The Durham Youth Commission (DYC) is group of committed and community-oriented high school-aged youth who represent the diversity and lived experiences of youth in Durham. The commissioners act as a bridge, linking Durham’s decision makers and Durham’s youth. They envision and create new platforms for youth voices to be amplified in our community to ensure that the leaders who make decisions for our community hear them.
The DYC does this by planning and leading an annual advocacy project that aims to identify and address the barriers youth face in Durham. Members also receive racial equity and youth advocacy training to prepare them to better advocate in and on behalf of their community.
The DYC is a chapter of the North Carolina State Youth Council and commissioners attend conferences around the state to collaborate with and learn from other youth councils.