About

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

Research shows that the prospect of a good job and a meaningful career can be a powerful motivator for young people to stay in school and complete postsecondary education and training.

Made in Durham partners collaborate to link work and learning more effectively by strengthening existing initiatives and creating new ones.

By creating an effective education–to-career system, we can prepare all of Durham’s young people for careers and build a pipeline of talent that helps regional companies compete and grow.

Timeline

2011
Panel on Disconnected Youth, a diverse group Durham’s business academic, criminal justice and community and economic development leaders with MDC Inc., conducts research and interviews more nearly 100 experts and practitioners to determine how Durham can better prepare its youth for successful adulthood and good jobs in the local labor market.

2012
Panel publishes Made in Durham: Building an Education-to-Career System, calling for business, government, educators, nonprofits, youth and young adults to collaborate and build an effective education-to-career system for Durham.

2013
Made in Durham Task Force and Policy Working Group convene to develop an agenda and action plan for creating Durham’s education-to-career system.

2014
Made in Durham Task Force publishes Made in Durham: Phase 1 Action Plan, which outlines steps to create Durham’s education-to-career system and calls for the creation of a nonprofit organization to facilitate a sustained partnership effort.

2015
Made in Durham Task Force creates a nonprofit anchor organization, called Made in Durham, to create and sustain Durham’s education-to-career system. The partnership updates its action plan for fiscal year 2016.

Made in Durham 2016 Annual Report

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Vision 

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

Mission

Create an education-to-career system that enables every young person to:

  • Complete high school
  • Engage in work experiences that prepare them for a career
  • Complete a postsecondary credential
  • Secure living-wage work
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Made in Durham is a community partnership of educators, business, government, nonprofits, youth and young adults mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham’s youth will complete high school and a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25.
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