September 2016
  News and information for partners creating Durham's education-to-work system   Made in Durham | Get Involved  
YouthWork Internship Program offers value for Durham students and employers
More than 200 Durham youth participated in six-week paid summer internships through the Durham YouthWork Internship Program, a key component of the education-to-work system being created by Made in Durham partners. READ MORE
Partners in Action
Achievement Academy student interns help build community playground
Students from the Durham drop-out recovery program joined more than 250 volunteers planning and building a playground at Crest Street Park in one day. READ MORE
IEI launches career and college readiness texting pilot project
Text, Talk, Act: Boosting Career and College Readiness, an electronic texting-based program, aims to encourage peer conversation around college and career readiness to get high school students talking about their future career options after graduation. CONTACT IEI TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PILOT
Made in Durham taps Valerie Anderson, Ph.D., for key youth strategy role
Anderson serves as youth transitions strategist, facilitating the work of the Durham Futures action team to re-engage youth who have dropped out of school and help them transition successfully to post-secondary credentialing opportunities and living-wage work. READ MORE
Durham Tech names new special assistant for equity and inclusion
Longtime workforce development leader Angela Davis has been tapped for the newly created post, working closely with President Bill Ingram and college leaders to ensure policies and practices promote an engaging and unifying environment for the community. READ MORE
In The Media
In Touch with Durham County
Durham Television Network | Sept. 1, 2016
Made in Durham Executive Director Meredythe and Duke University Health System Executive Vice President William Fulkerson discuss the community partnership that is helping youth connect work, learning and career opportunity.
OP ED: Community must re-engage with Durham Public Schools
The News & Observer | Aug. 21, 2016
Durham Public Schools Superintendent Bert L’Homme says the district needs the entire community’s support to reduce the achievement gap.
OP ED: Durham bonds offer a sound investment in education
The News & Observer | Aug. 10, 2016
The N&O’s editorial board says: “Durham Tech would get roughly $20 million for improvements, another serious need at a time when the state’s community colleges are more important than ever.”
A candid conversation
The News & Observer | July 17, 2016
Gang expert Michelle Young says gangs fill a gap for youth ages 14-16 who want to earn money but have no place to work legally.
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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
David Dodson, MDC
Geoff Durham, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Martin Eakes, Self-Help
William Fulkerson, Duke University Health System
Jim Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting Company
Kenneth Hammond, Union Baptist Church
William Ingram, Durham Technical Community College
Samone Oates-Bullock, Made in Durham Youth Network
Elaine O'Neal, N.C. Superior Court Judge
Ed Paradise, Cisco
Ivan Kohar Parra, Durham CAN
Luis Pastor, Latino Community Credit Union
Debra Saunders-White, N.C. Central University
Henry Scherich, Measurement Incorporated
Steven Williams, GLOBAL Ventures of North America LLC
Brad Wilson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

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
Drew Cummings, Durham County
Arnold Dennis, Juvenile Justice Institute
Tom Jaynes, Durham Technical Community College
Dan Oldman, Achievement Academy of Durham
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
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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