Through the City’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, we contract to meet the academic needs of students participating in Youth Employed and Succeeding, (YES), a comprehensive youth services program under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, (WIOA). Community Partners, INC. delivers the career development component although we collaborate with the case managers to identify work-related opportunities for our youth.
Through a grant from the United Way of the Greater Triangle’s initiative, Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children, we partner with the Durham Literacy Center to increase our parenting student’s ability to effectively engage their children in reading success. The Durham Literacy Center has identified additional sites and they are the fiscal agent for the program.
As part of the Made in Durham initiative we create an education-to-career system. We pilot best practices to re-connect youth to their education, and deliver a comprehensive career development program which leads to sustainable employment. MiD acts as a facilitator and convener. AAD houses and supports two, part-time contractors who focus on post-secondary planning and career development activities.
Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs supports the Crest Street neighborhood where we are located in a Parks and Rec building. We are collaborating with all parties to ensure that Crest Street neighbors access our programs.
New Bethel Church and Crest Street Community Council have welcomed AAD into the neighborhood; students have provided service to the residents of the New Bethel Homes for the Elderly and AAD has used the church's space in the summer when our building is used to offer summer activities to children in the Crest street neighborhood. It was our pleasure to partner with these groups and the Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs to nominate Mr. Willie Patterson, a lifetime resident of Crest Street and President of the Council, for the Durham Martin Luther King 2017 Award - Mr. Patterson was selected by the committee.
We secure food from the Food Bank of Durham to provide snacks for our students.
With a longstanding, positive reputation in the Durham Community for serving students who are often those with the greatest needs, AAD benefits from many other acts of kindness from members of our community including: the Congregation at Duke University Chapel who provide direct service as well as financial support; Book Harvest who provides books for our students and the children of our parenting students; Duke School of Public Policy from whom we secure an intern; Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators, a group of grad students who provide program support; The Triangle Nonprofit and Leadership Center through whom we secure volunteers; volunteers also come to us through our 3 major, area universities: Duke, NCCU and UNC; and The Triangle Community Foundation and the Oak Foundation who continue to provide opportunities to grow and strengthen our program on behalf of our students.