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Meet the Summer Interns

Meet the Summer Interns

In what has become a summer tradition, PYO has rolled out the welcome mat for the season’s interns. This year, two long-time PYO students, now sophomores in college, have returned to learn more about the ins and outs of the program beyond what they have experienced while

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Summer Career Academy Underway

Summer Career Academy Underway

After graduations are out of the way and the school year has ended, PYO summer workforce training begins to heat up. Our annual “summer school” that teaches teenagers real-world workplace skills that prepare them for internships begins June 19 and runs through June 28 at ReCity. The

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Yearlong Interns Scoring High on Evaluations

Yearlong Interns Scoring High on Evaluations

This past year’s school time changes requiring high school students to start and end the school day later forced PYO to make changes to our internship programming. Up until this past school year students were released early enough to work professional internships during the work week whose

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Senior Projects Added to Scholarship Process

Senior Projects Added to Scholarship Process

To help students to reflect and recognize their involvement with PYO over the years, for the first time ever, the organization tasked graduating seniors to document their experiences through some form of artistic medium. This could be a poem describing their internship, a song to their mentor,

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Julie Wells Delivers Keynote for Statewide Conference

Julie Wells Delivers Keynote for Statewide Conference

PYO staff members recently attended the North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administrators’ (NCAVA) Annual Statewide Conference in Black Mountain, N.C. As one of NCAVA’s organizational members for a couple of years, PYO finds the networking and professional sessions concerning volunteer management and administration helpful in its mission.

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News from PYO May 2017

News from PYO May 2017

New Office Hours for One-on-One Family Sessions For parents wondering about summer plans, requirements or just have general questions, PYO is clearing evening schedules the second Monday of each month for student/parent conferences. This is an opportunity for families to schedule intimate time to discuss with different

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Advocating for Immigrant Families

PYO believes that every Durham child should have the chance to make better life for themselves and their families – regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic or any other barrier. About a third of PYO families are immigrants from all over the globe and the organization has been

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March 2017 News from PYO

March 2017 News from PYO

Benefit Breakfast Draws a Crowd for PYO Fundraising It was an early morning last week that found a jam-packed room of attendants at PYO’s 10th Annual Benefit Breakfast fundraiser. The event raised $34,000 for the organization. Special guests and sponsors (including corporate, business and individuals) shared breakfast

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Meet Charlie Ebel

Meet Charlie Ebel

By Jenique Taylor, PYO MSW Intern Board member Charlie Ebel is an extremely capable communicator that has been helping guide PYO for a few years. He has acted as a spokesperson for a national nonprofit as well and created content for print and interactive media as well

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March 2017 Mentoring Highlight

March 2017 Mentoring Highlight

Whether it is formal or informal mentoring, research shows that the relationship has complimentary benefits. Mentors in informal relationships tend to provide encouragement to stay motivated and on the right path and help with youth development. Formal mentoring relationships, on the other hand, typically provide more academic

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