September 2016 News from PYO

Last month the Durham VOICE took a trip to Ocracoke Island to work closely with the local community newspaper, The Ocracoke Observer. Students spent five days exploring, reporting and experiencing the sites and people of the island. The stories they produced are running in the OC and the VOICE. When teens got an opportunity to be interviewed by radio host and OC editor Peter Vankevich on air, each picked a song to play for island listeners on a Saturday afternoon.

Last month the Durham VOICE took a trip to Ocracoke Island to work closely with the local community newspaper, The Ocracoke Observer. Students spent five days exploring, reporting and experiencing the sites and people of the island. The stories they produced are running in the OC and the VOICE. When teens got an opportunity to be interviewed by radio host and OC editor Peter Vankevich on air, each picked a song to play for island listeners on a Saturday afternoon.

UNC professors, Natasha Graham, Julie and Koonce spoke about the adventure on FM 103.5 WCOM – Chapel Hill. Listen here.

Dear PYO Community,

Have you heard what has been happening with us lately?

Tutoring Returns

tutoring-returnsSeptember marks the return of one of PYO’s most popular organizational components – tutoring.
Beginning Tues., Sept. 20 tutoring will return to Lyon Park for only the fall semester but with a different schedule:

8th Graders – Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
9th Graders – Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

All Grades – Wednesdays College Test Prep (Times TBA)
10th – 12th Graders – Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Learn More >

Continuing Yearlong Internships

Even though recent school schedule changes have rearranged PYO’s internship format, students that have a flexible enough schedule are still taking on professional grade internships for the school year.

School year internships stretch from September to May and typically involve more strenuous tasks such as those for medical, financial or legal establishments. Many of our yearlong employers, such as Duke Obstetrics and Gynecology, have been internship placements for many years (in Duke OB/GYN’s case a decade this year) and signed up to allow students to get real world work experience at their sites.

yearlong-internshipsSites willing to host PYO interns for the current school year include:

  • Self-Help Credit Union
  • Southpoint Family Dentistry
  • SEEDS
  • The Scrap Exchange
  • El Futuro
  • ReCity Network
  • The Durham VOICE
  • NC Warn
  • Duke OB/GYN
  • Lo & Behold Natural Body Care
  • The Museum of Life and Science

Newest NCCU MSW Interns Make Debut

mataya-hardy

Mataya Hardy

Each year, PYO is fortunate to have numerous master’s degree students, typically in social work, apply and then intern with the organization. Their zeal, expertise and personable relationships with our students are invaluable. This semester three more students from North Carolina Central University’s Department of Social Work make their PYO debut.

Mataya Hardy received her undergraduate BS degree in public health education from NCCU and most recently worked as an education specialist in Raleigh. She said PYO’s services and its mission to provide Durham youth with opportunities to succeed led her to the program. She will focus much of her work on mentoring.

Jenique Taylor

Jenique Taylor

“I plan to bring my hard work, leadership and dedication to the students of PYO to help them reach their goals in life by providing assistance and guidance to them in any way I can,” she said.

Jenique Taylor received her undergraduate degree in psychology from SUNY at Purchase College and has interned at Y.E. Smith Elementary and a domestic violence shelter. She will primarily help with PYO’s communications and social media.

Shepp Willis

Shepp Willis

“I believe all youth deserve to have the freedom to dream. When children are in elementary school they want to be everything and anything,” she said. “It isn’t until someone puts doubts in their minds about their dreams that their dreams change. I hope to witness someone get the opportunity to dream big about their future.”

Shepp Willis earned an undergraduate degree in English from UNC-Greensboro and has spent the last decade working with youth education programs in Cape Town, South Africa. He said he is fortunate to be a part of an organization that shares his values and commitments to youth.

“After spending the last 10 years in South Africa working with non-profits dedicated to providing educational equality and opportunities, I feel very fortunate to join PYO,” he said. “I will be able to learn so much from the team at PYO, and hopefully my experience overseas will be helpful.”

Upcoming Events

Mentor Laura P. and her mentee Juliana H.

Mentor Laura P. and her mentee Juliana H.

Fall Retreat

Sat., Sept. 10 at ReCity
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Family friendly scavenger hunt, vision boards, food and fun!

Parent Meeting  
Mon., Sept. 12 at Lyon Park
6 -7:30 p.m.
We need family input on upcoming events.

Back to School Party
Wed., Sept. 14 at Lyon Park
2-7:30 p.m.
Attend this academic event to register to win Target gift cards!

Mentor & Family Outing 

Sat., Sept. 17 at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
2-4:00 p.m.
Mentors, students and families join us for an afternoon in the woods!

Tutoring Begins

Tues., Sept. 20 at Lyon Park
3-6:00 p.m.
Grades 8 & 9 Tuesdays/Grades 10-12 Thursdays.
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Partners for Youth Opportunity  
1309 Halley Street
Durham, NC 27707 USA

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Phone : (919) 536-4230