December News & Warm Wishes

Northern High School graduating senior Bruce W. and PYO Academic Director Dosali Reed-Bandele share a laugh after he completes his FASFA at the Senior Night Application Party during November’s College Application Week. With help from PYO college advisor Amy Daubert and ten volunteers, 11more seniors completed financial aid or college applications for fall 2017. More than 40 colleges were applied to including UNC-Greensboro, N.C. Central University, N.C. A & T, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Central Piedmont Community College.

GO Triangle Tour an Eye Opener

Darrick Harris, GO Triangle’s vanpool maintenance supervisor, guides students through the bus operations facility.

Whether you remember public transportation as the Triangle Transit, Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) or by its newest name, GO Triangle, there is more to the region’s mass transit system than driving busses.

This is what students discovered on the most recent job site visit to GO Triangle’s operations and administrative facilities in Research Triangle Park. Students toured and visited the maintenace areas, bus operations and spoke with dispatchers as well as sat in on a Q & A panel with company IT, communications, planning and engineering specialists. In addition students learned about the many employment positions available such as lawyers, real estate agents, mechanics and drivers.
Job site visits are ways to introduce students to fields and industries that may pique interests, reveal what a day on the job is like or provide blueprints of skills and education needed to obtain the position.
This was PYO’s eleventh and final job site visit for 2016.

Students Spread Youth Voter Knowledge

Ximena H. helps Kids Voting Durham film a promotional video for Election Day.

Almost each election season PYO students sign up to volunteer with Kids Voting Durham to teach even younger children the significance of voting and the act of filling out a ballot at the Main Library’s polling site downtown.

One of the busier locations in the county, the Main Library poll site saw constant foot traffic this past Election Day. Several PYO students as well as staff helped more than 50 kids understand the ballot and gave out “I Voted” stickers after their “vote” was cast.

Carolyn Kreuger with Kids Voting said her organization received massive positive feedback about PYO’s volunteering at the site and people were impressed with their welcoming attitudes and surprising election knowledge.

Look to see students back at the library vote site when elections roll around again.

Giving Tuesday Potluck Builds Bonds

Workforce development volunteer consultant Dan Brenner speaks with student Alex T. about plans after graduation at the potluck party.

This season’s Giving Tuesday saw about 30 students and their family members spending the evening chatting and feasting at the potluck dinner held at ReCity. A PFY/YO:Durham tradition dating back to the ’90s, the annual holiday meal is a way for students and families to bond with staff and other families in the organization.

Many PYO students look at the organization as a sorority/fraternity with friends they will be able to call on years into the future. Attendees played games like “identify this student,” took pictures and caught up with each other on what has been happening the past few months.

PYO’s next gathering will be March’s annual benefit breakfast.

Alston & Bird Providing Comfort and Joy

For the second year in a row RTP’s Alston and Bird law firm employees got together to sponsor 20 PYO students for this holiday season. Alisa Eiven (left), Claudine Woods (center) and Cheryl Naja (right) spent an entire morning shopping for essential winter gear like hats, socks and gloves, toiletries, sheets, pillows, towels, food and even umbrellas for our most needy students. The gratitude felt by the staff and students receiving the gift simply cannot be put into words.

Dates to Remember

At new mentor training Tarra Finney (left) and Ana Corral (right) point out the mentor campfire metaphor in which youth move parents and other authority figures to the outside of their circles and let peers and media in. Mentors are often granted special access to listen in on the circle.

Holiday Girl’s Group

Wed., Dec. 21 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lyon Park
We’re pampering ourselves and making homemade gifts!
 
PYO Office Closed
Thurs., Dec. 22Mon. Jan. 2
Family Check-in 
Mon., Jan. 2 Noon
ReCity
College students, let’s catch up! Bring family – lunch provided!
 
Parent’s Meeting
Mon., Jan. 9 6 p.m.
Lyon Park
We’re discussing PYO plans and activities for 2017.
MLK Day of Service
Day starts at 9 a.m.
Our annual custom of giving back to Durham.
 
Tutoring Resumes
Tues., Jan. 17 3 p.m.
GA Down Under @ Duke
 
Raleigh College Tour
Mon., Jan. 23 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
We’re going to N.C. State, Meredith College 
and Wake Tech.
 
Intern Employer Luncheon
Tues., Jan. 24 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Duke Memorial Church
Employers let us thank you for all you’ve done
for Durham youth and discuss how we can improve
in 2017.
 
West End Teen Focus Group
Wed., Jan. 25 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Lyon Park Kitchen
Students help Lyon Park figure out how to 
be more teen-friendly!
 
Girl’s Group
Sat., Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
We’ll be working on a community service project.

Season’s greetings to you and yours!