6 Ways To Improve The Environment In Your Home

By Larry Jergins Source   Just as paint can make an older New Orleans house look fresh, a few updates on the inside can help improve your home and the environment.    Since we’re all spending more time inside our homes because of the pandemic, simple changes like adding plants — or a splash of color to walls (our youth teams can help with that) — can brighten up a kitchen or living room.   Adding indoor plants and brighter colors will benefit you and your family, but other updates, like recycling, will benefit the New Orleans community. And driving […]

Summer Speakers

YRNO’s  Summer Program provides local youth the opportunity to gain hands-on construction skills while participating in professional development and life skills workshops. A number of local subject matter experts visited the interns each week this summer to lead workshops on a wide variety of topics ranging from perseverance to financial literacy to sex education,  providing well-rounded training for teens to enter college and careers prepared.    Orleans Public Defenders   The Orleans Public Defenders‘ Know Your Rights program visited our office to teach the interns their rights so that they will be prepared and knowledgeable moving forward. Robert Jones, from […]

YRNO goes to the Lower Ninth Ward

  By: Maliek Breland The end is near for YRNO’s tenure in the Bayou Saint John neighborhood. These past 4 years we have renovated a total of 4 houses, did a number of home owner projects, neighborhood sweeps, and storm water management projects. Now we will be moving to the well-known Lower Ninth Ward, which is located towards the mouth of the Mississippi river. In 2005, the ninth ward was heavily damaged by hurricane Katrina and Rita. Before the storms hit there were 14,008 people residing in the neighborhood. Now there are roughly 5,000  people residing in the neighborhood.       […]

Summer Program Application Available for 2019

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans REbuild Program provides summer internships for youth aged 16-21 interested in a career in the construction industry. Participants learn construction, job-readiness and financial literacy skills during a part-time, paid internship. Program Dates: June 25-July 25. Program Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am-2:30 pm Program Application: Completed applications (2 pages) should be emailed to maggie@yrno.com or mailed to Youth Rebuilding New Orleans at 1933 Hope Street, New Orleans 70119. Prospective applicants will be invited to interview. For more information, please call YRNO at 504-264-3344                  

People of YRNO: Spring Break Edition

As always, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans has been hosting hundreds of students from around the country who dedicated time, money and effort toward our mission. To all those young people traveling to work with us, THANK YOU! Your volunteer efforts allow YRNO to sell our homes for below the market value, helping teachers and public servants access homeownership. University of Virginia and University of South Florida St. Petersburg have both been traveling to New Orleans to stay in our bunkhouse and volunteer for the last few years. This year, they got put to work on concrete removal for a neighbor […]

10 Steps to Rebuilding a Blighted House

1. Recruit a team of local youth leaders interested in learning more about construction. Gut the house and install plywood sheathing. Be sure to get a brand new foundation and roof done by licensed subcontractors! 2.  Site Supervisors should teach and lead youth volunteers from around the country to re-frame the shotgun double into a spacious L-shape double. 3. Empower girls to work hard and carpentry skills from a fellow female leader. Rebuild the front porch with care using historic deckboards. 4. Conquer fear of heights. Site supervisors should work together to install and caulk brand new siding, then teach […]

Applications open for Winternship 2018

YRNO is pleased to announce our second annual REbuild Winternship Program! During the 2-week internship during schools’ winter breaks, local youth team up to complete home repair and lanscaping projects for homeowners in need while gaining impactful, paid work experience. Consider it YRNO’s gift to the community. YRNO is accepting applications from youth aged 16-21 with either some experience in carpentry or construction or who are currently enrolled in a carpentry training class. Application and instructions: Winternship 2018 Application  

Summer Volunteer RECAP!

Summer is also a busy time for youth around the country to get out and volunteer, and YRNO is lucky enough to have about 200 volunteers helping out on our jobsites this summer. Kicking off summer around Memorial Day, the girls from the Laurel School volunteered during their full-service trip with YRNO, which included a swamp tour, bowling at Rock-N-Bowl, museums, meals, snoballs, and more. Contact Prince if you’re interested in planning an all-inclusive service trip for your group: prince@yrno.com   All summer, YRNO was lucky to work with 9 Jesuit High School Seniors completing their 100 hours of service […]

Summer REbuild RECAP!

As usual, summer at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans was fun, busy, and HOT! While we work with over 200 volunteers in the summer, YRNO shifts focus to our local youth job-training internship, the REbuild Program. This year, 2 cohorts of 21 youth worked to complete the yellow house and community builds while also completing training workshops on career readiness, soft skills, personal finance, social justice, mental health, investing, social media, and sex education. We are grateful for partnerships with a number of organizations and guest speakers Chandra Britt (Whitney Bank), KD Minor (Cowen Institute), Khalilah Collins (Making Connections NOLA), Chelsea […]

5 Effective Ways to Retrofit Older Housing to be More Energy Efficient

Guest Blog by our friend Justin Harve Owners living in older homes are not necessarily destined to be stuck with high energy bills that simultaneously drain the wallet and Earth’s precious resources. By investing in a few surprisingly affordable updates, a home of any age can easily be transformed into an energy- efficient living space. Here are five low-cost and effective ways to retrofit an older house to save hard-earned green while also living green. 1. Affordable Lighting Upgrades Replacing incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can have a huge impact on energy […]