EY’s United Way contributors get up close and personal with Durham Futures

October 6, 2017
EY employees stuff goodie bags for Durham Futures students with school supplies, snacks and hand-written notes of encouragement.

EY employees learned firsthand how Made in Durham’s Durham Futures initiative reengages young people who have dropped out of school, then collaborated in a service project to support the students.

The Oct. 6 event designed by Durham Futures funder and partner United Way of the Greater Triangle helped United Way contributors from the company learn more about the community partnership they support.

EY employees heard from a panel of local leaders how their organizations benefit from the Durham Futures collaboration, then stuffed goodie bags of school supplies and snacks for Durham Futures alternative school students, writing notes of encouragement and inserting them in each bag.

Panelists were Made in Durham Executive Director Meredythe Holmes, LIFE Skills Director of Operations and Development Laura Wendell, Durham Literacy Center Youth Education Program Coordinator Amy Garner and Achievement Academy of Durham board member Dan Oldman. United Way Community Impact Director Nick Allen moderated.

Durham Futures is a Made in Durham collaboration of educators and nonprofits that pilot a range of academic and social supports designed to reengage students who have dropped out of school and help them complete high school, earn a post-secondary credential and secure life-sustaining work.

For more information, visit www.madeindurham.org.

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