PYO October 2015 Newsletter

Dear PYO Community,

Here is a look at what we have been up to…

At PYO's fall retreat, students worked as a group on a "PYO flag" that now hangs in the Lyon Park office. The event, held at Palmers Grove Community Center in Hillsborough, also included student group sessions on resiliency, t-shirt making, building a fort and students making their own submarine sandwiches.

At PYO’s fall retreat, students worked as a group on a “PYO flag” that now hangs in the Lyon Park office. The event, held at Palmers Grove Community Center in Hillsborough, also included student group sessions on resiliency, t-shirt making, building a fort and students making their own submarine sandwiches.

Gwen P. explains to supporters how she hopes to have her younger siblings follow her footsteps to PYO someday.

Gwen P. explains to supporters how she hopes to have her younger siblings follow her footsteps to PYO someday.

Seniors Help Fundraise College Scholarships

Promoting secondary education has always been a cornerstone of YO:Durham and Partners for Youth. Both organizations were renowned for not only helping students seek out scholarships for college but for also handing out scholarships for dedicated high school seniors making their path to higher learning.

Now, as PYO matures into its second year, the organization is pushing students to take more ownership of their futures by speaking for themselves to supporters and relating why donating to their scholarships is a worthy cause. Traditionally, PYO has given students $750 scholarships to help cover tuition, books, or computers — whatever students may need to be successful in school. With the largest senior class of students the organization has ever had (the program has tripled in size over the past 18 months), it has become even more important that we continue to support our youth in their academic pursuits.

Instead of pulling back, our Board has challenged us to raise more, $1,000, for each student.

Last week a dinner party hosted at the home of board member and student college support specialist Amy Daubert,along with the help former PFY board member, Lee Wollman and board member Kay Peters, was held to give students the chance to advocate for themselves to a crowd of roughly 30 donors. In addition to mingling, students spoke of how PYO has touched their lives and aspirations, how they have overcome setbacks and their gratefulness for the support they have received so far.

October and November is crunch-time for students hoping to enroll in a college for next autumn. This includes having a plan, researching schools and making sure there is a way to pay. If you, your group of friends or coworkers are interested in helping us meet our goal of $24,000 for scholarships you can give online at any level here.

Our mission is to make sure each of our seniors continue receiving the support they deserve as they begin to transition out of the organization and become productive adults in the community.

Mentoring Training Forges Ahead

We never want any of our students or mentors to feel as if they are alone on this journey. Mentor training and advice is always available at PYO.

We hold new mentor orientation monthly to let our newest arrivals know the basic do’s and don’ts of mentoring relationships. We also hold quarterly mentor training as a group where mentors can come to learn the more in-depth aspects of mentoring. Mentors are also given appropriate staff member phone numbers and are encouraged to call Adam, Koonce or Julie to discuss any issues concerning mentees.

Mentor training with James Johnson is always a good chance for mentors to come out and fellowship with other PYO mentors. They share success and challenge stories as well as provide advice to each other on how to tackle issues concerning mentees.

Mentor training with James Johnson is always a good chance for mentors to come out and fellowship with other PYO mentors. They share success and challenge stories as well as provide advice to each other on how to tackle issues concerning mentees.

Some upcoming mentoring dates to keep in mind are:

  • Sat. Oct. 10 – We’re signing students up for $5 memberships from the Museum of Life & Science. If you’re interested in going or getting your student signed up, please contact Koonce ([email protected]org) or Julie ([email protected]).
  • Sat. Oct. 17 – Girls group is back and revamped! Join Dosali and our interns as they kick-off a writing collective revolving around Girl Power. Mentors are encouraged to attend.
  • Sat. Nov. 7 – Our last quarterly mentor training before the holidays and year’s end are on us!!

Congratulations to our newest mentoring matches:

  • Melissa and Amil
  • Amanda and Octavia
  • Olivia and Jenny
  • Robert and Diego
  • Rob and Staveyon
  • Johnaustin and Jem

Snack Donations Needed for After School Tutoring

How many times have you heard teenagers say they are hungry?

This is a lesson PYO has learned well in our time spent with students in tutoring and study hall. After long school days it helps to continue learning with a small snack fueling the brain.

Bruce W. works with Sarah Butler, a UNC journalism student on grammar and punctuation.

Bruce W. works with Sarah Butler, a UNC journalism student on grammar and punctuation.

We are asking the community to continue supporting our tutoring efforts by donating snacks for students. Some ideas of goodies that we can use include:

  • seasonal fruit or fruit cups
  • granola or breakfast bars
  • cheese sticks or crackers
  • juice or water bottles

Folks willing to donate items can drop them off at our Lyon Park office (1309 Halley St., Durham) or contact Dosali at 919.536.4230 or by email at [email protected]org.

 

College Support Specialist Helps Prep each PYO Senior

In our years of working with high school-aged youth, PYO knows that finding one’s way through the college application process can be discouraging at times. Enter Amy Daubert, a trained former school counselor who has years of significant experience helping students navigate applying for and getting into higher education.

Amy will be individually meeting and working with each PYO senior to make sure they are all on the right track with life after graduation.

“I can help with all areas of related to college applications whether resumes, essays or the common application form,” Amy said. “I can also help in communication with school counselors and college admissions offices.”

Amy will be available during tutoring hours at Duke on Tuesdays and Thursdays and during study hall at the PYO offices on Wednesday afternoons. Amy is also flexible and will be able to find time to meet with students who work internships or have other extracurricular activities.

Sincerely,

Carlton Koonce
Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO)

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1309 Halley Street
Durham, NC 27707 USA

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Phone : (919) 536-4230