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 […]

Service Learning activities kick off 2017

Thanks to support from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, YRNO’s mission to engage youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community has grown in the past few years to include school partnerships for service learning activities. This school year, in partnership with the Brown Foundation, YRNO is coordinating service learning at ReNEW Accelerated High School, Jesuit High School, Livingston Collegiate, and Holy Rosary Academy. This month alone, students at local high schools have learned valuable skills using power tools, as well as the importance of community engagement on and off their schools’ campuses. Service Learning is […]

YRNO and Rooms To Go Deliver Relief for Baton Rouge Flood Victims

In the weeks leading up to the holidays, Baton Rouge families are still working to rebuild after this summer’s historic flooding. YRNO was approached by Rooms To Go to help facilitate a donation day in Baton Rouge, and on November 12, thirty families received brand new furniture for their homes from Rooms To Go. Donated items included couches, dinette sets, beds, and other much-needed furniture. St. Vincent de Paul recruited the families and secured space for distribution at Immaculate Conception Church in Baton Rouge, and volunteers from Rummel High School helped the families with their pick-ups. “We have been a […]

Partnering with NENA

NENA, or the Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association, is a nonprofit organization that operates in the Lower Ninth Ward that offers assistance to displaced residents. Last week, YRNO staff and volunteers helped gut out a home that hadn’t been touched since Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago. YRNO staff also helped with landscaping at another NENA property. Everyone found the experience very inspirational and touching, and it demonstrates that there’s still work to be done. Special thanks to John Paul the Great Academy and the Dunlap Family for their enthusiastic service! Additional thanks to Dave at Capstone New Orleans for his bee hive […]


Last week, YRNO announced the departure of our Executive Director, William Stoudt. William served the community and YRNO for over 10 years, and he will be sincerely missed. William leaves behind a strong team that will continue to make Youth Rebuilding New Orleans an agent of change. We are sad to see him go but please join us in wishing him the best of luck in his future endeavors! We would also like to announce current staff John Coyle, Dwayne (Prince) Holmes Jr., and Maggie Daly, pictured below, as YRNO’s transitional Leadership Team. John, Prince and Maggie will continue the […]

Join YRNO for the Blue House Bash!

This Wednesday, July 20th come celebrate with YRNO as we show off our newest house in our Bayou St. John teacher village. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks generously donated by Blue Oak BBQ, Whole Foods Market New Orleans, Robert’s Fresh Market, Urban South Brewery, Blue Moon Brewing Company and NOLA Brewing. The event is free, although a donation to help support our summer jobs program would be appreciated! Check out the Eventbrite and donate before the event, here.

Families Serve: Volunteering with YRNO as a Family

Over the years, YRNO has had a multitude of volunteers from across the country come to serve with the organization to help rebuild New Orleans. There are three main types of volunteers that serve with YRNO: schools, corporate groups and families. This year alone we have had around a dozen families come to volunteer with us ranging from a day to a full work week of service. Families remain strong partners of our volunteer base in fulfilling our mission to engage youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community. We spoke with members of the Resch family who volunteered […]