Durham YouthWorks


Getting Prepared

Check out our Getting Prepared Guide that's full of tips and information to help you get ready for the Durham YouthWorks program.

About YouthWorks

Join Durham YouthWorks to develop critical skills and explore career options with Durham’s top employers!

  • Receive an $800 stipend for program completion.
  • Learn career readiness skills, like effective interviewing and résumé writing.
  • Uncover your strengths and interests through surveys and panel discussions.
  • Gain access to Durham’s top employers representing a range of industry sectors,

The Durham YouthWorks Summer 2022 program will offer career exploration for 14-15 year olds, career pathways discovery for 16-18 year olds, and a ready-for-work program for 18-24 year olds.

Each 4-week Session will be held Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Participants will receive a $800 stipend for completing the entire program.

You do not need previous work experience to participate— Durham YouthWorks will help prepare you to interact successfully with Durham employers. And great news - employer partners can recruit YouthWorks participants directly from the program into jobs, internships, apprenticeships or training! So if you are ready to explore top career fields or gain an inside track to employment, this paid program will give you a great head start!

Session Dates:

Session 1: 18-24 year olds: May 23-June 17, 2022

Session 2: 16-18 year olds: July 5-July 29, 2022

Session 3: 14-15 year olds: July 5-July 29, 2022

employer information

YouthWorks has been reimagined to be a flexible workforce program preparing Durham’s young adults for careers in top employment sectors in Durham. There are several ways for employers to participate. The summer program will prepare young people through a 1-2-week training for jobs and internships. For young adults not moving into jobs or internships, weeks 3-4 of the paid program will offer deep exploration of career sectors with employers partnering around career conversations, career panels, career mentoring and project-based learning in the career field—for example, bringing a real world problem from the field to the young adults, training them in this kind of problem-solving, and mentoring a small team through development of a solution and presentation for an industry panel. 

YouthWorks is developing an employer training program to help you maximize your experience working with young adults for release later this spring.

This spring, we will be seeking employer volunteers to help with the various career pathway programs, as well as mentors to assist in the summer. Please find information about the various pathway sectors below, and check back soon to sign up under any that align with your experience. 

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction & Skilled Trades
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Public Administration & Government