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Field Report: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

It’s been another great month here at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans! This month, YRNO received the “Best Recovery Resource” award from the Neighborhood Partnerships Network and was featured in two online newspapers—nola.com and inthenola.com. The nola.com article, titled “Giving thanks for our many blessings” can be read here. The inthenola.com article, titled “Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is tackling blight one house at a time” can be found here.  I recommend checking them out!

In other news, YRNO has updated its website content and sent out a pretty successful newsletter. I’m proud to say that I contributed to both projects! If you’re interested in learning about on our organization’s accomplishments this year, I invite you to check our newsletter out by clicking here.  We have also made a lot of progress on our Olympia St. home.

YRNO jan 1

This is a picture of Olympia when we first started working on the home.

YRNO jan 2

This is a picture of Olympia today! The progress is amazing. To check out more pictures from Olympia (before and after!) check out our facebook page.

I am also excited to announce that things are going well for YRNO in the Super Service Challenge! For those of you who are not familiar, the Super Service Challenge is a contest that is being sponsored by Companies with a Mission and the Brees Dream Foundation. The Challenge asks that people form small groups, volunteer with a New Orleans non-profit and submit a video about their experience to the contest by January. The videos are judged by judges and voted on by the public. Winning videos will win $2,000-$25,000 for their charities. This challenge has been a blessing for New Orleans non-profits like Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. We are so grateful—9 different groups supporting YRNO have already submitted videos to the contest! They are Ad Majorem, Central Congregational Church, Darton State Servant Leadership, Ernst and Young, Jefferson County Open School, Sci Academy, Tulane Butler 5 Residents, Tulane CPS and Wheeling Jesuit. You can check them out at http://cwam.com/super-service-challenge-voting/, and please vote for YRNO today!

-Lauren Lim, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTAYouth Rebuilding New Orleans

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