Office on Youth

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, families, City and County staff and leadership, and community partners to elevate youth voices and enhance services and programs for youth.  

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Our Work

We create new spaces and structures for Durham youth to be co-creators and decision-makers in local government.

We partner with Durham’s young people, their families, and other people who support youth. We work together to find ways that local government programs and systems can better support all young people ages 13-24 years.

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2023-2024 Durham Youth Leadership Fund

The 2023-2024 Durham Youth Leadership Fund awards grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to young people (ages 13-24 years), community groups, and organizations. Learn more about 2023-2024 grantees, and check out the impact of the first cohort with our 2021-2022 Impact Report!

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Changed By Youth Ambassador Program

The Changed by Youth Ambassador Program helps support young people in decision-making and leadership roles within local government. Join a paid leadership program for young people (ages 15-22) who live or learn in Durham. Learn more about the program and our upcoming 2023-2024 cohort!

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OOY Highlights of 2022

We took some time to pause and reflect on all that made 2022 a great year for us. Read about the amazing young people, projects, and commitments that helped us grow and bloom last year, in English and Spanish

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Durham Youth Listening Project

The OOY set out to hear from Durham’s young people about their needs and dreams, and about what they think about the resources in their communities. See what they are recommending and read more about the project.

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YODurham Listserv for Adults Who Work with Young People

The Youth Opportunities in Durham listserv connects adults who work with and support youth in Durham. Sign up to send and receive messages about jobs, volunteer opportunities, events, resources, and other opportunities that support Durham’s youth.

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Youth Services Listings

A list of services and programs compiled on Durham County's Network of Care Youth Services page. See the list here.