YouthWork Internship Program seeks career-readiness offerings for Durham youth

January 19, 2016

Job Fair Feb. 6 features internship opportunities and interviewing skills

Durham YouthWork Internship Program and Durham Parks and Recreation will co-host a job fair on Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N Driver St, Durham, N.C. 27703.

The fair is open to all ages, but YouthWork will focus in particular on activities for youth ages 14–24. Attendees will learn about more than 250 summer internship opportunities and jobs throughout Durham, meet job and internship supervisors, and get help with interviewing skills and completing Durham’s online job application.

Youth will also receive a Passport Stamp. Five or more stamps qualify youth for priority interviewing in the YouthWork Internship Program.

The job fair is one example of a career-readiness activity that helps prepare young people for careers. Research shows that the prospect of a good job and a meaningful career is a powerful motivator for young people to stay in school and complete postsecondary education and training.

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program wants to expand career-readiness offerings to more Durham youth, and seeks help from companies, organizations and individuals that are already offering trainings in career-readiness or life skills. The program can market these events to youth across Durham and provide DYIP Passport Stamps to youth who attend.

Career-readiness and life skills activities include financial education workshops, customer service training, resume writing classes, mock interviews and other activities that prepare young people to be successful employees.

Businesses can also help by participating in job fairs or offering company tours, job shadowing, employer classroom presentations and co-teaching or internships – activities that link work and learning for students.

The YouthWork Internship Program is operated by the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development in partnership with the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College and Made in Durham.  All are key partners in the Made in Durham partnership, working together to ensure that every Durham youth graduates from high school, completes a postsecondary credential and enters a career by age 25.

For more information on the job fair, contact James Dickens at the Durham YouthWork Internship Program, james.dickens@durhamnc.gov or (919) 560-4965 ext. 15217.

To offer a career-readiness activity, contact Malinda Todd, malinda.todd@durhamnc.gov or (919) 560-4965 ext. 15220.

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