Opportunity Youth

Made in Durham’s Durham Futures initiative mobilizes community partners to align strategies that support “opportunity youth” – those who are disconnected from school and work – ages 14-24 earn high school diplomas or equivalent credentials and transition to and persist in a post-secondary degree or credentialing program that qualifies them for life-sustaining work.

Partners pilot academic and social supports for students who attend four alternative education programs: Achievement Academy of Durham, Gateway to College at Durham Technical Community College, Performance Learning Center at Durham Public Schools, and Durham Literacy Center’s Youth Education Program.

Strategy

Develop a clear sequence of steps by which young people who are behind or disconnected from school or work can complete high school and post-secondary education and secure living-wage work.

Action Steps

  1. Pilot a support system for 250 opportunity youth who attend four alternative education programs.
  2. Develop and implement a strategy to reengage and serve disconnected youth.
  3. Pursue public policies that enable and support opportunity youth.

Partners

Achievement Academy of Durham

Duke Energy Foundation

Durham Literacy Center

Durham Public Schools

  • Performance Learning Center
  • Student Support Services

Durham Technical Community College

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Human Resource Department
  • Gateway to College

Life Skills Foundation

N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development

United Way of the Greater Triangle

Contact

Valerie D. Anderson, Ph.D.
Youth Transitions Strategist
919.627.6421
vanderson@madeindurham.org

 

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