Thank you, Starbucks!

For the second straight year, YRNO has won a grant from the Starbucks Foundation! This year’s Opportunity for Youth Grant will be used to support our REbuild program, an employment initiative designed to hire, train and educate local youth, giving them access to construction-based jobs on our sites. We thank the Starbucks Foundation for its continuing commitment to the future of New Orleans!

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Ulster Project

Today we have a group of volunteers from the Ulster Project working at our St. Ann Street properties. The intent of the Ulster Project is to break down the walls of intolerance and mistrust that exist in Northern Ireland, and today’s crew was comprised of students from both here and there. Digging a trench and clearing debris was on this morning’s agenda! Prince greets the group.     Teaming up.     More digging.     A perfect toss.     Passing it assembly style.     Gettin’ underneath.   Buzzing with activity.   The overhead view.  

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St. Dominic CYO

Today we have a group of volunteers from St. Dominic CYO working at a community side project on Toledano Street. They spent this morning cleaning up and preparing for sheetrock to be installed, as you can see below! Dynamic duo.   Don’t bump your head!   And lift!   Smiles all around.   Hey! Eyes on the prize!  

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Jesuit Class of 1980

Today we had a volunteer group from the Jesuit High School Class of 1980 working at our St. Ann Street properties. The boys got busy, as you can see below! William greets his elder alums.   Another brick in the wall.   Cleaning up.   A muddy mess.   Removing refuse.   Supporting NOLA.   Hey! Don’t hit him in the back!   Blue Jays in action.   Dynamic duo.   Hirsute handyman.   Pondering pounding.   Hold on tight!  

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Mitzvah crew, part two

Our second group of 18 volunteers from Mitzvah Corps New Orleans started at our St. Ann Street properties this morning, doing a variety of tasks. Peep the visual evidence below. Roof duty.   It’s toasty up here!   Don’t let it sag!   Oh, nevermind!     More lumber transport.   Hot wire.     Gettin’ some sun.   Waiting out traffic.   Going back for more.     Measuring it out.   Prepping for a cut.    

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Mitzvah Corps New Orleans

This week we have two groups of 18 teens from Mitzvah Corps New Orleans volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties, and the first crew got started this morning. We thank them for both their generous donation and their hard work. Check out the action below! Prince greets the group.   Now he’s got a stage!   Moving lumber.     Cinder block transport.   Keep ‘em comin’.   Pile ‘em up.   Set ‘em down.   Seeking space.   Lots of activity.       Smooth strokes.        

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Ernst & Young

This morning we hosted a great group of volunteers from Ernst & Young at our St. Ann Street properties, as we had them painting, insulating and taking down a wall. Jack gave the orientation speech since Mayor Stoudt was out of town, but even more of them will be with us in September to suffer through his accounting jokes! Jack greets the group.   Prince gives the safety speech.   The long, lonely road to the dumpster.     Purple power!     Painting in unison.   Don’t jump! You’ve got a bright future!   Roof duty.     Fresh [...]

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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.  

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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 [...]

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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.  

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