City of Durham selects Eckert Youth Alternatives to manage youth workforce development services

October 30, 2017
Durham offers a wide range of services that help young people prepare for and connect with careers.

The City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has selected Eckert Youth Alternatives to manage its youth program, NextGen, which offers eligible young people ages 16-24 plan for, prepare and connect with career opportunities in high-demand fields.

The contract will run through June 30, 2018, with the option to renew for another year.

Eckert will provide the 14 youth program elements offered by OEWD under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program, which funds the City’s core workforce development services. Those elements range from career readiness and placement services to tutoring and instruction, GED services, mentoring, summer employment and skills training to supportive services and entrepreneurial training.

NextGen is the new name of the WIOA youth program, formerly known as Youth Employed and Succeeding (YES) program. All 24 workforce regions in the state have adopted the name NextGen to unify their WIOA programs.

For more information about connecting to services, contact James Dickens at or (919) 560-4965 ext. 15217.


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