Office on Youth

The Office on Youth is a division in the City Manager’s Office that provides direction on youth initiatives in Durham. The office works with youth, City and County staff, elected officials, and community partners to elevate youth voices and enhance services and programs for youth.

Initiatives and Services



*New* City-County Strategic Youth Initiative


The Office on Youth is excited to host a new initiative that aims to facilitate coordination between City and County youth-serving programs, connect youth and their families to these resources, and engage youth, community partners and other stakeholders in the process. This new initiative works closely with the Office on Youth Durham Youth Commission and Durham Teen Center, and many other partners, including City, County, schools, non-profit, private, and other organizations.

Check back regularly for updates on this initiative.

For information, contact City-County Youth Initiatives Manager Lara Khalil, by email, or call 919-560-4222, ext. 11224.

Durham Youth Commission


The Durham Youth Commission is group of 30 high school-aged youth who act as an advisory board to the City Council and other groups and have an active role in shaping and influencing local policies and programs. Members are taught civic engagement and parliamentary procedure, attend conferences around the state to collaborate and learn from other youth councils, and participate in various service learning initiatives.

For information, contact Senior Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Scott by email, or call 919-354-2730.

Durham Teen Center


The Durham Teen Center provides teens ages 13-19 years with a positive alternative during non-school hours. The purpose of the center is to reduce community violence through prevention by assisting youth in finding alternatives to gangs and getting them involved in programs that equip them with life management skills.

The center also aims to assist youth with developing a sense of self-worth along with providing knowledge and skills necessary to give a sense of purpose and direction needed to lead satisfying, socially constructive lives. Participants receive counseling/mentoring in the areas of academics, conflict resolution, violence prevention and acquiring job skills.

For information, contact Senior Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Scott by email, or call 919-354-2730.