PYO May 2015 Newsletter

Dear PYO Community,

Here is an update of happenings the past few weeks:

PYO Applications Deadline Looms

Time is running out for students to apply for Partners for Youth Opportunity services to begin this summer with summer intensive and career academy workforce development sessions. The application deadline has been extended to May 8.

PYO is looking specifically for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students who fit at least one of the following organizational criteria:

  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch or Medicaid
  • Are a first-generation immigrant or will be a first-generation college student
  • Have an environmental or home risk factor
  • Have a parent/sibling previously or currently incarcerated

Younger students are encouraged to apply for PYO in July to be eligible for services, like tutoring and mentoring, in time for school in August.

A link to our application can be found here.

Student Internships Stretch into Summer

While school year internships are beginning to wind down, a few students have earned the right to continue their internships into the summer season.

PYO student Eshe B. has been working an apprenticeship under the tutelage of Jennifer Collins-Mancour, a local seamstress who has been running her business for 20 years.

PYO student Eshe B. has been working an apprenticeship under the tutelage of Jennifer Collins-Mancour, a local seamstress who has been running her business for 20 years.

Students impacted include those working at Self-Help Credit Union and Southpoint Family Dentistry. In addition, a number of students will begin summer jobs, many of whom it will be their first, next month.

PYO student Eshe B. has been working for several months with Jennifer Collins-Mancour, owner of Shopjenjen, a clothing design business that uses environmentally friendly vintage fabrics and material to create products. Eshe has dreamed of being a fashion designer for years and in the past has spent her free time designing her own clothes. Her hope is to follow in the footsteps of Collins-Mancour and open her own business someday.

Through her attendance during Summer Career Academy last year, Eshe explained she has picked up workforce skills like understanding the professionalism of punctuality, working with a team and expanding creativity.

“I’ve been learning a lot about the ins and outs of running my own business from Ms. Jennifer,” said Eshe. “She’s taught me how to make clothes with an eye for detail and to make sure my apparel is strong enough to handle wear and tear.”

Eshe, a high school junior, hopes to study fashion merchandising and design at North Carolina A & T University after graduation.

BECOMING Durham Honors PYO Students

Partners for Youth Opportunity is thrilled to announce that two students have been nominated for BECOMING Durham’s Youth On Fire award will receive the honor during a ceremony Friday, May 15 at the Durham County Human Services Auditorium.

LaMon Jones

LaMon Jones

BECOMING Durham is a local organization that connects young people to community partnerships that work to help youth take control of their own lives while, at the same time, having the chance to contribute to community. Along with its Youth Advisory Council, BECOMING recognizes and celebrates Durham youth ages 16-21 that have made “outstanding contributions to their schools and communities through outreach and community service” with the Youth On Fire Award.

Emmanuel Johnson

Emmanuel Johnson

PYO students to be honored include Riverside High School senior Emmanuel Johnson for his community service including serving on the Durham County Teen Court for four years and a founding volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Music Project through LinkAbility, and C.E. Jordan High School junior LaMon Jones for his youth advocacy work in advocating for public school students under suspension and serving on the REBOUND alternative suspension program at the Durham Teen Center.

Congratulations all for an honor well-deserved.

Exploring Nature a Walk at a Time

Students, staff and volunteers experience a swinging bridge over the Eno River during weekend walks in the woods.

Students, staff and volunteers experience a swinging bridge over the Eno River during weekend walks in the woods.

With the arrival of spring, PYO continues to promote healthy, active lifestyles to students by walking nature trails and spending time outdoors on weekends. Students have been spending a couple of Saturdays the past few months visiting nature preserves like Penny’s Bend, urban gardens like Sarah P. Duke Gardens and hiking along the Eno River.

An avid bike rider, the hikes leader, Douglas McDaniel, came up with the idea to get students away from their beds and video games on the weekends.

“These kids don’t get outside anymore,” McDaniel said. “They need to learn about the peace and beauty lying right in their backyards.”

Students and mentors interested in participating or leading a hike should contact Susan McCraw to learn more.

Learning the Art of Woodturning

Julissa H. works on making her first pen with the Chapel Hill Woodturners.

Julissa H. works on making her first pen with the Chapel Hill Woodturners.

Keeping with the mission of introducing students to opportunities they may not have been aware of, PYO recently took a group of young ladies to visit the Chapel Hill Woodturners.

CHW is a group of wood turners that meet weekly at the shop of Frank Penta, a guru of wood turning, in Chapel Hill. Turners gather to make an endless array of objects, including plates, bowls, tables, ice cream scoops and countless others from all types of wood. Along with wood turner Carmine Prioli, Penta and the other turners freely share the knowledge of the ancient art of wood turning with anyone willing to learn.

PYO students that attended made their own pens by hand under the guidance of CHW craftsmen.The ladies learned that woodturning can not only be therapeutic but also possibly turn into an entrepreneurial career. Students will return to the wood turning shop this summer.

May 9 – Spring Quarterly Mentor Meeting at Lyon Park from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

May 12 & 28 – “Teach a Kid to Fish” — Many first-time fishing students will be learning the skill (and patience) of fishing. Mentors, parents and volunteers are encouraged to join us from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Contact Koonce or Julie to learn more.

May 16 – Girls Group (10:00 a.m. to noon) and Neighborhood Clean-up (noon to 1:15 p.m.).

May 30 – Community service event from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Watts Street Mission and a variety of projects. Mentors encouraged to attend with breakfast and lunch provided. Contact Susan to learn more.

Here is a link to the complete May Calendar.

PYO is in need of mentors, particularly male mentors, that can chaperone the June 12-14 spring trip to Valley Crucis, NC. Please contact Susan asap if you are able to commit to this weekend — your help is needed!!

Sincerely,

Carlton Koonce
Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO)

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