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Rockaway Youth Task Force builds power to secure social, economic, and racial justice for residents rytf the Rockaway Peninsula and beyond. Rockaway Youth Task Force develops politically conscious youth leaders who are invested in improving themselves and their communities through member-led campaigns, leadership development, movement building, and cultural expression. InRYTF was informally activated around voter registration, mentorship, community clean-ups, and community service.
Following the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, RYTF received heightened media coverage and exposure, which caused an expansion of our work. InRYTF formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization and changed our model and focus.
We developed into holistic empowerment, community development, and grassroots organizing and advocacy organization.
We began initiating protests, rallies, and marches, rebuilding homes in the Rockaways, and advancing leaders in our community through education on rights, local politics, and other crucial civic knowledge. Neighborhoods in the Rockaway Peninsula vary widely in affluence and available services.
The gentrification of the oceanfront property has put many residents at risk rytf displacement due to rising rents and corporate developments. Limited access to adequate public transit in areas with high poverty rates exacerbate social issues such as gang violence, barriers to sufficient healthy food options, and a lack of hospital facilities and social services.
Many residents are forced to endure long commutes, sometimes lasting upwards of an hour and a half, to find quality job opportunities, health services, retail, and grocery stores in other areas of New York Rytf. Rockaway residents have the longest commute out of any NYC neighborhood, averaging 55 minutes. Despite the existence of higher-income neighborhoods and popular tourist destinations in the Rockaways, there is a disproportionate percentage of individuals living in poverty.
The Rockaway Peninsula lacks sufficient supermarkets and grocery stores carrying fresh, nutritious foods for its residents.
According to the St. Rockaway residents die of diabetes at more than double the rate of Queens residents overall, rytf nearly two times the NYC and NY State rates. Jazmine Outlaw ed the Rockaway Youth Task Force as a youth member in high school after being invited to a new members orientation by a friend. Jazmine has also ly served as the President of the st Precinct Council, making her the youngest in New York City history.
In her free time Jazmine enjoys cooking and baking. Get Involved. Jazmine Outlaw Executive Director Jazmine Outlaw ed the Rockaway Youth Task Force as a youth member in high school after being invited to a new members orientation by a friend.
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Rockaway Youth Task Force