Durham YouthWorks 

new this summer! 


The Durham YouthWorks Program is a paid experience to prepare young adults with updated skills for a new economy. The Program is open to individuals 16-24 years old who are residents of the City of Durham or Durham County and is open to individuals in school or out of school. The sessions for 2021 are now full. If you were not able to participate this year, we encourage you to look out for information for the 2022 Program. We hope to see you there!

Click here to learn more about the Durham YouthWorks Program.

The 14 and 15 year old Program is now full. 

If you will be 14 or 15 years old next summer, please keep an eye out for information for the 2022 Program. 

employer information & volunteer sign up links

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.

We are seeking employer volunteers to help with the various career pathway programs. Please sign up under any of the pathway sectors that align with your experience. We are also seeking mentors to assist this summer. Please find more information about the mentoring opportunities below. 

*Note: please only select one volunteer opportunity per session.

Advanced Manufacturing Links:

Session 3: https://bit.ly/AdvManufacturingSessionThree


Construction & Skilled Trades Links:

Session 2: https://bit.ly/ConstructionSession2

Session 3: https://bit.ly/ConstructionSession3


Entrepreneurship & Small Business Link:

Sessions 1-3: https://bit.ly/EntrepreneurCareerPanels 


Hospitality Links:

Session 2: https://bit.ly/HospitalitySessionTwo

Session 3: https://bit.ly/HospitalitySessionThree


Information Technology Links:

Sessions 1 - 3: https://bit.ly/InformationTechCareerPanel 


Life Sciences Links:

Session 2: https://bit.ly/LifeSciencesSessionTwo

Session 3: https://bit.ly/LifeSciencesSession3


Public Administration & Government Links:

Session 2: https://bit.ly/GovtSessionTwo

Session 3: https://bit.ly/GovtSessionThree

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.