Summer 2017
News and information for partners creating Durham's education-to-work system Made in Durham | Get Involved
Alternative schools graduate 125 young adults
Graduates of four Durham alternative schools walked across the stage in May and June to receive high school diplomas or GED certificates thanks to the efforts of Made in Durham's Durham Futures partners and a range of academic and social supports. READ MORE
Partners in Action
OPINION: Lack of counseling and racial barriers can block students' success
A Made in Durham op ed published in the June 20 edition of the News and Observer affirms findings from its recent investigative series, Counted Out.
Made in Durham Board approves FY 2018 work plan
Racial equity, student advising and data systems to evaluate and inform interventions emerge as priorities for the partnership as it seeks to build an effective education-to-career system. READ MORE
New DPS racial equity director hosts community conversation
Dr. Kelvin Bullock shares his vision for equity, hears community concerns and discusses potential solutions. READ MORE
DPS Scholars-at-Work program sends students to work for Spring Break
CTE places 29 high school students in Research Triangle Park companies with grant funding from AW North Carolina. READ MORE
NCCU awards first Ph.D.s in 50 years
Three students received doctoral degrees in integrated biosciences at the university's 2017 graduation ceremony. READ MORE
Made in Durham receives Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant
A $5,000 grant recognizes the partnership's impact in promoting economic mobility. READ MORE
Achievement Academy launches new website and summer school fundraising campaign
Community volunteers design and host the site and support an effort to raise $60,000 to operate the alternative school's summer school program. READ MORE
East Durham Children's Initiative wins two-year GSK grant
The Made in Durham partner nonprofit will use the grant to expand its Youth Leadership Council and engage its members in developing community-based health interventions in east Durham. READ MORE
TBJ names Anita Brown-Graham 2017 CEO of the Year
The Made in Durham board member was earlier recognized by former President Barack Obama as a "Champion of Change" for her work at the Institute for Emerging Issues. READ MORE
Durham Public Schools must tackle bias to bridge racial achievement gap, school admin says
The Herald Sun | May 26, 2017
The Power of Career- and Employer-Focused Training and Education Investing in Entry-Level Talent
While many companies accept high entry-level turnover as a cost of doing business, some companies are changing that reality by investing in the retention and advancement of their entry-level talent and through impact hiring. READ THE REPORT
OP ED: Black and brown boys don't need to learn "grit," they need schools to stop being racist
The Hechinger Report | May 2, 2017
Growth Mindset According to the Jedi
The KnowledgeWorks | May 4, 2017
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, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll, Vice Chair
Al Siemens, FHI Foundation, Treasurer
Andrea Harris, Self-Help, Secretary

Johnson Akinleye, Interim 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
aWilliam 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
Alisa McLean, Durham Public Schools
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
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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