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Happy Almost Thanksgiving

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as a part of the PYO family. We hope your Thanksgiving holiday is a special one.

Late last month, PYO staff and students took the usual early-release day trip to a professional job site. The group visited, Alston & Bird Law Firm in Research Triangle Park where our students got to listen to a panel of women professionals who offered advice on how to find a successful career and how to balance life once a career is underway.

Late last month, PYO staff and students took the usual early-release day trip to a professional job site. The group visited, Alston & Bird Law Firm in Research Triangle Park where our students got to listen to a panel of women professionals who offered advice on how to find a successful career and how to balance life once a career is underway.

Touring UNC-Pembroke

PYO staff and students recently visited the campus of UNC-Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C. Students stopped by the Museum of Southeast American Indians where they viewed a docuseries concerning the American Indian Lumbee Tribe. They also checked out museum exhibits including a log cabin, a one thousand-year-old canoe found on the Lumbee River, American Indian clothing and dozens of other artifacts.
UNC-Pembroke
After touring the museum, students met with their UNC-P tour guide who pointed out everything on campus from dorms, to classrooms, to the athletic facility and cafeteria. Students picked up extra knowledge about the University, the town of Pembroke and the Lumbee Tribe through a scavenger hunt designed by Ms. Dosali. Students also got the chance to meet with an university admissions officer who answered pointed questions about the best way to gain admittance.

Several students that attended said they’re inspired to apply for the fall and are already working on gathering test scores!

Interns Making Impacts on Durham Community

PYO works hard to make students feel they are engaging with the community and can make a difference. This civic engagement can empower youth, particularly those that are disengaged, and help them to realize that they are indeed productive citizens.

Durham VOICE Teen Editor Natasha Graham delivers papers to Los Primos grocery store on Alston Ave. Photo courtesy of Jock Lauterer

Durham VOICE Teen Editor Natasha Graham delivers papers to Los Primos grocery store on Alston Ave.
Photo courtesy of Jock Lauterer

This autumn Natasha Graham and Juliana H. have been reaching out to the community in different ways. After interning with the publication through PYO last year, Natasha is the teen editor for the Durham VOICE community newspaper and in addition to writing thought-provoking commentary, she meets readers face-to-face when delivering the paper.

Juliana H. was "super" working Kids Voting Durham's Superhero voting party at the Durham County Library. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Kreuger

Juliana H. was “super” working Kids
Voting Durham’s Superhero voting party at the Durham County Library.
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Kreuger

“I’ve learned that everyone has a story and it is important to interact with the people around you,” Graham said. “You never know, you may become inspired by this person’s story. I’ve learned that when the interview is done, you will take away something more than just another news story.”

Juliana has been working for Kids Voting Durham this school year and has primarily been tasked in helping with early voting and getting voting materials together for area schools.

With election season upon us, Juliana has been exceptionally busy.

“She ran the Kids Voting all by herself and charmed every single last kid who came through the library doors into voting,” said Carolyn Kreuger, Juliana’s supervisor at KVD.

“She did a really great bilingual reading of Duck for President/Pata Para Presidente with the Durham County children’s librarian for our crowd of almost 100,” she said.

The organization has a great deal of confidence in both young ladies and all our students in general. We look forward to them pushing ahead in their endeavors.

College Application Party Approaching

NCCU students Eric O'Neal (right) and Roland Givens (left) help mentor Yusuf S. (middle) by answering questions he asks about college courses and undergraduate life.

NCCU students Eric O’Neal (right) and Roland Givens (left) help mentor Yusuf S. (middle) by answering questions he asks about college courses and undergraduate life.

November is the month that high school students are advised to start tackling college applications.

This means test scores have to be located, essays need to be finalized and scholarship opportunities must be examined.

To help with the stress that comes with applying for college, PYO is hosting a college application party Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lyon Park. All PYO seniors are encouraged to come out and receive one-on-one attention, time and support as they work on applications for admittance to institutions of their choice.

Food will be provided by Jimmy John’s. For more information call the PYO office at 919.536.4230 or contact Adam or Ms. Dosali.

Tutoring Highlight

Tong Xu is on his second year tutoring PYO students Tuesdays and Thursdays on Duke's East Campus. Photo courtesy of Dosali Reed-Bandele

Tong Xu is on his second year tutoring PYO students Tuesdays and Thursdays on Duke’s East Campus.
Photo courtesy of Dosali Reed-Bandele

Tutors are community partners that allow PYO to connect youth to opportunities they might not otherwise have. They have a big impact on our students’ success in their academics.

Tong Xu is a Duke chemistry major graduating next spring. A native of Queens, N.Y., he currently tutors two PYO students, a senior graduating next year and a freshman. He came to PYO looking for a way to get involved with his community and has been with the organization ever since.

Xu is passionate about helping people and is heavily invested in AIDS research which he’s been involved with for seven years. He loves playing basketball, climbing and educating people.

“After graduation I want to take a gap year to do research and then it’s off to medical school,” Xu said.

PYO staff and students are all grateful for tutors like Tong Xu. The organization would not be what it is without folks like him.

Dates To Remember

Tues. Nov. 3 – Kids Voting Event
Durham County Main Library 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join Julie and Koonce as we help Kids Voting Durham pull off another event educating local kids about government.

Wed. Nov. 4 – College Application Party
Lyon Park 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 7 – Student Wellness Group

Lyon Park 1 p.m.

PYO’s ongoing series in which students learn more about healthy living including eating, being active, recognizing depression and other mental health issues as well as understanding healthy relationships.

Mon. Nov. 9 – Parent’s Meeting

Lyon Park 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Robert Polanco from the Emily K Center will give information to families about college enrollment for first generation immigrants who may face obstacles due to status or documentation.

Sat. Nov. 14 – Langley Garden Workday

Lyon Park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mentor and mentee pairs join Adam at the Langley Garden down the street from Lyon Park as we work to put the community garden to rest until the spring. Contact Adam for more information.

Wed. Nov. 18 – Blue Cross Blue Shield Job Site Visit

Lyon Park 1:30 p.m.
DPS early release day in which we will visit our friends at the BCBS campus to learn more about what they do.

Wed. Nov. 25 to Sun. Nov. 29 – PYO office is closed for the holiday!

Tues. Dec. 1 – Giving Tuesday

Lyon Park 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

is our annual Holiday event. Students, parents, mentors, volunteers, job site supervisors are encouraged to join us for dinner and celebrating the gifts we can offer each other and the greater community.

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