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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth

Mission: The mission of partners for youth opportunity is to partner with our community to provide durham youth with mentoring, employment and educational support in order to discover and achieve their aspirations.

Programs: Partners for youth opportunity is a multi-year, multi-service program serving students (as early as rising 8th graders) from all over durham county, representing every public high school. We follow our students throughout their first year of college. We choose our students based on the following criteria. Most of our students fall into 2 categories: -qualify for free and reduced lunch -are first generation immigrants -have family members previously or currently incarcerated we provide workforce development, academic support, community based mentoring and opportunities to connect

partners for youth opportunity is a multi-year, multi-service program serving students (as early as rising 8th graders) from all over durham county, representing every public high school. We follow our students throughout their first year of college. We choose our students based on the following criteria. Most of our students fall into 2 categories: -qualify for free and reduced lunch -are first generation immigrants -have family members previously or currently incarcerated we provide workforce development, academic support, community based mentoring and opportunities to connect

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been in PYO since I was 16, I am now 19 and in college. I can honestly say that PYO has definitely helped me mature and become more aware of my surroundings and define what is truley important to me. I love the staff and all the students and friends that I've made.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the last 6 months at PYO I can truly say it has been an amazing experience. I have never seen such a dedicated staff with such diversity come together to provide such needed services for our young people. PYO is an organization that is true to its mission , their programs are effective and are administered without pretense. They have a singular goal and that is to serve the young people of Durham.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being apart of PYO has helped me so much- One of my favorite things about PYO is having a mentor. Partners for youth has been a great support system for me, i feel connected with the community and i enjoy participating in different volunteer opportunities that PYO provides. From my experience being able to volunteer gives me such a great feeling, i enjoy being able to help out in the environment and making small but significant changes. PYO has also helped me strengthened my social skills, it has also kept me on track and has pushed me to do what's best for me. The staff at PYO is absolutely amazing! They are dedicated individuals and try to help us, the students, become better people. i would recommend this program to anybody. It is a great organization!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being apart of PYO is a wonderful opportunity. I have learned to strive for the best no matter what obstacles come my way. I really enjoy working with the people apart of PYO.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you ever want to be outgoing or be able to stand up to a crowd, PYO is for you. This program has basically changed my life so much, and if I could do it again and again and again, I would. This program is like a disease that sticks to you, but a really good one!

Client Served

Rating: 5

PYO has helped me become a better person because it has strengthened my social skills . I also had help getting on track with a great support team that pushed me to do what's best
for me. I was able to do an internship where I helped children read , write , learn ABCs , do math, etc. I got to meet amazing people & get ready for the next steps in my life. I got to travel with people & explore more . I would recommend this program to anybody that's willing to seek help from other people to help themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PYO is a great program, they are a group of dedicated people who will do just about anything to help us (students). I have learned so much through them. They're really amazing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PYO is the perfect program, my daughter has been helped in every possible way. I am so grateful for what PYO is doing for our kids. I’m thankful to all the people that contribute to this organization to make things happen. As a parent, I recognize that we need help to make things happen in our children’s life. I plan to continue to work as a volunteer with PYO for my community, not only for my child but for everyone

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners for Youth Opportunity has helped me grow. My relationship with my mentor is amazing. We go out to eat and visit places like the DPAC and the NC Art Museum. I also have an internship with the Museum of Life and Science and the tutoring helps me with school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a student at PYO and this organization has helped me achieve anything that I put my mind to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PYO is a great program that motivates students to be more active. I trust PYO because I know they make sure that our kids are in the right hands; they find great volunteers/mentors that care about their needs. Since my daughter joined the program, she’s more active and not so shy anymore - and it has also helped our own relationship. If I had the resources, I would like to contribute to PYO’s growth in every possible way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to serve on the board of PYO. It is truly impressive what this organization does for the youth of Durham. I know this first hand as for the past 2 years, I have volunteered as PYO's college counselor. In this capacity, I see how the mentoring, tutoring, job sourcing and academic support has opened so many pathways for our students.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization!!! I love these folks! It's an honor to work with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been very lucky to volunteer with Partners for Youth Opportunity in 2016. The organization has a staff that is dedicated to the youth of Durham, NC. Unlike many organizations, PYO offers a holistic approach that provides academic support, workplace training, financial literacy and multiple opportunities to connect students with mentors. Their success rate is truly impressive