News from PYO August 2017

Local restaurateur and owner of the Angus Barn, Steve Thanhauser spoke to students during Summer Career Academy workforce training at ReCity. Thanhauser shared his experiences running one of the nation’s most popular steakhouses, the best characteristics that an excellent employee owns and what keeps guests coming back – a big smile with “teeth” and a firm handshake.

Summer Programming Pushing Prosperity

Recent research from Prosperity Now, a national organization working to ensure everyone has a chance to prosper, finds some sobering messages concerning the American economy.

The 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard is finding that while prosperity is taking some workers to a better economic situation, due to an unpredictable environment, many others are being left behind. While unemployment is down to about pre-recession levels, “there has not been an accompanying increase in the number of quality jobs-those that pay enough to cover the bills and enable workers to save for the future.”

Read more on this story here.

PYO College Students Deliver Workforce Training Modules

Yusuf Shah, a PYO sophomore at UNC-Pembroke uses tying shoe laces as an example to teach students the importance of effective communication.

In collaboration with StepUp Durham, PYO took a different approach to summer workforce training this year by inviting students who have been through Summer Career Academy training to return and pass on the lessons they’ve learned by teaching modules.

Five current college students returned to Durham and ReCity to work with younger students teaching modules concerning subjects like strategic planning, filling out applications and resumes, elevator speeches, communication, interview techniques and dress as well as workplace advocacy.

Avia Dolberry taught two of the modules and said the experience was memorable.
“Never had I ever been challenged to create an itinerary and lead a group like this,” she said. “Leading a discussion to guide avid job-seekers in workforce development and facilitate mock interviews was a big break for me. I felt qualified, entrusted and well-versed.”

Youth Makes Impact on Local Business

The past couple of summers, PYO has had a student enroll in N.C. Central University’s Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy through the School of Business. In partnership with the Executive Leadership Council, SYBEA students receive business training and exposes them to higher education through a scholarship covering attendance costs as well as room and board.
Rising high school freshman Samori R. attended this summer’s academy and took part in a business plan development team competition case study in which students developed business plans for a new idea.

Interns Help Community at Farmers Market

Students Daniela, Kadejah and Chamiya are glad to help at the Veggie Valet tent at the Durham Farmers Market.
Photo courtesy of Durham Farmers Market

The Durham Farmers Market has embarked on a new community collaboration initiative with PYO called Veggie Valet. The idea came about when Mary Yost, market manager, and Molly Vaughan, assistant market manager, approached the youth organization with the idea of having interning teens help market guests having trouble transporting their groceries to their vehicles due to all of the downtown parking changes.

PYO youth staff the valet tent, located by the ATM near the corners of Foster and Hunt Streets. Guests carrying too many bags to walk can drop their produce off at the Veggie Valet where interns will tag them with the owners name and carry the bags to vehicles after they pull back up to the tent.
Visit the Veggie Valet at the Farmers Market Saturday mornings beginning at 7:30 a.m. through October.

Welcome Back Shay Kimzey

Shay Kimzey

PYO’s newest staff member is actually not so new after all.

Shay Kimzey began as a summer intern with the organization two years ago. After recently graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Master’s in Social Justice Education, Kimzey returned to her Triangle roots.
As an educator, media-maker and communications practitioner originally from Raleigh, Kimzey said interning at PYO is where she “always felt the most seen as a young person.”
“PYO is hands down the most impactful place I have ever worked, where each student gets a variety of resources and opportunities based on their interests,” she said. “Reach out to me about financial literacy, health literacy, tutoring, job sites, mentoring, or community engagement. I liaison between all the programs.”

Dates to Remember

Jay Woods, manager of California Pizza Kitchen at Southpoint Mall, gives students a tour of the “back of the house” during a July job site visit. For many students attending, this was their first time going behind the scenes at a restaurant.

First Day of School

Thurs., Aug. 3
City of Medicine, New Tech Hillside, 
Early & Middle College High Schools start anew.
End of Year Celebration
Wed., Aug. 9 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ivy Community Center
All PYO Family is invited – students, families,
supervisors and mentors – to join the potluck event. Contact Shay or Adam to register.
 
PYO Savings Celebration Day
Thurs., Aug. 10 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Latino Community Credit Union
Students meeting their savings goals will 
celebrate and open new CD accounts!
Camp Connect
Mon. & Tues. Aug. 14 & 15 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ReCity
10th & 11th Grades attend Monday and 12th Grade
attend Tuesday!
 
First Day of School
Mon., Aug. 28
All DPS traditional schools return.