Empowering students in Durham to succeed in college and beyond

Our mission is to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We know that as a result of structural racism, poverty, and other systemic injustices, first-generation college-bound students face significant personal and institutional obstacles to educational success. This situation prevents our community from reaching its full potential. We believe our students are powerful, and that this power will help us realize a Durham where all students can succeed.


— Educational Success—

100

High School
Graduation Rate

600

EMPOWERED
STUDENTS

90

Enrolled in
Post-Secondary Education


– We are Destined to change the world —

Changing Communities

Former Student U student Langston Whitlock was named the youngest ever Forbes 30 under 30 for his SafeTrip app! He coded his first anonymous messaging app at 12. His Atlanta-based healthcare transportation mobile app enables users to book non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) and emergency medical transport (EMT).

Building Leaders

Ms. Latosha Ruffin has been working to better herself and the community around her. Latosha recently received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She has been actively involved in her campus community as a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the UNCP Spirit Squad and as a site leader for the Office of Community and Civic Engagement. She hopes to one day work in a crime lab as a forensic scientist.

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— Community Announcements —

Brilliance Carnival

Last Day of YRP Brilliance Carnival! Thursday, May 9th 4-6pm at The W.G. Pearson Center. This event is for Student U middle school students. The carnival will be an afternoon of games, food, and fund for the kids before we send them off for the school year. Contact bria.davenport@studentudurham.org to sign up to volunteer. 

2019 Decision Day

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4 pm. Join us at Decision Day as we celebrate the choices our students have made for their college experience. This will be Student U’s sixth class of high school graduates that will transition into the College Promise Program. As a community, we will continue supporting them in the next phase of their journeys and empowering them to be the change they wish to see in the world.


 

— What's New with Student U —

  • Brilliance Carnival

    Last Day of YRP Brilliance Carnival! Thursday, May 9th 4-6pm at The W.G. Pearson Center. This event is for Student U middle school students. The carnival will be an afternoon of games, food, and fund for the kids before we send them off for the school......

  • Jatzyri Perez Garcia – Using her ambition and desire to learn to achieve her dreams

    High School Graduation Series Jatzyri Perez Garcia – Student U Class of 2019 and Golden Door Scholar Jatzyri Perez Garcia dreams of becoming a surgeon. As a result of her tireless effort and dedication to excellence, she will earn her high school diploma this May,......

  • Youth Voice Festival – Durham Youth Commission

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm at The W.G. Pearson Center. Lighting the way to imagining Durham’s next 150 years. Register for event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youthvoice-festival-tickets-58739655892. The Durham Youth Commission is hosting the 2019 Youth Voice Festival; an opportunity for youth in Durham to celebrate......

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