YRNO Wins Starbucks Upstanders Grant

YRNO is happy to announce that we won $25,000 from the Starbucks Foundation Upstanders Challenge, which awards more than half of a million dollars in grants to charities that reflected the values of “Upstanders.” A special thanks goes to Kate Marsh from Ben Franklin High School, who created our winning video entry. Check out her work, here. Thousands of organizations entered, and social media buzz from supporters like you allowed YRNO to reach the final round of 40 videos. In the end, 25 winners were chosen by the Starbucks Foundation to receive $25,000 grants .   See the complete list of winners […]

YRNO’s 2017 Christmas Gift

YRNO is pleased to announce a special gift for the New Orleans community this Christmas season, a Kris Kringle exchange between homeowners and youth. Homeowners in need of home repairs this winter will receive essential services free of charge, and local youth will earn Christmas cash. We are thrilled to be able to provide our neighbors a joyful home for the holidays, and also provide an essential experience for our young people outside of school. 10 openings are now available for local youth to gain work experience and serve the New Orleans community through part-time “winternships” with YRNO during the […]

Kicking Off Saturday Service Days

This past Saturday, YRNO hosted Jesuit High School, Ben Franklin High School’s YRNO Club, and Boys Hope Girls Hope on site for a HUGE local volunteer effort! We were reminded of YRNO’s roots as teenagers from around the city came together to beautify the neighborhood, learn essential carpentry skills, and follow the lead of 3 talented young leaders: YRNO Site Supervisors Isaiah, Channin, and Jevone. The first task was to cut and dispose of scrap lumber, and Jevone led a group of volunteers in learning how to do so safely. He and Construction Manager John also taught a group from […]

Summer REbuild Program Highlights

It’s been a busy summer here at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans! The sale of the “Blue House” on St. Ann was finalized, the “Purple House” is about to be listed for sale, and 431 volunteers from around the country worked with YRNO on hundreds of different projects, providing labor savings of over $51K in recovery and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. A sincere thank you to all those generous and enthusiastic volunteers who contributed their time and energy to our mission! Additionally, 19 local youth aged 16-21 from around the city of New Orleans participated in YRNO’s Summer REbuild Program […]

Apprentices, Job Corps, and openings for YRNO summer jobs program

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is proud to announce a new partnership providing Work Based Learning experiences for trainees at New Orleans Job Corps. Through the partnership, YRNO provides on-the-job training for apprentices in the carpentry field, as well as opportunity for leadership in supervising and teaching volunteers. Job Corps mission is to teach “eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education.” Meet Jhameil, our newest and most valuable Team Member from Job Corps! Jhameil is 21, and his goal is to go to advanced training and then […]

YRNO Funding News: Rooms to Go and Give NOLA Day!

The team here at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is excited to announce two huge donations! On Tuesday, May 2, while 30 Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy students and 12 Miami Dade College students volunteered in Hollygrove and on St. Ann Street, donations rolled in for Give NOLA Day 2017, and YRNO received an incredible donation from Rooms To Go as well.   As part of Rooms To Go’s Covington Store Grand Opening, Rooms To Go donated a portion of opening day sales to Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. On Tuesday, YRNO received the check for $25,000. After the August 2016 flooding, […]

March Madness 2017

For the “spring break season” from late February through March, YRNO was again lucky enough to host and work with hundreds of young people volunteering from around the country to further engage youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community. Students from Akron’s Lebron James Family Foundation, University of Calgary, University of Virginia, NOVA Southeastern University, Marquette University, University of Central Florida Honors College, USF St. Petersburg, the Bethlehem Center in Tennessee, Elon University, Holton Arms School, SALT Travel, and UC State San Bernadino all pitched in at projects around the city. Projects included drywall and painting the “Purple […]

Update on YRNO Tornado Relief

Six weeks ago on February 7th, a massive tornado struck homes in New Orleans East, leaving hundreds of homeowners struggling with damaged or destroyed homes, without the resources to start yet another rebuilding process. This was the 2nd natural disaster to hit south Louisiana in the past year, and many homeowners were now faced with their 2nd or 3rd attempt at rebuilding. HOW WE RESPONDED YRNO mobilized immediately into the community–evaluating projects and meeting with homeowners in need. The community outreach efforts were effective, and word spread that YRNO had volunteers willing and able to work. Students from schools throughout […]

YRNO Tornado Relief

On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 New Orleans East was hit by a massive tornado, destroying 940 homes in the area. As a nonprofit rebuilding organization, we recruit and train thousands of youth volunteers each year for moments like this tornado, and YRNO has already received over 20 inquiries and requests for help homeowners with limited means to rebuild. We need donations and volunteers to continue this work. YRNO is coordinating and mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to help clean up debris and protect the 20+ homes and homeowners we know in New Orleans East from further damage. For many families, this […]

Introducing Prince, YRNO’s New Executive Director

Hello YRNO family, My name is Dwayne “Prince” Holmes Jr. I am proud to be writing you today to introduce myself as the next Executive Director at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO). There is no greater honor than to have the opportunity to work in partnership with and on behalf of youth of New Orleans. For 5 years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside our youth and just about every volunteer; it has been an amazing journey and a true testimony to what hard work and perseverance can achieve. I am grateful to have been a part of […]