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Ways you can be a part of PYO

Do you have a desire to connect with PYO that does not fit into one of the categories listed below? If so, please contact us! PYO is looking for volunteers to give presentations, host workshops, and serve on board committees. If you have a skill, expertise, or resource that might benefit our students, let’s talk.

Be a PYO Student

You might be a good candidate for PYO if you:

  • Have a desire to graduate from high school on-time, attend college, and have a rewarding career
  • Want assistance and support from adult role-models who can help you reach your goals
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch or Medicaid
  • Are a child of a first-generation immigrant
  • Have an environmental or home risk factor
  • Have a parent previously or currently incarcerated

Learn more and get the application

Be a PYO Tutor

PYO is looking for Duke students who want to help 14-18 year old Durham students succeed in high school and move into college. As part of a 4 person team of mentors that move students through the obstacles they face, Duke tutors are often cited as the most important part of PYO programming.

Duke tutors are paired with students based on the subjects students find challenging and that tutors feel comfortable tutoring. This semester we are meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lyon Park Community Center for 2 sessions from 3:15-4:30 and 4:30-6:00 p.m. We are looking for tutors who can commit one or both days. Transportation will be available from East Campus.
In addition to the application, tutors must attend an orientation and pass a background check.

PYO students come to tutoring ready to work. They take advantage of the time you are donating and you will see the difference in their grades! Easily one of the best things you will do during your years in college…

For more information, contact Susan McCraw, Program Coordinator, at 919-641-0485 or by email [email protected]
Learn more and apply now

Be a Mentor

You might be a good mentor if you:

  • Desire to work with youth who need a dependable, caring adult
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Are able to commit to at least 4-hours per month
  • Are willing to be sensitive to factors that put youth at risk
  • Are interested in collaborating with like-minded adult mentors

Learn more and get the application

Be an Employer

Your workplace might be a good internship site if:

  • Your company’s management is interested in preparing youth to be successful in the world of work
  • Your company is adaptable and flexible and open to new ways of doing business
  • Your workplace culture values social responsibility and corporate citizenship
  • Your company values a diverse workforce, a talent pipeline, opportunities for professional development, and employee retention.

Contact us for employer opportunities