News from PYO May 2017

Sports Endeavors, Inc. in Hillsborough and Mebane invited our students out to learn more about their locally-grown, global business and rolled out the red carpet treatment for PYO.
Students talked with one of the owners and co-founder of the Moylan sibling pair, Durham native Brendan Moylan (who is also COO), toured the corporate campus (Hillsborough) and the warehouse (Mebane) and saw how the sports business works from idea conception, to marketing, to production and sales. PYO currently has two students that have been hired by the company in the last three months.

New Office Hours for One-on-One Family Sessions

Bruce Wilkerson and mom, Corliss, have been in the PYO family for three years.

For parents wondering about summer plans, requirements or just have general questions, PYO is clearing evening schedules the second Monday of each month for student/parent conferences. This is an opportunity for families to schedule intimate time to discuss with different staff members each month whatever issues they need concerning their student and have questions answered.

Family session hours are from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and allow fifteen minutes for discussion. To sign up, click here.

Senior Scholarship Projects Due Soon

Seniors have an opportunity to earn scholarship funding and have a professional project to add to repertoires.


The organization’s first year of senior scholarship projects is well underway.

Graduating seniors have been tasked with a “project” that asks them to reflect on their PYO experiences through some form of artistic medium. This could be a video or song describing their internship, a poem to a mentor, an article for the newspaper highlighting the importance of educational attainment or any other number of avenues.

Each senior has the opportunity to win up to a $1,000 scholarship. Projects are due by May 22 and will be presented to the scholarship committee between 4:30 p.m. – 6p.m. that day.


Building on Financial Literacy

Financial literacy and savings continues to be an extremely popular component of PYO programming and the financial institution holding our students’ savings accounts, Latino Community Credit Union, is taking the lead in making sure our youth are as financially ready for the real world as possible.

Part of our three-installment financial literacy programming, most recently students learned about the basics of finances such as what is a financial institution and exactly what it does. Students also learned how to identify needs and wants as well as created long, medium and short-term SMART goals. During the second literacy installment during June Summer Career Academy training, instructors will speak on the in-house aspects of banking including online banking and making deposits.
The PYO group, consisting of 22 teens, stops for a memento picture outside of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

Exploration Outside of Durham

The PYO group, consisting of 22 teens, stops for a memento picture outside of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

The annual spring trip has always been a part of PYO since its Partners for Youth infancy. It is a time for teens, mentors and staff to come together and bond beyond the walls of Lyon Park.

We continue this tradition of getting Durham youth out of their neighborhoods for at least a day and showing them what North Carolina has to offer beyond home.

Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures.

Touring the Tar Heel Campus

PYO sophomore Qaadir M. helps UNC-CH journalism sophomore Alexis Allston proofread her final Durham VOICE story for the semester.

Our recent trip to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was a combined college tour and job site visit for about seven students who want to learn more about the institution.

Teens who interned with the The Durham VOICE and those interested in the communications in general were invited out by J-school Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer and Public Relations professors Livis Freeman and Joe Cabosky to learn more about not just their industries and careers but also their classes.

About ten students visited numerous campus hot spots like Lenoir Dining Hall, the student store and various libraries, the Campus Y, Reese News Lab where they got a peek at its newest documentary about Cuban teens as well as sat in on journalism and PR classes.

Introducing Silvia Rincón


Silvia Rincón, has been a friend to PYO long before she joined the board. At Latino Community Credit Union she is director of the Office of the CEO, in which she manages the CEO’s priorities and also oversees the credit union’s efforts in multiple areas including member service, communications and financial education.

She started her career working as an account executive for one of the largest banks in Colombia, focusing on top tier local corporate business, and was top sales executive two years in a row. She moved to United States in 2007 and resumed her career in the banking industry, working for different organizations and performing various roles until finding her true passion in the credit union world.

She has been with Latino Credit Union since 2013, and has served in various capacities, most recently as Director of Communications and Service. She has a B.S. in Financial Engineering from Autonoma University in Colombia and has also been a PYO mentor for more than a year.


Dates to Remember

The final day of tutoring for the academic year found students hanging out with Duke tutors and listening to a presentation about the dangers of alcohol.

Parent/Family Office Hours Open
Mon., May 8 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lyon Park
Get individualized attention and have questions answered!

Mother’s Day
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Treat your mother right!

PYO Scholarship Project Presentations
Mon., May 22 5:30 p.m.
Lyon Park
It’s time for scholarship decisions…

Girls’ Group/Guys’ Group
Sat., May 20 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lyon Park
Calling mentors and all students come play basketball with each other!

Last Day of Internships
Fri., May 26
We’ll be closing out another school year throughout May!

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