PYO April 2015 Newsletter

Benefit Breakfast Another Success

Keeping in tradition, Partners for Youth Opportunity recently held the annual Benefit Breakfast at the Ivy Community Center.
Special thanks goes out to the morning’s keynote speaker, Duke University’s Head Football Coach David Cutcliffe, for his inspiring words of wisdom directed at PYO students, parents and supporters.

Cutcliffe, who has mentored for 40 years, explained that opportunity becomes what one does with it and in a community, “partners” are important.

Coach David Cutcliffe shared values and lessons he's learned through the years with an audience of about 100 people at the fundraising breakfast. Photo Courtesy of Jerry Pone

Coach David Cutcliffe shared values and lessons he’s learned through the years with an audience of about 100 people at the fundraising breakfast.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Pone

We are all partners in this and we’ll be held accountable for the future of this community and these kids,” the coach said.

PYO reached its fundraising goal and sends a grateful thank you to all donors, volunteers and gracious community members that made the morning great for everyone that attended. A special thanks also goes to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for donating the space for the event and to CORE Catering for providing the morning’s food.

Sticking with a team theme, Cutcliffe challenged the audience on their commitments to community.

Everybody can play when it’s going good,” he said. “But you have to play when it’s tough.

Sharing Water Knowledge at Crop Walk

The recent 41st Durham Crop Hunger Walk was held on March 22, International World Water Day. World Water Day annually celebrates fresh water and advocates for water’s sustainability.

An early spring afternoon is spent teaching community participants about water on Duke University's campus.

An early spring afternoon is spent teaching community participants about water on Duke University’s campus.

Doing their part, PYO students, staff and mentors participated by setting up along the walk route to raise attention on this resource. With recent devastating droughts in Western states like California and access to clean drinking water a scarcity in many parts of the world, PYO students helped educate walk participants about water’s value.

Spring Break Resume Workshops & College Visits

PYO sophomore Julianna H. reviews her resume with professional financial advisor and PYO volunteer Johnaustin C. Before the workshop she had not viewed years of babysitting as work experience.

PYO sophomore Julianna H. reviews her resume with professional financial advisor and PYO volunteer Johnaustin C. Before the workshop she had not viewed years of babysitting as work experience.

Students took some time from spring break for resume updating at PYO’s office. Staff and volunteers spent an afternoon helping students add skills gained from internships and courses to ready resumes for summer and later fall opportunities.
At least three students have already been asked to continue internships through the summer. Workshop discussions included the importance of cover letters and tailoring resumes for specific positions. Students in need of resume updating should contact

PYO freshman Alex T. explores an exhibit at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NCSU during the tour.

PYO freshman Alex T. explores an exhibit at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NCSU during the tour.

Students also spent some spring break time visiting North Carolina State and North Carolina A & T Universities. About a dozen students toured and learned more about the state’s largest campus, NCSU, and the nation’s largest HBCU, NC A& T, as well as visit the Civil Rights Museum while in Greensboro. Students wishing to speak with the college advisor about colleges and universities should contact Ms. Dosali, Ms. Rhonda Manns or come to tutoring during April.
 
 

Congratulations to our latest mentor matches!!

  • Bruce W. and Chris B.
  • Zhana T. and Jenna B.
  • Isabel V. and Regan L.

Dates to Remember

April 6 6-7:30 p.m.: Parent’s Meeting at Lyon Park with Atrayus Goode from Movement of Youth and Johnaustin Chapman talking money matters.

April 9 6-8 p.m.: Mentors Only Meeting at Durham Coop Market.

April 23: Last day of tutoring at Duke.

April 25 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Car Wash at 600 Fosters St. near the downtown farmer’s market.
Catch up with the rest of the calendar here.

PYO is currently accepting applications for the Summer Career Academy Program, serving rising juniors and seniors. Students will participate in a six-week workforce training program and will be ready to complete year-long paid internships during the school year. Applications are due no later than April 20th and interviews will be conducted all month long.
Feel free to contact us with any questions. We can be reached at 919.536.4230.