Our Vision

All Durham youth will complete a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by age 25.

Roughly 40 percent of Durham’s young people may not be on track to complete high school, achieve a postsecondary credential of some kind or gain employment by the time they are 25.

Who We Are

Made in Durham is a community partnership of engaged educators, business, government, nonprofits, youth and young adults aligning their resources and initiatives to create an education-to-career system that better equips Durham’s youth for career and life success and builds a stronger local workforce.

Creating an education-to-career system

Made in Durham partners are collaborating to create an education-to-career system that enables every young person in Durham to:

Graduate from high-school

Engage in work experiences that prepare them for a career

Complete a postsecondary credential

Secure living-wage work


Disconnected young person finds school success through United Way-supported program

March 18, 2018
Four Durham Futures program partners – Achievement Academy of Durham, Durham Public Schools' Performance Learning Center, Durham Technical Community College's Gateway to College program and Durham Literacy Center – pilot a range of academic, career and social supports for "opportunity youth" – those who are disconnected from school and work – ages 14-24.

Career Fair helps high school senior connect with career opportunities

March 15, 2018
Recruiters from the military, government retail, hospitality and education sectors connected with emerging Durham Public Schools talent March 14 at the annual Ready, Set, Go…Launch Your Career! career fair.

Durham’s work-based learning continuum spotlighted a regional workforce event

March 8, 2018
Durham's plan to create a continuum of activities that lead all young people to careers took center stage March 7 at an annual convening of region of workforce development experts.

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Made in Durham is a community partnership of educators, business, government, youth-serving nonprofits and young people mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham’s youth will complete high school and a post-secondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25.
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