September 2017
News and information for partners creating Durham's education-to-work system Made in Durham | Get Involved
DPS expands career planning services for high school students
Ninth-graders in Durham Public Schools' five comprehensive high schools will embark this year on a career planning journey school officials hope will propel them – and the thousands of students who follow – on a path to life-sustaining employment. READ MORE
Partners in Action
Durham YouthWork interns get valuable workplace exposure
Two hundred Durham youth learned firsthand about the world of work this summer during six-week paid internships with more than 70 local employers.
Sponsorships available for 2017 Power of Partnership Summit
Sponsors support the work of the partnership and make it possible for education and nonprofit partners to attend the annual event at no cost.
Youth Network welcomes new members, moves forward on youth engagement in systems change
Made in Durham welcomes 27 new and 10 returning members of its Youth Network, a diverse group of young people ages 14-24 who bring the voice and perspective of youth to the partnership. READ MORE
Made in Durham launches dropout recovery program with $750,000 Oak Foundation grant
The major new initiative will reconnect students who have dropped out of high school, serve them with a range of academic and social supports, and get them back on track to graduation and beyond. READ MORE
Dan McKinney tapped to direct youth engagement strategies for Made in Durham
The Student U history teacher and academic coach will work with the Made in Durham Youth Network to ensure the voice and perspective of youth is integrated into all of the partnership's work. READ MORE
N.C. Central University names Johnson O. Akinleye as chancellor
The "strategic thinker and no-nonsense leader" who expanded the university's academic partnerships also joins Made in Durham's board of directors. READ MORE
Celebrating a strong year, and yet still much to do in Durham Public Schools
The Herald Sun | July 7, 2017
Fiscal woes plague students at N.C.'s HBCUs
Triangle Business Journal | Aug. 4, 2017
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All Durham youth will complete a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by age 25

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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
Andrea Harris, Self-Help, Secretary

Johnson Akinleye, Chancellor, N.C. Central University
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
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

Esther Coleman, City of Durham
Nancy Cox, Achievement Academy of Durham
Drew Cummings, Durham County
James Futrell, Durham Public Schools
Tom Jaynes, Durham Technical Community College
Al McMahill, Durham Public Schools
Jennifer Meade, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
Ann Oshel, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
Gudrun Parmer, Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center
David Reese, East Durham Children's Initiative
Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, El Centro Hispano
Sue Roche, McKinney
Rick Sheldahl, Durham Public Schools
Lorraine Taylor, Juvenile Justice Institute
Pamela Thorpe Young, N.C. Central University
Stacey Wilson-Norman, Durham Public Schools
Alexandra Zagbayou, Student U

Executive Director
Meredythe Holmes

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