Thursday, September 14, 2017


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This Saturday, September 16 all Durham middle and high school students are invited to join Kids Voting Durham and Durham School of the Arts’ Octagon Service Club to create a Candidate Questionnaire for Durham’s City Council and Mayor Candidates.  Youth have the opportunity to voice their opinions about which issues are most important to them and say what they want to know about the candidates and their positions.  The KVD Youth Candidate Guide is sent to all schools and is used by many adults to inform their vote.  Breakfast snacks are provided.  No preparation is necessary and all are welcome, but you can email or call 919-560-7321  if you have questions or want to express interest.
This is a great volunteer activity for youth and a good college resume builder for students looking to dive into the issues most important to youth in the Durham community.

Want to weigh in but can’t make it Saturday?  K-12 students can take Kids Voting 5 minute youth survey on Durham at .

Monday, September 11, 2017

Duke's FEMMES STEM Program for Girls in Grades 4-6 now Accepting Registration

Registration is now open for Duke's FEMMES After-School Programs and their Saturday Program. Female undergraduate volunteers will lead hands-on science, math, and engineering activities for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls from Durham. They have limited space, and can accept registration on a first come, first served basis. You can sign up for only one program. Your student cannot be signed up for both an After-School Program and the Saturday Program.

You can find out more about the FEMMES program at this site: 

If you would like to register your daughter for a FEMMES program, please submit one of the registration forms, linked below:

Registration Link for After-School Program:


Registration Link for Saturday Program:


*** Please submit one form for EACH daughter participating, if you have more than one daughter.

Contact FEMMES with questions at 

FEMMES does need copies of the signed legal release forms. The legal release form is attached below. Along with the submission of the electronic registration form, please email  them a pdf of the signed legal release form by Wednesday September 20.

Like them on Facebook at to receive up-to-date information about FEMMES and other activities and programs throughout the year.

Legal Release Form (English)

Legal Release Form (Spanish)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

STEM Opportunity for Current 8th Grade Students--Duke's Saturday SENSOR Academy

Here's an incredible opportunity for 8th grade students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Duke University is hosting a Saturday SENSOR Academy. Learn more about the program and the requirements to apply:

What? Hands-on education program to encourage careers in
science and engineering by engaging 8th grade underrepresented
minority students in materials science and water quality testing.
Goals? • Introduce students to careers in engineering and
• Teach engineering design by applying sensors to water
quality testing.
• Create network for pursuit of advanced degrees in
science and engineering.
Who? Students entering 8th grade Fall 2017. Instructors from
Duke and NCSU engage students in materials-related engineering
design activities, sensor experiments and mathematics exercises.
When? 12 Saturday sessions (Sep 2017- Apr 2018), plus field trip
to Eno River State Park.
Where? Duke University Campus.

Requirements to Apply:
1) Eligibility – Underrepresented minority, rising 8th graders enrolled in Durham Public Schools.
2) Attendance – Student participants must be available and have transportation to attend Saturday Academy sessions (morning and early afternoon – 13 Saturdays during the 2017-2018 academic year). Transportation to and from Duke will not be provided. In addition, there will be a field trip to the Eno River State Park at the program’s end with transportation provided.
3) Application Submission – Applications are accepted on a continuous basis through September 11, 2017

Visit for more information and an application.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Extension Internship for Rising College Seniors and Graduate Students

Becoming a Summer Intern with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service gives you the opportunity to scout careers in agriculture, food systems, nutrition, youth development, community development, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, and environmental science. Get paid, gain knowledge on careers available, build your resume, and help communities. Our summer-long internships are credit-hour-eligible. So besides learning about your career options, building your resume and helping better your community, you can also earn college credit.

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension is looking for students who feel they can make a difference and change their world.

Do you have:
  • The desire to pursue an Extension career?
  • An interest in serving your community and genuine interest in people?
  • The desire to continue to learn and grow professionally?
  • The aspiration to work as part of a team?
Can you:
  • Lead, teach, motivate, and communicate others?
 If you do, they are interested in YOU!

The link has more information about the internship, FAQs, and more.

Safety & Equity for All Students in DPS: Serving LGBTQ Youth --People's Alliance Roundtable Discussion March 16

Join the Durham People's Alliance Education Team for the 1st Roundtable Discussion in a series surrounding the safety and equitable treatment of all students in Durham Public Schools. The Roundtables to follow in Parts II and III will focus on race equity, and our immigrant youth and sanctuary schools. At each forum, a representative from Durham Public Schools' new Office of Equity will be present to discuss the District's approach on these issues.

Buy your own dinner and be part of this informative Q&A with guests:
  • Matt Hickson and Jacqui Batts: Founders of Bull City Schools United and teachers at Neal Middle and Northern High Schools
  • Holly Jordan: Board member of Safe Schools NC, Safe Schools Trainer, and teacher and QSA founder at Hillside High School
  • Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock: Executive Director of Equity Affairs for Durham Public Schools
  • Two DPS Student Board Members of Bull City Schools United
Sponsored by the People's Alliance Education Team

March 16, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm

Saladelia Cafe
4201 University Dr
Durham, NC 27707
United States
Google map and directions

Molly Parks · 

March 13-14 Cities United Regional Convening, Urgency of Now: Shattering Biases. Building Equity in Durham

It's not too late to attend the Cities United Regional Convening, Urgency of Now: Shattering Biases. Building Equity, scheduled for March 13-14 at Durham Convention Center. 

The Youth Portion is Monday, 3/13 from 4:00-8:00PM, focused on career exploration for boys and young men of color, ages 11-15. 

 The Adult Portion is Tuesday, 3/14 from 8:00AM-7:00PM. Gain the necessary tools to incorporate a racial equity lens into local policy, build youth leadership, and measure the impact of local capacity building.  The event is also hosted by Durham County My Brothers Keeper.

For more information and to register:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ellerbee Creek Family Explorers on Saturday at 10:00AM - Free Nature Walk

Join the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) for the March Family Explorers Club on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00AM and become Texture Detectives at the Pearl Mill Nature Preserve. Explore the preserve and discover all of the different textures of nature. Meet at the preserve kiosk off Green Street, or look for us along the Ellerbe Creek Trail! 

Here's information on Pearl Mill Nature Preserve, located in the Trinity Park area, including location.
Contact or the ECWA office 919-698-9729 with questions.  You can also reach out to Chris Sajdak, Education & Outreach Coordinator, CTNC AmeriCorps Service Member,