Education-to-Career Research Project

Made in Durham’s Youth Network is recruiting volunteers for a research project on how Durham Public Schools (DPS) prepares students for career success.

The Youth Network will conduct five focus group sessions from Feb. 29-March 11.

They seek 18 participants for each of five focus group categories: DPS high school students, high school teachers, high school counselors, parents of high school students and staff from postsecondary institutions in Durham.

The Youth Network will analyze the results of the focus groups and use what they learn to recommend ways the community can better equip Durham’s young people for life and career success.

You can help:

  • Sign up to participate in a focus group AND/OR
  • Alert anyone else you know who might be interesting in participating.

To participate in a focus group, please register as soon as possible

Focus Group Schedule

  • Monday, Feb. 29, 5-6:30 p.m., for DPS high school teachers.
  • Thursday, March 3, 5-6:30 p.m., for DPS high school counselors.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 5-6:30 p.m., for parents of DPS high school students.
  • Thursday, March 10, 5-6:30 p.m., for DPS high school students.
  • Friday, March 11, 3-4:30 p.m., for faculty and staff of Durham Tech.


Contact Joshua Mbanusi
Made in Durham Youth Engagement Strategist

Made in Durham’s Youth Network consists of young people ages 14-24 who are connected to every facet of the Made in Durham partnership. They provide a critical youth perspective and voice for partners who are creating an education-to-career system that will enable every young person in our community to graduate from high school, obtain a postsecondary credential and secure meaningful work by age 25.

To participate in a focus group, please register as soon as possible.

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