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.

Second annual GiveNOLA Day

We did it! Thanks to you, YRNO far surpassed its GiveNOLA Day haul from last year, raising $13,975 from 73 great donors, not including the money still to come from the “Lagniappe” fund and the $365 in cash our AmeriCorps VISTA Jack gave to kick off our “dime a day” donation challenge. All in all, more than $4 million was donated to local non-profits! Thanks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation and everyone who supported YRNO. Your generosity allowed us to exceed our goals! In the first picture below, you can see the new generator that your donations bought! And […]

Wisner winners

YRNO is proud to be one of 62 recipients to receive a portion of $1.1 million dollars from the Edward Wisner Donation. At a press conference this morning, William spoke, Prince hugged Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Sam got the visual evidence! Peep those threads!  

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we had nearly 60 volunteers working with YRNO as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. About half were from our partner school Sci Academy, with the rest coming from local universities Tulane, Loyola, Dillard and Xavier, as well as St. Katharine Drexel, Blessed Sacrament St. Joan of Arc and our own AmeriCorps members Kyle Cousans, Sandy Stibitz and Jack Styczynski. Most performed various tasks at our St. Ann Street properties and the others took part in a community clean up of the neighborhood. Fun was had by all in a productive day honoring the memory […]

Congratulations, William!

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans Executive Director William Stoudt was honored last night by Gambit Weekly as one of the city’s “40 Under 40” for 2014. For the full list of winners, click here.  

Brown Foundation Service Fair

Yesterday, Eliza, Sandy, Sam and William represented YRNO at the Brown Foundation’s Service Learning Event/Fair at the Pontchartrain Center. Over 900 local students and teachers were in attendance. The Brown Foundation has renewed our grant this year, so we can continue funding our service learning initiative with partner high schools, including Jesuit High School and Sci Academy. Thanks so much! Will and Sandy speak with our neighbor Joe from UNITY of Greater New Orleans.   Eliza and Joe talk about the day’s activities.   On your marks…get set…   GO!!   The YRNO crew talks to a student leader.   […]

GiveNOLA Day

Hooray! YRNO’s official GiveNOLA totals from yesterday were $2,650 by way of 65 eligible gifts, which doesn’t include more pledged offline, plus the money still to come from the Lagniappe Fund. All in all, more than $2.2 million was donated to local non-profits! Thanks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation and everyone who supported YRNO. Your generosity allowed us to exceed our goals!

Global Youth Service Day

Saturday we had high school students from Carver and Jesuit working on special projects as part of Global Youth Service Day activities. At Carver, gardening was the mission, with planters for vegetables and herbs getting built and filled. Meanwhile, Jesuit students were tasked with building a wheelchair ramp and some yardwork. Check out the action below! Update: The New Orleans Advocate also published pictures from Carver. Building a planter.   Getting the soil.     Team planting.     Working in unison.   Hey, turn off that camera!   Who’s better than us?     Hey grass, you goin’ down! […]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

YRNO had a true “dream team” of young volunteers in Mid-City today to serve in honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with college students from Tulane, Loyola, Xavier and Dillard–as well as high school students from St. Augustine–all working in the neighborhood of our South Salcedo rebuild site. Most took part in a “community sweep,” picking up trash and the like, while a smaller group took yet another whack at removing our gigantic tree stump out back. Thanks to all who came out to humbly serve in a way that would have made Dr. King proud. Pickup patrol.   Ha […]

NOCDC Outstanding Citizen Diplomat

Thanks so much to the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council for honoring YRNO as one of the outstanding Citizen Diplomats of 2013 last week, and congratulations to the other winners: Committee for a Better New Orleans and United Houma Nation. We look forward to continuing our relationship with NOCDC!   Jack poses with the winners from United Houma Nation and CBNO.