Made in Durham interns capture stories of youth journeys to success

July 2, 2018

Two summer interns are helping Made in Durham document the stories of young people who are on the path to college and career success.

Amir Williams

Amir Williams, a 2018 public policy graduate from Duke University and former Made in Durham policy intern, returns this summer with a John Hope Franklin Award in Documentary Studies.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Williams updated a landscape analysis for Made in Durham’s academic recovery initiative, Durham Futures. Through her conversations with partners, she learned about the social determinants of education and the need for resources, such as strong parental support, reliable transportation and access to quality healthcare, needed to help students succeed in school and work.

Williams applied for and received a grant through the Center for Documentary Studies that will let her share her observations and the inspiring work of the Durham Futures program through a series of still images and interviews with students working to overcome life barriers and achieve success.

Antoinique White interviews a summer intern.

Antoinique White, a mass communications and business management student at Winston-Salem State University, is documenting the experience of young people working with local employers through the Durham YouthWork Internship Program.

Her still photos and video interviews with students and employers will explore the benefits to both from the YouthWork program, which is giving young people in Durham work exposure and experience and helping build a local workforce.

Images and interviews from both interns will help Made in Durham tell the story of young people in Durham and how employers and community partners can support their education-to-career path.

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