Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans engages local youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community.

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Category:Youth Development
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is a non-profit organization that was created by youth, for youth, immediately following Hurricane Katrina. After that disaster, many young people who wanted to help rebuild were turned away by larger organizations because of liability associated with reconstruction work. Facing this rejection, a committed group of teenagers created Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.

YRNO engages local youth in the recovery and rebirth of New Orleans and equips young people with valuable job and life skills. While working toward that mission, YRNO has rebuilt 15 homes and sold them to local educators. Since 2011, the organization has trained over 120 local youth in construction, job-readiness, and soft skills. In 2016, YRNO trained 35 youth and began construction on a "teacher village" in the Bayou St. John neighborhood-4 blighted properties reconstructed as affordable homes.

Thank you for your support of our mission!
$25 buys gloves, goggles and masks for 10 volunteers
$47 purchases one fully-stocked toolbelt and tool set for an apprentice
$50 purchases an additional wheelbarrow
$100 buys a new power tool
$150 purchases transportation for YRNO field trips to local construction firms for job shadowing
$250 sponsors a neighborhood clean-up day
$300 purchases an additional laptop for youth interns to type resumes and job applications
$500 provides the materials and labor to make a repair for a neighbor in need
$1000 sponsors one YRNO pre-apprentice's 5-week training