Fall News from PYO

Dear PYO Community,

Here is an update of happenings the past few weeks:

Introducing Desali and Bernard

Desali Reed-Bandele

Desali Reed-Bandele

We are thrilled to introduce our new academic coordinator member, Desali Reed-Bandele, to the PYO family.

Reed-Bandele, whose daughter Nandi has been involved with the organization for years, will be working with students, teachers and families to identify students’ academic needs.

Bernard Mitchell

Bernard Mitchell

Bernard Mitchell is our PYO graduate student intern this year. Mitchell, a Wilson, N.C. native, is a second-year Master’s of Social Work  student at N.C. Central University. He will be supporting the academic component of our program, including help with tutoring, group projects and help with outreach to families.

“I like the stability aspect of PYO and the ability to provide the extra push for students needing that push,” Mitchell said. “Working here let’s me see what is happening in the community and to see how nonprofits engage it.”

Summer Career Readiness Translates into Fall Internships

Self-Help's Patricia Walker conducts an interview with PYO students Lamon Jones (left) and Christian Frasier (right).

Self-Help’s Patricia Walker conducts an interview with PYO students Lamon Jones (left) and Christian Frasier (right).

After a summer of intense preparation, including resume writing, career exploration and developing workplace skills, PYO students have spent the past weeks interviewing with potential employers in the community for their chance to learn about the workforce through internships.

Students were tasked with the responsibility of contacting employers of their choice to schedule interviews and to follow-up. After discussions with employers and students, students were matched with internships that best fit their future career goals and interests. Most began to work immediately after Labor Day.

Student Internships Off with a Bang!

PYO student Aniyah Matthews (right) is spending the year interning with Dr. Gail Belvett, DDS, at Southpoint Dentistry. Here Matthews works with Sade Liles, financial coordinator.

PYO student Aniyah Matthews (right) is spending the year interning with Dr. Gail Belvett, DDS, at Southpoint Dentistry. Here Matthews works with Sade Liles, financial coordinator.

In keeping with a YO:Durham tradition, PYO is grateful to community employers allowing students the chance to receive work experience through internships.

As long as grades remain strong, students are allowed to work up to 8 hours weekly from now through May. The purpose is to allow students the chance to taste the working world as well as to continue developing workplace skills that will be vital to their future success.

PYO would like to thank all of our employer partners for their continuing dedication to the community and our youth. This year’s employers or potential employers include:

  • Duke Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • MDC
  • Southpoint Family Dentistry
  • Self-Help Credit Union
  • Durham Economic Resource Center
  • Democracy North Carolina
  • Lincoln Community Health Center
  • The Durham VOICE
  • Core Catering
  • BUMP the Triangle
  • Bright Horizons Child Care
  • Bambino’s Play School
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Kramden Institute

New Mentor Training Model Rolled Out

PYO has entered a relationship with local mentoring training organization, GO:Mentor, based in Durham. GO:Mentor provides mentoring training for Triangle area mentors including those working in public schools, organizations like the Boys and Girls club and other groups invested in youth mentoring.

Carmen Flores (center) a year-long PYO volunteer and former Duke graduate student spends the day with students Samantha Trejo (left) and Serina Aiken (right).

Carmen Flores (center) a year-long PYO volunteer and former Duke graduate student spends the day with students Samantha Trejo (left) and Serina Aiken (right).

GO:Mentor will train PYO mentors in a “classroom” environment through hands-on activities. Mentors working with GO:Mentor come from all walks of life and range in mentoring experience from several decades to only a few months.

Mentors meet one day four times a year for several hours to gain advice and to learn the dos and don’ts of mentoring as well as their  role in a child’s life.

“What do I do if my student is failing a subject?” “How do I intervene in a personal issue in my student’s life?”

These are all questions that GO:Mentor addresses during training.

PYO is grateful to be able to draw from GO:Mentor’s expertise through training and ongoing follow-ups with its mentors.

PYO on Path to Adopt Morehead Avenue

PYO students Isabel Velazquez (left) and Nandi Reed-Bandele (right) work with Nandi's mentor, Kayla Hicken (middle) during a recent neighborhood clean-up.

PYO students Isabel Velazquez (left) and Nandi Reed-Bandele (right) work with Nandi’s mentor, Kayla Hicken (middle) during a recent neighborhood clean-up.

Staying dedicated to its mission in the West End, PYO is working with the nonprofit organization Keep Durham Beautiful in its efforts to clean up the community.

PYO will be conducting monthly “sweeps” in order to “adopt” a stretch of Morehead Avenue, near the Lyon Park offices,  for Keep Durham Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Street program.

Not only is this activity intended to  keep students and mentors engaged with each other and the program, but it also allows students to take meaningful, active roles in their community.

And congratulations to Philand Alex, Kayla and Nandi and Brianna and Julissa — our latest mentoring matches!!

Tutoring Schedule

Tutoring is being held at Lyon Park Community Center.

After-school tutoring for students is underway. PYO is continually looking for viable tutors to help. If you are interested in volunteering for tutoring or know someone interested in tutoring, please contact Susan at919-641-0485.
PYO Tutoring Schedule
While transportation from school is provided for students, they must arrange for transportation home. Limited spots on the van can be made in advance for those who do not have transportation options. Please contact Susan if transportation is needed.

Our van driving for tutoring this year is Deirdre Wright. She will pick students up on the following schedule:

Tuesdays:

  • 2:35 p.m. Hillside
  • 2:45 p.m. Jordan
  • 4:10 p.m. DSA

Thursdays:

  • 2:25 p.m. Voyager Academy
  • 2:40 p.m. Northern
  • 2:50 p.m. Riverside
  • 4:05 p.m. Downtown Bus Terminal

All students must wear seat belts while on the van!!

October Calendar and Dates to Remember

Oct. 15 – Internship site visits.Transportation available from school on this early release day. Students call or text to sign up.  All students are expected to attend several of these opportunities.

Oct. 25 – PYO Retreat 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Clear your calendar to come with us. Mentors are invited, too.

Here is a link to the complete October calendar

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