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

We create new spaces and structures for Durham youth to be co-creators and decision-makers in local government.

We partner with Durham’s young people, their families, and other people who support youth. We work together to find ways that local government programs and systems can better support all children and youth ages 5-24 years.

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NEW: Changed By Youth
Ambassador Program

We are excited to announce Durham’s new Changed By Youth (CBY) ambassador program! The CBY is a paid, year-long leadership program for young people (ages 16-24) who live or learn in Durham. Learn more about the program.

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2021 Durham Youth Leadership Fund

Check out our 2021 Durham Youth Leadership Fund (DYLF)! Young people (ages 13-24 years), community groups, and organizations are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $500 - $20,000! Learn more about the fund.

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Durham Youth Listening Project

The OOY set out to hear from Durham’s young people about their needs and dreams, and about what they think about the resources in their communities. See what they are recommending and read more about the project.

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Durham Text Line for Young People

Young people in Durham can sign up here for one-way text alerts about important resources available to them, such as COVID-19 updates, food and employment assistance, mental health supports, events, and more.

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YODurham Listserv for Adults Who Work with Young People

The Youth Opportunities in Durham listserv connects adults who work with and support youth in Durham. Sign up to send and receive messages about jobs, volunteer opportunities, events, resources, and other opportunities that support Durham’s youth.

Youth Services Listings

Youth Services Listings

A list of services and programs for children and youth, ages 5-24 years, supported by the City of Durham and Durham County; and a link to the Durham Network of Care Youth Services page. See the lists here.