The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate magazine is a citizen journalism project of the Rockaway Youth Task Force based out of Far Rockaway, Queens. In addition to being the only black-led newspaper in Rockaway, the Rockaway Advocate is also a youth program that combines local advocacy with youth development. In today’s world, rarely does mainstream media offer youth of color a platform to tell their own stories and those of their communities. These stories are often ignored, misrepresented, or marginalized. At the Rockaway Advocate, we are changing that narrative.

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Dockless Bikes are Coming to Rockaway

July 19, 2018

Dockless bikes are scheduled to start appearing in Rockaway, in a series of deliveries over the month of July. In May 2018, Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Transportation announced a…

Mayor Proposes Changes on Specialized School Entry Exam

July 19, 2018

Mayor de Blasio announced plans to remove the admission exam for New York City’s specialized high schools, the highest-performing in the public school system. Currently, prospective students to specialized high…

Showing Pride From NYC to Far Rockaway

July 19, 2018

On June 24th, New York City celebrated Pride with a massive, intensely joyful parade of more than 40,000 LGBTQ+ people and allies marching together. In a sea of rainbow flags,…

Rock Safe Streets Presents: Holds Hands Around Rockaway

July 19, 2018

In celebration of June being Gun Violence Awareness Month, Rock Safe Streets hosted a public demonstration and solidarity event called “Hold Hands Around Rockaway” on June 15th. Rock Safe Streets…

ROPE Charter School of STEM for Girls

July 19, 2018

What if there was a world with more women receiving degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields? That can become a reality simply by starting to introduce STEM options…

City Closes Beach Due to “Safety Concerns”

July 19, 2018

On May 21, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver announced that due to “safety concerns,” the beach from Beach 91st Street to Beach 102nd Street will be closed for the summer.…