A New Year

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

Global Law Firm Donates Comfort and Joy

Claudine Woods shares gifts for students from Alston and Bird.

Claudine Woods shares gifts for students from Alston and Bird.

More than a year ago, PYO developed a running partnership with the Research Triangle-based law firm Alston and Bird LLP. As we truck students over to their offices for job site visits to learn more about law careers, the firm’s attorneys, IT professionals and office administrator, Claudine Woods, host panels to answer student questions and to give/share experiences and advice. Alston and Bird has also recently been an integral partner with Summer Career Academy in helping students put together professional grade resumes as they gear up for internship interviews.

Program Director Adam Barnard is excited to show Alston & Bird's gift to student Jem R.

Program Director Adam Barnard is excited to show Alston & Bird’s gift to student Jem R.

PYO recently put out a call to the community for holiday donations to make the season brighter for our students that needed it the most. Woods and the good people at Alston and Bird came through with backpacks full of toiletries, hats, gloves, blankets, snacks and other items that help make this time of year a little more comfort for local kids. In addition, several other individual community members including board and committee members and regular citizens dropped off gift cards for students to shop for additional needs.

Thanks to everyone that gave this year and helped to teach PYO students the true meaning of the season. The gesture hasn’t been ignored by students who are appreciative. In the words of high school senior, Jem R., “it’s amazing that people are still this good.”

Look for PYO’s new monthly column in the Durham Herald, beginning Sunday, January 3, with an article about PYO’s relationship with Alston and Bird!

MLK Day Volunteer Opportunities Abound

Alex T. adds oil to pasta being cooked for the needy during PYO and Evolve Mentoring's MLK Day of Service last year

Alex T. adds oil to pasta being cooked for the needy during PYO and Evolve Mentoring’s MLK Day of Service last year

Any day is a good day to teach students the value of giving back to their community but there may be no better day than Martin Luther King Jr. Day to conduct community service.

In keeping with the day of service, this year PYO staff, mentors, volunteers and students will be conducting several different service projects all over Durham. Service projects will begin the morning of Monday, Jan. 18 and include the following volunteer sites:

  • SEEDS
  • Threshold Clubhouse
  • TROSA
  • Making Sandwiches for Urban Ministries
  • MLK Day March with Rev. Warren Herndon

For more details, please RSVP with Adam by Monday, Jan. 11. Send to [email protected].

Susan McCraw Providing College Student Support

When Susan McCraw retired from PYO at the start of the summer, many of us knew she would not be able to stay away for long.

Susan McCraw has returned.

Susan McCraw has returned.

Now she’s back by providing support for our many high school seniors that have now transitioned to college life as freshman this year. In addition to helping the organization with college workshops that help students plan, prepare for and take proper testing for the best scores possible, apply for admission and financial aid, Susan is also the point-woman that checks in with students to make sure their getting by successfully in their first college year.

Susan is providing support by making sure students are in touch with their college advisors and signing up for the correct classes as well as directing them to people and places that can help with any issues that may arise. Perhaps most importantly, Susan is that familiar, friendly face or voice that our students can turn to give them a sense of comfort, support and home.

Recognizing Lily

Lily Burr has been a PYO hero this December.

Lily Burr has been a PYO hero this December.

For folks that have been involved with PYO for a while, it’s usually only a matter of time before their families jump on board also.

That’s the story for Lily Burr who’s mother, Angela, who served as PYO board member and now as a mentor.
Lily is a freshman majoring in education at American University and came home to N.C. for the holidays. With extra time to give, Lily offered to volunteer at the PYO office by performing data input, checking file accuracy and running errands.

Lily has been a true gift for PYO staff who are grateful for her promptness and genuine caring attitude about our students. We’re thrilled that she’s planning on returning to help out with Summer Career Academy. And thank you Angela for sending her our way!

For upcoming events – check out our January calendar.

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