Big tings a gwaan in these parts! (translation: a lot of things are happening!) RUBARB is in full swing with a great crew of volunteers for the 2015/16 school year. Check out the photos from this month.

We are all super happy to welcome Jujuan as RUBARB's first paid staff member. From the generosity of Youth Empowerment Project and the brilliance of Woody, Jujuan was at the shop for a trial period during the month of September during every open shop. He was both knowledgable and a valuable addition to the RUBARB family.   Jujuan was a student at YEP, trained by Woody, and a RUBARB neighbor. The plan is to expand that trial period from one month to a longer term thing, which is really dope! 

RUBARB has also teamed up with our neighbor and creator of the game called Kangaroo Court, Ms. Janilyn Johnson. The aim is to bring positive opportunities for the youth in the Upper 9th. Ms. Johnson has been doing just that and is looking to expand her vision to a Community Center on Louisa Street.  So it was the perfect time for us to  join forces!!  We are really grateful for her community leadership and her dedication to making the neighborhood safe for kids to play and grow together.

The RUBARB 2015 Back 2 School Bash was a blast!! With Caleb firing up the grill, Logan organizing games, and neighbors playing music we had a good old fashioned hootenany

Neighborhood bike race

BBQ fixins

School SuppliesDamyion

School supplies were distributed and lots of fun was had!

Come out to our next event or drop by the shop for open hours - Monday, Wednesday or Saturday.

Welcome to the July recap - and WELCOME Simbi Sakina Shoop Hart to the RUBARB family!  Simbi came early in the morning on July 25, 2015 - Liz is doing great! Caleb is doing great! Everyone is doing great and Ms Liz says she'll be getting little Simbi over to the shop as soon as possible! 

claires hand 2simbi and rolando

Other than that the shop has been steadily busy as we wind down and see the kids start to get back to school already! The summer goes so fast. Virginia, Ashton and Lashine did get to take a bike ride to Crescent Park in the Bywater and enjoy the cool river breeze after a Saturday open shop.

Lashine Ashton

In August, we will be hosting a Back to School Bash! Come out and celeberate the end of summer with RUBARB on August 22. Flier to follow :)