators!

We're pleased to introduce our newest Youth Engagement Coordinators, Emily Parker and Mari Crawford. Emily and Mari both come by way of Bard College in New York. They first visited New Orleans as part of a service learning trip, where they saw first hand the challenges facing youth in the city. Emily and Mari are both LDSC AmeriCorps members serving at Sci Academy and ReNew Accelerated, respectively. 

Thank You Funders!

We would like to thank those individuals, foundations, and companies whose contributions make our work possible. Special thanks to The Baptist Community Ministries, Bike and Build, The Brown Foundation, and The Wisner Donation for supporting our efforts. 

William honored by the Saints & Mercedes Benz

As part of 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina the New Orleans Saints and Mercedes-Benz partnered together to honor individuals working to make New Orleans 10 years stronger. William and three others were invited to a home game to receive the award and received an even bigger surprise. Read more about the special honor here

Vote for YRNO in the SSC!

We're competing in the Super Service Challenge and we need your help! By voting for videos you can help us gain more entries. Each vote is a chance to win a share of a million dollars! Click the image above to vote for Jack's video.

Ten Years Later

As part of our remembrance of such a historic day YRNO hosted a large service day on the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was a chance for over 100 residents to give back to neighbors and continue efforts to make New Orleans a better place. To reflect how far we've come and how much we still have to do. Click here to read William's letter to volunteers.

Donate today!

If you missed Giving Tuesday, no worries. It's still not too late to make a holiday or year end donation. Donations and individual support is critical to advance our mission of engaging our local youth. Please make a gift today!

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