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.

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– We are Destined to change the world —

Changing Communities

Student U student Jatzyri Perez Garcia is tackling issues of inequity at her school. She is not only identifying challenges but she is proposing systemic solutions that will outlast her tenure. Currently, she serves on a student council that meets with the Superintendent of Durham Public Schools to advise on the strategic plan to close the opportunity gap. Read more about how Jatzyri is changing her community.>


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 —

First Day Of YRP For Middle School Students

Monday, September 16. We are preparing with our students for the start of the new school year, and are so excited to see everyone again soon at YRP! As a reminder, if you have not already completed your students' YRP forms, or have any other questions about Student U or your child's school, please contact Ms. April or Mr. Luke. Enjoy the last few days of summer break and the start of a brand new school year!

2019 Education and Equity Visit Day

On Wednesday, July 10th, we collectively articulated that we want every single child in our community to have access to the resources, opportunities, and supports necessary to reach their full potential. We know that such a bold vision is both necessary and hindered by the institutional barriers students face. We must envision a world where those systems are changed. We urge you to continue to dream fearlessly about what that world looks like and root your daily actions in that vision.


— Student U Blog —

Students Discover their Best Selves Through Financial Literacy
The basketball hoops in Durham Academy Middle School’s gym hung silently on the wall. Students’ passionate playing had left scattered
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High School Students Achieve Greatness at Durham Internships
Each student has different passions, goals and experiences; therefore, their learning and development should reflect those. At Student U, high
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Service Day
Middle School Students Energize their Community
On a hot summer day, tucked behind a quiet Durham neighborhood, Burton Park was filled with activity and excitement. With
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