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Partner With Us at The W.G. Pearson Center

Student U is seeking partners to join together at The Center to combat systemic racism and structural inequalities in service of a Durham where all children can succeed. Individually, tenants of The Center will continue their work to achieve their desired goals. Collectively, tenants will form a consortium of like-minded organizations, sharing best-practices and advocating for policies and investments to enhance systems to enable all people to thrive.

If your organization believes in the potential power of this vision for The Center and can commit to the requirements of The Center partners outlined in the application linked below, please complete the form at your earliest convenience. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, including inviting applicants to engage in further conversation about space needs, potential partnerships, and financial investment. We are excited to achieve our goal of having the right tenant combination and operating the building at full capacity.


Ready to join us at The W.G. Pearson Center?


Who Is In The Space

We understand that alone, Student U cannot adequately honor the legacy of the W.G. Pearson School and William Gaston Pearson to fulfill its vision for Durham. Therefore, Student U has sought partners to join together at The W.G. Pearson Center to combat systemic racism and structural inequalities in service of a Durham where all children can succeed. Individually, tenants of The Center will continue their work to achieve their desired goals. Collectively, tenants will form a consortium of like-minded organizations, sharing best practices and advocating for policies and investments to enhance systems, which enable all people to thrive. Below are the first cohort of tenants who we are lucky to have as partners. We look forward to announcing more tenants in the near future.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

Founded in 2013, BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people. They do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens. BYP100 envisions a world where all Black people have economic, social, political, and educational freedom. For more information visit https://byp100.org/ or contact BYP100 at info@byp100.org.

Book Harvest

Founded by Executive Director Ginger Young in 2011, Book Harvest believes that books are essential to children’s healthy development and well-being and that all children deserve to grow up in book-rich homes. To that end, they work to remove barriers to book ownership, to fuel a lifelong love of reading among America’s children that will enable success in school and in life. Before the end of 2018, Book Harvest will provide its one millionth book to a local child! The Center is an expansion to a second location for Book Harvest, which is headquartered in the Rockwood Shopping Center on University Drive. To find out how to donate books, become a volunteer, or make a gift, please visit bookharvestnc.org.

Dreams 2 Life, Inc.

Dreams 2 Life is led and founded by Kathleen Lindsay. Dreams 2 Life’s mission is to engage, equip and empower teens with dreams of entrepreneurship and leadership to become key contributors, brilliant servant-leaders, and problem solvers in their communities and beyond.   Dreams 2 Life, Inc., is a newly formed non-profit organization, in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. Targeting ages 12-17 in the prime of their creativity and passion for business or entrepreneurial pursuits, this program will take a holistic approach to developing next generation leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit. To invest or get involved with Dreams 2 Life please visit dreams2lifenc.org.

Office on Youth

The Office on Youth is managed by Lara Khalil. The Office on Youth is a division in the City Manager’s Office that provides direction on youth initiatives in Durham. The office works with youth, City and County staff, elected officials, and community partners to elevate youth voices and enhance services and programs for youth. For more information visit durhamnc.gov.

Rebuild Fellowship

Rebuild Fellowship is founded and led by Chuck Reed. Rebuild’s mission is to advance the Kingdom of God by making disciples who receive, respond, and reproduce The Gospel of Jesus Christ, for the welfare of the city of Durham and surrounding communities. They have a deep desire to make sure neighbors feel welcomed and at home in the building by leading and hosting gatherings at The Center to build relationships with our direct community. Join Rebuild Fellowship for a Sunday service at The W.G. Pearson Center, or email info@rebuildchurch.com for more information.

Student U

Student U is led by Alexandra Zagbayou. The mission of Student U 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. Student U is committed to utilizing The Center in a manner that both honors its history in the Hayti community and best serves Durham. At The Center, Student U will continue to provide its holistic after-school programming, also known as second shift programming, which has led to significant academic gains for 550 Durham students. As a result of the additional space, Student U will be able to collaborate with the Durham community to expand the reach of its best practices to better serve the citizens of Durham County. To invest, volunteer or apply to be a student or teacher at Student U please visit studentudurham.org.

Village of Wisdom

Village of Wisdom is led and founded by William Jackson. VOW describes itself as “a family-organizing and advocacy entity working to eliminate racial injustices in schools. To this end, we develop tools and resources that students, parents and teachers use to create learning environments for Black and Brown learners.” We are excited to have VOW in our village with their passion for empowering families with tools to successfully advocate for their children in schools. To get involved with Village of Wisdom, please contact Taylor M. Webber-Fields, Lead Organizer at twebberfields@villageofwisdom.org

we are

we are is led by Ronda Taylor Bullock. The purpose of we are (working to extend anti-racist education) is to equip students, parents, and educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the complexity of racism and to extend anti-racist education with the ultimate goal of dismantling systemic racism. Using a combination of week-long summer camps for students, professional development for teachers, and workshops for parents, we are provides a three pronged approach to addressing racial inequities in schools. To get involved with We Are, please contact  we.are@duke.edu or visit weare-nc.org.