Durham YouthWorks


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 14-24 years old who are residents of the City of Durham or Durham County and is open to individuals in school or out of school. Check this page for information about upcoming programs. We hope to see you there!

employer information & volunteer sign up

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 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.

This spring, we will be seeking employer volunteers to help with the various career pathway programs, as well as mentors to assist in the summer. Please find information about the various pathway sectors below, and check back soon to sign up under any that align with your experience. 

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction & Skilled Trades
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Public Administration & Government

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.