December 2016
News and information for partners creating Durham's education-to-work system Made in Durham | Get Involved
Achievement Academy of Durham graduates 15 former dropouts
The students, ages 16-51, were mothers and fathers, locals and immigrants, musicians and artists, all joined on this day by one important new label – high school graduate. That credential opens the door for pursuing post-secondary credentials and careers never before available to them. READ MORE
Partners in Action
Durham Tech launches student leadership program
A competitive process will select students for Journey, which aims to build students' leadership skills through their participation in dynamic workshops led by motivational speakers. READ MORE
Duke employee-funded project examines mental health barriers to school and life success
Research conducted by a team of students from Achievement Academy of Durham examines the symptoms, consequences and treatments for anxiety and depression, learning key career skills in the process. READ MORE

Made in Durham partners offer holiday giving opportunities

East Durham Children's Initiative offers a menu of ways to connect East Durham families with support services, while Achievement Academy of Durham coordinates a giving tree for elderly neighbors. READ MORE
N.C. State University honors Durham Tech president for outstanding leadership, innovation
Dr. Bill Ingram receives the 2016 I.E. Ready Distinguished Leader Award for his significant impact on the region. READ MORE
When Nonprofits Become Market Innovators, Social Returns Are Exponential
By Albert Siemens
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Made in Durham board member and FHI Foundation chairman Al Siemens offers three lessons from the field for NGOs pursuing social impact investing. READ MORE
Good Reads
Youth Engagement: Building trust, hope and resilience
Institute for Emerging Issues
November 2016
Made in Durham 2016 Annual Report


Made in Durham
Board of Directors

Victor Dzau, National Academy of Medicine, Chair
Jack Bailey, GlaxoSmithKline, Vice Chair
Anita Brown-Graham, Institute for Emerging Issues, Vice Chair
Al Siemens, FHI Foundation, Treasurer
Andrea Harris, N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development, Secretary

Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Casey Barr-Rios, Made in Durham Youth Network
Brad Brinegar, McKinney
Rick Brown, Bank of America
Samone Bullock, Made in Durham Youth Network
David Dodson, MDC
Geoff Durham, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Martin Eakes, Self-Help
Patrick Fine, FHI 360
William Fulkerson, Duke University Health System
Jim Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting Company
Isaac Green, Piedmont Investment Advisers
William Ingram, Durham Technical Community College
Robin Miller, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Elaine O'Neal, N.C. Superior Court Judge
Ed Paradise, Cisco
Ivan Kohar Parra, Durham CAN
Luis Pastor, Latino Community Credit Union
Henry Scherich, Measurement Incorporated
Steven Williams, GLOBAL Ventures of North America LLC

Ex Officio
Tom Bonfield, City of Durham
Wendell Davis, Durham County
Bert L'Homme, Durham Public Schools

Advisory Team

Michael Becketts, Durham County Social Services
Esther Coleman, City of Durham
Nancy Cox, Achievement Academy of Durham
Drew Cummings, Durham County
Arnold Dennis, Juvenile Justice Institute
Tom Jaynes, Durham Technical Community College
Ann Oshel, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
Jenni Owen, Duke University Center for Child & Family Policy
Gudrun Parmer, Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center
David Reese, East Durham Children's Initiative
Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, El Centro Hispano
Rick Sheldahl, Durham Public Schools
Lorraine Taylor, Juvenile Justice Institute
Pamela Thorpe Young, N.C. Central University
John White, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Stacey Wilson-Norman, Durham Public Schools
Alexandra Zagbayou, Student U

Executive Director
Meredythe Holmes

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