Overland summers

Today we have an Overland summers service group via NetWork Voluntours volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties. Much of the work involved painting, but it all got started with a first at YRNO…stretching exercises! Prince greets the group.   Even Sam and Prince feel the need to stretch!   On one foot!   How does paint smell?   Prince charming.   Rapt attention.     Measuring it out.     Reassembling scaffolding.     No fear of heights.       Da whole group.  

ReNEW Accelerated Service Trip: Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum

Once again, our own Eliza Fields checks in from her post at ReNEW Accelerated High School with some recent news… Although this was my last service trip with ReNEW Accelerated High School, it left a great impression with me! Literally, the best trip was saved for last! As I was scrambling to find service projects for June, my friend Becca—a spoken word artist and curator of the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum—offered to host a service project at her museum. Given that a large percentage of our students are from the Lower Ninth, it made perfect sense to do a […]

TCPC Youth

This week we have a youth group from Tennessee staying in our bunkhouse and volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties. Today they got started on a variety of projects, both high and low! Prince greets the group.     Take it away!     Making the cut.     Power tool fun.     Heavy lifting!     Moving crew.     Wheelbarrow duty.     Cleaning up a spill.     Next stop, second floor.     Lotsa action.     Waiting for clearance.   Da whole crew at the bunkhouse.  

Future Leaders First Day at the YRNO Work Site

Our young leaders fresh from the city’s JOB1 workforce development program showed their professionalism today—everyone arrived on time, dressed down and ready to work! Meet the future builders of New Orleans, the “Super Six” (out of our seven members): Lawrence, Tyran, Corielle, Dante, Quincy and Terrance. At orientation, the group met up with Sam and was given the grand tour of YRNO’s St. Ann Street properties—a vacant grassy double lot, a one of a kind carriage house and a shotgun house that will be given all the bells and whistles, including its own hallway and courtyard! Afterwards, our young crew […]

Catholic Mission Trips

This week we have a group from Wisconsin with Catholic Mission Trips volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties. Priming and taking down a cinder block wall were among the tasks on this morning’s agenda, as you can see below. Da whole group.     Smooth strokes.     Don’t put that brush in your water!   Dipping correctly.     Glass comin’ through!       Get crackin’.     Workin’ the wall.    

Voluntourism: Travel and Give Back with 6 Great Destinations

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is at the top of the list.

Regnum Christi

Today and tomorrow we have the youth mission group ECYD with the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties. This morning was all about scraping paint, as you can see below. No fear of heights with any of these ladies! Prince charming.     Dynamic duo.            

The Bus

Last Friday, we had a traveling quartet from the Bus Project come and volunteer at our St. Ann Street properties. This summer, they’re driving a bus across the country to document a 10-week, 10,000-mile journey. Coming from North Carolina, their goal is to do volunteer work and build relationships in every city they stop in while learning from the experiences and stories of the people who live there. We certainly hope they got something out of their day with YRNO! Diggin’ it.   Let’s smash something!   Coming and going.   Hammer at the ready.   What’s next?   Da […]

Kindezi School

This week we have a group of students from The Kindezi School of Atlanta volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties. Small but mighty, there’s even a Saints fan amongst the flock of dirty birds! All kidding aside, check out the concrete busting and other work they did this morning before the rain came. Welcome back to Faith Wilbanks and her crew! Greeting the group.     Pick up sticks.     The overhead view.     Dynamic duo.        

North Star Academy

The second half of our St. Ann Street “doubleheader” yesterday was capped off by a group of students from North Star Academy of Newark, New Jersey. Moving sand and lot leveling continued through the afternoon, with more activities added. Peep the evidence below! Orientation time.   Traelle greets the group.     Working in tandem.   Clean up on aisle 2753!     Rake duty.   All together now.     Busting it up.   Passing it on.     Out the door.     A full load.   Smoothing it out.