Since Hurricane Katrina, thousands of youth from all over New Orleans have come in to volunteer their time and energy by working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. Students from out-of town are equally committed to rebuilding, and their presence has been heard over the years of hard-working weekend groups, alternative spring breaks, and service trips. YRNO currently has active chapters in Sci Academy, Archbishop Rummel, Ben Franklin, Mount Carmel, and Tulane University through an on-campus group called SAFER.
These chapters ave service-learning components in which they learn financial literacy and civic engagement, as well as the practical skills which the students are taught on the build-sites which they volunteer at. These students have been an integral part of our volunteer activities
Thousands of young people from across the city have worked with Youth Rebuilding since its creation following Hurricane Katrina. We have had students from countless schools both locally and from out-of-town. Currently Youth Rebuilding New Orleans currently has active chapters at Ben Franklin, Mount Carmel, and Archbishop Rummel, and Tulane University through an on-campus group called SAFER . Here we spotlight some of our most active volunteers; if you or someone you know has been
My name is Grace, and I am a Junior at Ben Franklin High School. I am a founding member of Franklin’s YRNO chapter and have been the Vice President of the Ben Franklin chapter for two years. YRNO has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever taken part in, and I can’t wait to see Project H.O.M.E Work become even more successful. My favorite subjects are English and Spanish. I have been riding and competing horses since I was six and have the daily responsibility of working with my horse Wellington.
My name is Will, and I am a Junior at Benjamin Franklin High School. I first heard about Youth Rebuilding New Orleans last year and decided to co-found (along with Grace B.) a Franklin chapter of the organization. I am currently serving as President of our chapter and periodically help organize groups of Franklin students to go out and work on YRNO’s homes. Since being introduced to Franklin, YRNO has flourished and is currently one of the largest clubs in the school. I can truly say that my participation in YRNO has been one of my favorite parts of my high school career thus far. In addition to YRNO, I am also involved in Franklin’s Debate and Mu Alpha Theta teams, as well as other service organizations, such as the Green Society. I plan on remaining involved in YRNO during the rest of high school and beyond, as we help to rebuild New Orleans one house at a time.