February 2017 News from PYO

Keeping an annual MLK Day tradition of civic duty through volunteering, PYO students (from left to right) LaMon Jones, Jem Rahlan and Norma Reyes talk with parents and children visiting Kids Voting Durham’s “I Have a Dream” booth at Northgate Mall. These, along with several other students, helped young visitors draw out their personal dreams for the city, nation and world. PYO youth, mentors and staff also spent the day volunteering at The Scrap Exchange, Threshold Clubhouse and SEEDS.

Appreciating PYO Employers

Employer Luncheon Appreciates and Informs

About 40 people, most long-time employers with PFY, YO:Durham and now PYO listen to the successes and challenges of the partnerships these past three years.

PYO recently held its annual Employer Appreciation Lunch at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church’s Soul Cafe. Each January the organization gathers together internship supervisors and partnering businesses to give an update on the state of our workforce development programming.
Since the merger in 2014, some significant facts to come out of the event include:

  • 40+ employer community partners with an average relationship of at least 4 years.
  • 99 total internships granted.
  • 85 percent of partner employers agree to act as student references after their internship ended and 90 percent agreed to take on a new intern afterward.
  • 85 percent of student interns said during exit interviews, surveys or testimonials that they found their internships helpful or valuable and that it shaped their future career plans or goals.
  • About 30 percent of student interns found jobs within 6 months of finishing the internship and of these, 60 percent still worked one year after completing a PYO internship.
  • More than $20,000 saved for higher education by interning students in the past 18 months.

With summer training already in the works, businesses, students and staff are all looking forward to another strong year.

Test Prep and Duke Tutoring Returns

Student ACT Preparation Underway

Ihsana D. takes a break with her community-based tutor Derek Skeen.

ACT testing for high school juniors will take place on Feb. 21.
Due to last year’s success in preparing PYO students for the exam, the organization once again has been hosting its ACT test prep for students on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Lyon Park business room. It was required that students attend at least 4 out of the 5 study session with the intentions of familiarizing students with the exam’s format and also strategies they can use to tackle it. According to the College Foundation of North Carolina, for first-time undergraduate admissions to a UNC institution an average ACT composite score of 17 is needed.

Also, after a semester off, students in need of additional academic help will find that tutoring has returned to Duke University’s East Campus at GA Down Under. Tutoring for freshman and sophomore students takes place on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and for upperclassmen on Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

PYO students, mentors and volunteers give some of their MLK holiday to Threshold Clubhouse.

Give While Shopping

PYO Now Registered with AmazonSmile

If you shop with Amazon and want to support PYO at the same time, there is now an opportunity to do so. PYO is registered with AmazonSmile, a quick and easy way to give each time you shop.

Go to smile.amazon.com to buy the same products at the same prices and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the cost to Partners for Youth Opportunity. On your first visit to AmazonSmile simply select PYO as your charity of choice and when you shop products marked “Elgible for AmazonSmile donation” your donation will be made.

To learn more about AmazonSmile click here.

Meet Bob Newlin

Our Volunteer in the Spotlight

“He likes to serve his community with no expectations of receiving anything back.”
That is what people who have worked with Bob Newlin said about PYO’s treasurer.

In addition to keeping a watchful eye on PYO finances, Newlin also acts as treasurer for Durham Congregations in Action and sat on the YO:Durham advisory committee for many years.

A Tarheel and Blue Devil at heart, Newlin got his undergraduate degree in mathematics and radio, television and motion pictures from UNC-Chapel Hill. He followed this up with a doctorate from the university in psychology and also taught psychology at UNC for a time. Newlin has been a research fellow at Harvard’s Medical School and has also taught at the University of Colorado before transitioning to Duke where he worked in the Planning Office and as chief analyst and tech director for the Provost Office for twenty years.

Not only is he a dedicated husband and devoted father – Newlin is committed to our community and our youth. PYO is fortunate to have him on board.

Dates to Remember

PYO’s beloved Office Manager and Hispanic Community Liaison, Miriam Valle was recently named winner of the Steve Schewel Award. Bestowed
by the Indy Week, it is given to a community member under age 35 who has spent the past year making a difference in the local nonprofit scene. Click the picture to read her story.

Mon., Feb. 13 
Parent’s Meeting
Lyon Park
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Important summer plans for students

Wed., Feb. 15
Blue Cross Blue Shield Visit
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
We’re touring the new campus

Sat., Feb. 18
Girls’ Group
Lyon Park
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Writing collective is back!

Mon., Feb. 20 
Community Listening Session
Lyon Park
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Families share your thoughts on the elections

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