Meet our Youth Engagement Coordinators

Does working at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans qualify as a “really awesome adventure?”  Ask Abby Hall, because she would know.  The 23-year-old Memphis native is new to the Big Easy this spring after taking a year to travel to exotic locales such as Alaska, Hawaii and Thailand, and she just started as one of YRNO’s three new AmeriCorps Youth Engagement Coordinators this month. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2012, Abby was ready for some new experiences and traveling was something she loved.  “So I got a seasonal job working right outside Denali National Park in Alaska,” she […]


Saturday the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council sent us a group of volunteers from a faraway land to volunteer at our South Salcedo rebuild site. The great eight braved the rain to come out, working mostly indoors, but had no problem bringing a bathtub outside for a good cleaning either! The tub comes out…   …and gets its bath.   Salcedo west got a good cleaning…   …and the detritus got pitched.   In Salcedo east, some did taping…   …and some did scraping.   The kitchen got cleaned.   The bathroom got taped.   And have no fear, a power […]

Service fair fun!

Last week, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans was in two places at once, recruiting students who want to work with us. Will and Abby were at the Brown Foundation service fair while Jack was at the Tulane Making a Difference service fair. YRNO…aiming for omnipresence! Students sign up at Brown.    

Tulane athletics

We had a special Sunday group event at our rebuild site on South Salcedo yesterday, hosting Tulane Associate Athletic Director Susan Bower and a dozen Green Wave athletes from a variety of sports, including baseball, tennis and track and field. You’ve always got to love the discipline and hard work of athletes. They may play, but they don’t play, if you catch the drift. Thanks for an awesome morning and we can’t wait for you to come back! Susan Bower oversees her team.   Hunter Williams practices his swing. Definitely a wallbanger.   Hunter Hope in the cleanup spot.   […]

We love individuals too!

Although many of our posts here are dedicated to larger groups of volunteers, we would be remiss not to highlight individuals and families who donate their time to YRNO as well. We’ve had some good ones recently and we appreciate them. They always seem to have fun and go away with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Ellen Wiederanders said it best. “It feels good to do something that matters.” The Wiederanders clan hams it up!   Chelsea shows her skill with the drill.   Will cleans up.   No muss, no fuss for Chloe.   Cole demonstrates the jackhammer. […]

Dillard University

With the fall semester officially underway, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans hosted college students for the second straight Saturday, including more than 20 from Dillard University who volunteered at our South Salcedo rebuild site this past weekend. Power tools are fun!   Getting down and dirty.   Wait. Did someone get replaced?   Sweeping his cares away.   Working as a team.   Concentration personified.   Working the nooks and crannies.   The door to a new life?   Double dustpan duty.   Keep the paint away from that hair!   Let the sun shine in.   Oh, yeah. Power tools […]

Outreach Tulane

The fall semester means many student groups volunteering with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, and Tulane’s Outreach Day of Service got our Saturday schedule kicked off right last weekend. We put more than 20 students to work on a variety of tasks at our South Salcedo rebuild site. Painting in unison.   Whacking backyard weeds.   Dust be gone!   How about some chain gang music?   Workin’ in the coal mine…   Negotiating the tough spots.   Friends in high places.   How low can you go?   Touching up.   If you can’t take the heat, get out of […]