Durham YouthWorks 

new this summer!

Are you a young adult in Durham looking for a paid experience to prepare you with updated skills for a new economy? Announcing a new work experience program for Durham youth – presenting Durham YouthWorks 2021!! Open to individuals 16-24 years old who are residents of the City of Durham or Durham County. Also, this program is open to individuals in school or out of school. Submit your application and you could be selected to participate in this paid summer program designed to provide you with the skills you will need as you move forward in the new workplace.

 Sounds interesting? Please complete this form.

Positions are limited and participation will be selected by lottery.  Participants will be notified by text message and/or email by the end of April 2021.

employer registration


YouthWorks has been reimagined to be a flexible workforce program preparing Durham’s young adults for careers in top employment sectors in Durham. There are several ways for employers to participate. The summer 2021 program will prepare young people through a 1-2-week training for jobs and internships. For young adults not moving into jobs or internships, weeks 3-4 of the paid program will offer deep exploration of career sectors with employers partnering around career conversations, career panels, career mentoring and project-based learning in the career field—for example, bringing a real world problem from the field to the young adults, training them in this kind of problem-solving, and mentoring a small team through development of a solution and presentation for an industry panel. Please indicate your interest in one or more of the options and the best contact at your company below. 

YouthWorks is developing an employer training program to help you maximize your experience working with young adults for release later this spring.
Durham YouthWorks is a core component of the education-to-career system being created by business, education, government and nonprofits partners through the Made in Durham partnership. The initiative aims to create a system of career pathways and supports that enable all Durham youth to graduate from high school, earn a post-secondary credential and secure living-wage work by age 25.