Meet the Summer Interns

Anthony Carr

In what has become a summer tradition, PYO has rolled out the welcome mat for the season’s interns. This year, two long-time PYO students, now sophomores in college, have returned to learn more about the ins and outs of the program beyond what they have experienced while another volunteered with the organization more than a year ago.


Anthony Carr is a rising sophomore at Fayetteville State University studying Business Management and wants to learn more of the business aspect of programming. He’s been with PYO for almost three years and has enjoyed every second of it.

“The reason I’m with PYO is because I enjoy giving back to the same city I grew up in.” Carr Said. A workaholic by nature, Carr puts forth all his time and effort in whatever task he has at hand.

Lilly Burr

Lily Burr is a rising junior at American University studying Public Health with hopes to pursue a career in social work and health outreach. This summer will be her second time working as an intern at PYO where she will be until July when she leaves to study abroad for six months.

“Working at PYO in the past was an extremely beneficial experience for me that helped solidify my passion for equity and social mobility among adolescents and young adults in all aspects of society. I am excited to continue working with PYO this summer,” she said.


Teona Meek

Teona Meek is a rising sophomore at Appalachian State University studying Interior Design and has been a part of PYO since 2012. She is the oldest of three with a family quite active with the organization. She has a brother who is also in the program and a mom who provides transportation for PYO tutoring students. She is also one of the oldest students in the program.

“I remember the good old times,” Meek said. “I loved all the car washes, back to school parties and volunteering around Durham and want to be a part of it still.”

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson moved to North Carolina last summer to study theology at Duke Divinity School and is serving as an intern for PYO and Durham Congregations in Action this summer. All of his hobbies revolve around food – he loves cooking, farming, gardening, hunting and eating. He also loves to hang out with his wife Arianne, reading and getting into “nerdily esoteric conversations.”

Most of all, Aaron loves Durham and is always excited to find new ways to serve his new city. “I’m here to help PYO with communication and informational systems,” he said.

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