Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO) is a holistic youth serving organization that focuses on long-term relationships with youth in Durham. We start with youth at the age of 14 and continue with them until 4 years after high school. The students we serve must be Durham residents at the time they enter the program and must meet one of three criteria: qualify for free and reduced lunch, have an incarcerated family member, be a first generation immigrant.
Our programming focuses on four main pillars:
- Educational Attainment
- Tutoring, help with college applications and scholarships
- Workforce Development
- Paid internships, bank accounts, financial literacy, credit building, visiting different job sites
- Mentoring Relationships
- Skills based mentoring and teaching youth how to discern mentors in their own lives
- Community Engagement
- Accessing and contributing to the larger community through leadership, service and the arts.