Youth Employed & Succeeding (YES)
Durham YES, Youth Employed and Succeeding, is a comprehensive youth services program under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation. The goal of Durham YES is to better prepare young adults, ages 16-24, for education and employment.

The services of Durham YES are designed with you in mind: your needs; your goals; your educational and career ambitions. Our counselors work with you individually and in group settings to better understand your current academic and occupational skill levels and, how together, we can help you realize your dreams.
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The following benefits are offered to eligible participants:
  • Supportive services
  • Adult mentoring
  • Alternative secondary school
  • Career awareness
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • Follow-up services
  • Leadership development
  • Occupational skill training
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing
  • Summer employment opportunities
  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to completion of secondary school
Service Providers
The Durham Workforce Development Board contracts with community organizations to provide youth services. The following is a youth service provider to contact to learn more about our services and how we may assist you.
Eligibility Requirements
Please review the following criteria to determine your program eligibility:
  • Age 16-24
  • Deficient in basic literacy skills
  • High School dropout
  • Homeless
  • Low-income
  • Offender
  • Possess at least one of the specified characteristics as follows:
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Runaway or foster child
Youth Council
Oversight of services is provided by the Durham Workforce Development Board’s Youth Council. The council is comprised of a cross-section of representatives from both the public and private sector who have knowledge, experience, and expertise with the youth population and youth services in the region. Through the Youth Council, the DWDB serves as the vehicle to develop comprehensive and integrated strategies to help in-school and out-of-school youth prepare for successful entry into the workforce.

Contact Us
If you are age 16-24 and would like to have a representative call you and discuss how the Durham YES program may assist you, please complete the Contact Us Form.