Happy Holidays from PYO!

Holiday Party

In case you missed it, it was a  packed house at PYO’s annual holiday party. Held at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, the former location of YO:Durham, this end-of-year celebration brings together students, mentors, community partners, donors, family and friends for an evening of fellowship and gratitude.

Students, friends and family stop celebrating for a moment to pose for group pictures at the holiday party.

Students, friends and family stop celebrating for a moment to pose for group pictures at the holiday party.

The event also gave PYO students a chance to meet supporters in the community that they may not otherwise gotten the chance to meet. PYO and students took this time to express thanks to mentors and community partners for support this year. We’d like to thank the many individual and following organizational donors for their gifts:

Thank You Donors!

This year would not have been a success without all of you!!

During the holiday gathering PYO students presented Sam Miglarese, Director of Community Engagement at Duke University, with a placard expressing thanks for Duke's office of Regional Affairs' gift of $18,000 to the organization.

During the holiday gathering PYO students presented Sam Miglarese, Director of Community Engagement at Duke University, with a placard expressing thanks for Duke’s office of Regional Affairs’ gift of $18,000 to the organization.

Giving Back

Though PYO makes it a habit to have students give back to the community that regularly shares with them, the holiday season is a particularly special time for students to have impact. This year students made approximately 40 glass angels to be given to donors during fundraising efforts for the 20th anniversary year of the
Augustine Literacy Project, a local venture that works to improve literacy skills of low-income children and teens.

Trey C., a PYO freshman student, creates glass angels at Christal Cerrone's Glass Design studio.

Trey C., a PYO freshman student, creates glass angels at Christal Cerrone’s Glass Design studio.

Other PYO service projects for the season included a stocking stuffing service event at Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer law firm, a toy exchange at the Lyon Park offices and another Lyon Park service project in which readiness kits were put together for local preschoolers.

Program Director Susan McCraw and PYO students chat with Wes Moore after his talk at Hillside with high school students and community citizens.

Program Director Susan McCraw and PYO students chat with Wes Moore after his talk at Hillside with high school students and community citizens.

Exploring Community

PYO spent a December afternoon at Hillside High School listening to veteran, Army Captain and author Wes Moore speak on his life and his experiences writing his book “The Other Wes Moore.” The book relates the real-life story of the paths Moore and another man from his Baltimore neighborhood, named Wes Moore, took that led one to a successful military career and a family life and the other to life in prison. Moore shared with students that they cannot “make it on their own” and that quick bad choices could affect them for a lifetime.

During a job site visit and a stocking stuffing service learning project at a law firm, PYO students got to work with legendary basketball coach and ESPN announcer Bucky Waters. Waters served as head coach for West Virginia and Duke Universities during the 1960s and 1970s and has a record of 133-96 and several post-season appearances.

During a job site visit and a stocking stuffing service learning project at a law firm, PYO students got to work with legendary basketball coach and ESPN announcer Bucky Waters. Waters served as head coach for West Virginia and Duke Universities during the 1960s and 1970s and has a record of 133-96 and several post-season appearances.

Students also spent time at local job sites, in particular Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer where founding attorney Malvern King shared words of wisdom for students seeking a future career in law or criminal justice. King’s simple advice for students, “make good grades and study hard.”

New matches Rob L. and Emanuel J. take part in a mentor/mentee scavenger hunt conducted at the PYO holiday gathering.

New matches Rob L. and Emanuel J. take part in a mentor/mentee scavenger hunt conducted at the PYO holiday gathering.

Congratulations to…

Our newest mentor matches Rob and Emanuel and Jessica and Antoinique!!

Mark Your Calendars:

  • January 13 — Tutoring returns to Duke at GA Down under
  • January 19 — MLK Day of Service at N.C. Mutual and Duke Memorial United Methodist Church
  • January 28 — Alston and Byrd job site visit

PYO wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season and joy and prosperity in the New Year!!

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