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, families, City and County staff and leadership, and community partners to elevate youth voices and enhance services and programs for youth.  

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Our Work


Through our various initiatives:

  • We create new spaces and structures for Durham youth to be co-creators and decision-makers in local government.
  • We listen to young people and their families. We work together to find ways that local government programs and systems can better support all children and youth ages 5-24 years.

Learn more about our work:

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Highlights

YODurham Text - a one-way text line for young people in Durham under 25

COVID-19 Resources for Young People

The Office on Youth is helping young people in Durham stay supported during COVID-19 with a text line and special opportunities to connect virtually. Learn more about these projects and find additional community resources.

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Join the YODurham Listserv

The Youth Opportunities in Durham (YODurham) listserv connects adults who work with and support youth in Durham. Listserv members can send and receive messages about jobs listings, volunteer opportunities, events, resources, and other opportunities that support Durham’s youth. Sign up here. 

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  1. Initiatives
  2. Youth Commission

youthYouth Listening Project

The Office on Youth aims to improve how youth connect to, communicate with, and engage in local government and youth services in Durham. 

We believe that youth perspectives and partnership are essential to achieving positive outcomes. In 2019, we launched a Durham-wide Youth Listening Project to hear from Durham youth on what they identify as resources and needs in their communities. Our work on this project has been impacted by COVID-19. We hope to share our project findings with the community later this year. 

Our latest project updates: 

Sign up for Youth Listening Project updates.

Learn More

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