The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate is a two-part project that gives RYTF members the opportunity to engage seriously with the media. The first part is the RYTF Blog. The online blog gives RYTF a chance to add to commentary on current events and related topics at an organizational level. The second part is a monthly newspaper written by RYTF youth with the support of RYTF staff. Both projects serve to give members and organizers a platform to dissect and share information in our community through a structured program. The program also allows RYTF youth to gain useful skills in journalism and reporting. If you are interested in learning more or writing for The Rockaway Advocate, please contact

Community Unites at Rockaway Vigil

September 1, 2017

At times when it feels as though fear and hatred are becoming commonplace in society, people must remember to look to their friends and neighbors for solace. On Tuesday, August…

New York Rivals: Cuomo, de Blasio, & the MTA

September 1, 2017

New York hot dog versus Chicago hot dog. Yankees versus Red Sox. Cuomo versus de Blasio? New Yorkers are no strangers to good, old-fashioned rivalries, but tensions between Governor Andrew…

How FAITH is Changing the Community

September 1, 2017

Community based organizations are powerful agents of change in local neighborhoods. Their success relies on the fact that they intimately understand the needs of their families and neighbors. Community based…

New Bikes! (SIKE)

September 1, 2017

After a summer marred by huge transportation delays and emergencies, New Yorkers are near their boiling points with the MTA. More so, given the Rockaway community’s lack of public transportation…

Moving Forward after Charlottesville

September 1, 2017

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”— George Santayana For my entire life, I’ve assumed things like slavery, the Holocaust, and fascism were mistakes of our…

Rockaway’s Own Defends Columbus’ Legacy as “Heritage”

August 31, 2017

On August 24th, politicians and citizens joined forces at Columbus Circle to protest the mayor’s decision to review every statue on city property and remove “symbols of hate”. The location…

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