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New Goals For 2017

Milan Taylor started the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) in 2011 at age 21. Tired of seeing inactivity in his

Four Years Later, How NYC Public Housing Survived Hurricane Sandy

Coupled with threats of gentrification, communities are still recovering from trauma that accompanied

Community Policing Expands in New York, but Some Question if It Works

A policing pilot program in the Rockaways in Queens is encouraging officers to mingle with residents.

How Community Gardens are Fighting for Food Justice in the Rockaways

Four garden groups are working to empower their communities, youth included, in an isolated New York City neig

East Rockaway Growing Coalition

The Rockaway Peninsula is known for its beaches, but it could soon be known as a community gardening hub. Four

Free Ferry Shuttle Plan Leaves Far Rockaway Residents Feeling Disconnected

When the city brings permanent ferry service to the Rockaways next year, there's a plan in the works for a fre

Youth Demand Justice for Police Killing of Ramarley Graham

Dozens of youth and student organizations from across New York City convened outside of the office of U.S. Att

A Real Look at NYPD’s Experimental Community Policing Plan

Six months into the initiative, residents have responded to the pilot plan with mixed feelings.

Super Storm Sandy 3 Years Later

NY1 coverage of our 3rd Annual Day Service event celebrating our communities progress since Sandy.

In New York, Testing Grounds for Community Policing

On a recent afternoon in Far Rockaway, the six officers sat on couches in the second-floor office of the Rocka

RYTF Community Garden Expansion

RYTF's community garden is growing fast and looking for more space to spread its roots.

Youth Market Begins Third Year

When it first opened in 2013, there wasn't a guarantee that it would make it through a full season.

Jazmine Outlaw, 20, Elected President of 101st Precinct Council

Last week Jazmine Outlaw, 20, defeated Victor Boamah, 24, in the election to become president of the 101st.

In Far Rockaway Election, Youth of Color Spearhead Police Reform

RYTF membership coordinator Jazmine Outlaw’s run for 101th Precinct Community Council president.

RYTF 50 Cent Protest

Sporting their bright orange RYTF shirts, the young members held posters saying “Be Heard Or Die Trying,”

RYTF Growing and Branching Out

The garden, which is on Beach 58th Street and Beach Channel Drive, features plenty of planting beds, solar pan

RYTF Recruitment A Success

It’s been a long cold winter but that hasn’t stopped the Rockaway Youth Task Force’s recruitment efforts.

Black Friday Recap: Ferguson Boycott And Walmart Strikes Lead To Arrests, Mall Closures

New York’s #BlackoutBlackFriday protest, organized by social justice group Million Hoodies and RYTF.

Ferguson Protesters Urge Boycott of Black Friday

RYTF demonstrates how economic power is the root of racial justice.

Documenting the Solidarity of a Movement in Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo.

Arielle Newton, Chief Innovation Officer, travels to Ferguson, Missouri in solidarity with Mike Brown.

Video: RYTF Rebuilds Community Post Sandy

Hurricane Sandy left many Far Rockaway residents devastated, but inspired some to do more.

Gun Violence On The Rise

RYTF joins State Senator Sanders & Councilman Richards at an emergency community meeting to address gun violen

2nd Annual Day of Service

The RYTF began building a garden in an effort to help the community recover from the devastation of Superstorm

Video: Community Center Ready to Reopen After Hurricane Damage

Destroyed by Superstorm Sandy almost two years ago the Beach 41st street community center's gym was left...

L’empowerment, le pouvoir aux citoyens à la mode US

Milan Taylor and Councilman Donovan Richards speak at a panel in Paris on the importance of Youth Empowerment.

Video: Rockaway Youthmarket

The Rockaway Youth Task Force, partnering with Grow NYC, opens its Youth Market for the second year.

Three Queens pols allow residents to decide how millions are spent

Queens City Councilmen Mark Weprin, Donovan Richards and Eric Ulrich are among those giving constituents a cha

Video: RYTF Calls on NYCHA to Fix Community Center

The Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF)is calling on the New York City Housing...

Youth Work to Rebuild Rockaway

One year ago, a hurricane – the worst storm the Northeast had ever seen – touched land, wreaking havoc on...

Video: NY1 Queens People of the Week

The latest Queens People of the Week are the members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force who spend their...

RYTF Open Mic Event

Rockaway youth showed off their talents at an Open Mic Night hosted by the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RTYF)...

RYTF Post-Sandy Clock Clean-Up

Last weekend one of the first spring cleanups on the peninsula took place as the Rockaway Youth Task Force...

Milan Taylor speaks on NY1 regarding Youth Summit

Milan Taylor from Rockaway Youth Task Force and Theo Phillips, Field Director Police Athletic League...

RYTF Vice President Silaka Cox

Created by the youth, operated by the youth, founded in 2011, the Rockaway Youth Task Force mission is to...

Video: Milan Taylor Queens Person of the Week

The latest Queens Person of the Week is a Rockaway native who is inspiring young...

Video: RYTF Sandy Relief Efforts

We've seen the agony caused by a storm named Sandy - Homes destroyed; Families left in the dark; Fistfights...

Post-Sandy Election Day

In anticipation of the 2012 election, the Rockaway Youth Task Force proudly registered about 350 18- to...

RYTF Superstorm Sandy Relief at distribution center

The Rockaway Youth Task Force is a youth empowerment group started in 2011...

Rockaway Youth Task Force Recruitment Event

A wise man once said that power is “the ability to have your will accomplished in...

Video: Voter Registration Drive in Hammels

Members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force held a voter registration drive in...

Voter Registration Drive in Redfern

Saturday, September 29 the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) spent the day knocking on doors registering...

March to End the Madness

They shouted “Peace up, guns down” and “No more silence, stop the violence.” It was a community that had...

Arverne Block Cleanup

The Rockaway Youth Task Force led a cleanup on Beach 54 Street last Friday evening. Tackling what the group ca

RTYF President Meets Mayor for Brainstorm

One of Rockaway’s leading youth advocates joined in a brainstorming session at Gracie...

Ocean Bay Open Mic

Friday, December 2, more than 60 young people packed the Ocean Bay Community Center for an Open Mic Night...

Ocean Bay Youth Town Hall Meeting

The Rockaway Youth Task Force and Donovan Richards, the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders Jr. and...

Rockaway Youth Task Force Takes Shape

A group of young people from Rockaway have come together to make what they see...