May 2018
News and information for partners creating Durham's education-to-work system
Durham alternative schools graduate formerly disconnected youth
Nineteen-year-old Akheem Hurst is one of more than 120 Durham youth, previously disconnected from school and work, who receive high school diplomas and support for pursuing college and careers this year thanks to Made in Durham's alternative school partners. READ MORE
Partners In Action
Durham employers prepare to host summer interns
The Durham YouthWork Internship Program convenes local employers for orientation and training, part of a range of quality improvements the program undertook this year to enhance the experience for interns and host organizations. READ MORE
Community convenes to launch skilled trades talent pipeline initiative
Construction trades, the second-highest in-demand talent need behind life sciences in the Triangle and across North Carolina, offers significant career opportunities for Durham's young people. READ MORE
NC Works' NEXTGEN Durham joins Made in Durham academic recovery initiative
The Durham NC Works youth training and employment program will help Made in Durham's Durham Futures action team reconnect young people who are disconnected from school and help them graduate, gain a post-secondary credential and secure life-sustaining employment. READ MORE
DPS honors WorkKeys recipients for attaining key employability skills
More than 400 Durham high school seniors graduate this year with a national credential demonstrating they are career ready in a range of essential hard and soft skills. READ MORE
Made in Durham receives $5,000 Hometown Hero Award from Coastal Credit Union Foundation
The partnership was among 25 nonprofits recognized at the credit union's annual Power of Sharing gala, which recognizes and awards funding to high-impact Triangle nonprofits across its 16-county service area. READ MORE
Made in Durham executive Lorenza Wilkins graduates from Leadership Triangle 2018 regional class
The four-month program encourages participants to see themselves as future regional leaders, offers sessions that help them develop leadership skills and connects participants to other key leaders and issues that face the region. READ MORE
Coming Up
Hard Hats & Hammers
June 7
Construction trades speed interviewing for youth ages 17-24
10 a.m.- 3p.m. (Lunch provided)
ReCity, 112 Broadway St. Durham, NC 27701

Our Vision

All Durham youth will complete a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by 25.

Learn how community partners are creating an education-to-career system for Durham youth in our MADE IN DURHAM 2017 REPORT

Made in Durham
Board of Directors

Victor Dzau, National Academy of Medicine, Chair
Jack Bailey, GlaxoSmithKline, Vice Chair
Anita Brown-Graham, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll, Vice Chair
Henry Scherich, Measurement Incorporated, Treasurer
Andrea Harris, Self-Help, Secretary

Johnson Akinleye, N.C. Central University
Brad Brinegar, McKinney
Rick Brown, Bank of America
Patrick Conway, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
David Dodson, MDC
Geoff Durham, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Martin Eakes, Self-Help
Bethlehem Ferede, Made in Durham Youth Network
Patrick Fine, FHI 360
William Fulkerson, Duke University Health System
George Habel III, Capitol Broadcasting Company
William Ingram, Durham Technical Community College
Eijah King, Made in Durham Youth Network
Robin Miller, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Elaine O'Neal, N.C. Superior Court Judge
Ed Paradise, Cisco
Casesy Steinbacher, Casey's Company

Ex Officio
Tom Bonfield, City of Durham
Wendell Davis, Durham County
Pascal Mubenga, Durham Public Schools

Advisory Team

Ghasan Ahmed, Made in Durham Youth Network
Rick Brown, Bank of America, Board Representative
Esther Coleman, City of Durham
Drew Cummings, Durham County, Co-chair
James Futrell, Durham Public Schools
Tom Jaynes, Durham Technical Community College, Co-chair
Jennifer Meade, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
Eliazar Posada, El Centro Hispano
David Reese, East Durham Children's Initiative
Susan Roche, McKinney
Rick Sheldahl, Durham Public Schools
Sachdeep “Sach” Singh, Made in Durham Youth Network 
Casey Steinbacher, Made in Durham
Keyvon Washingon, Made in Durham Youth Network
Lorenza Wilkins, Made in Durham
Madeleine Yancy, Made in Durham Youth Network
Pamela Thorpe Young, N.C. Central University
Alexandra Zagbayou, Student U, Co-chair

Interim Executive Director
Casey Steinbacher

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Made in Durham is a community partnership of educators, business, government, youth-serving nonprofits and young people mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham's youth will complete high school and a post-secondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25.
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