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


Durham employers, educators, elected officials, others convene to begin planning how to build a strong skilled trades talent pipeline

May 24, 2018
Construction trades are the second-highest in-demand talent need behind life sciences in the Triangle and across North Carolina, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Nationwide, retiring Baby Boomers are expected to create a need for 31 million new skilled trades workers by 2020.

Durham alternative schools graduate formerly disconnected young people

May 24, 2018
Nineteen-year-old Akheem Hurst's remarks at Achievement Academy of Durham's graduation April 24 expressed the sentiments of more than 100 Durham youth, previously disconnected from school and work, who received high school diplomas and support for pursuing college and careers this year thanks to alternative school programs.

NCWorks’ NEXTGEN Durham joins Made in Durham academic recovery initiative

May 21, 2018
Durham NCWorks youth training and employment program, NEXTGEN, has joined Made in Durham's Durham Futures action team, which works to reconnect young people who are disconnected from school and help them graduate, gain a post-secondary credential and secure life-sustaining employment.

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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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