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●  The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is hosting six assistance sessions in the coming weeks to help youth complete the online application process for possible summer internships. The sessions to help interested youth prepare and submit their applications will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. as follows:
   * Wednesday, February 15th at TA Grady Recreational Center, 531 Lakeland Street
* Thursday, February 23rd at Hoover Road Community Center, 1126 Hoover Roard
   * Tuesday, February 28th at Southside Community Center, 201 Enterprise Street
   * Tuesday, March 7th at Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street
   * Thursday, March 16th at Durham Teen Center, 1101 Cornell Street
   * Tuesday, March 21st at Weaver Street Community Center, 3000 E. Weaver Street

●   Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Seeks Applicants for NC Division of Juvenile Justice Funding

The Durham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council is now accepting proposals for juvenile crime intervention/prevention programs to be supported by North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) funds for the State Fiscal Year 2017-2018. These funds are allocated to Durham County to support community programs serving Durham County delinquent and at-risk youth, between the ages of 7 and 17, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017.

The NCDJJ priority for the use of these funds is to support community based programs that strengthen and expand needed juvenile court sanctions and treatment services. Programs requesting funding must address identified "Risk Factors" and should provide treatment, rehabilitation, and/or academic enhancement as prioritized by the Durham County JCPC as described in the RFP found on the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center website.

Any local public agency, private 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, or housing authority interested in applying for these funds must complete and submit application online by visiting Applicants needing additional assistance with the application process can view self-help videos on the webpage by clinking on the help tab.

To properly pursue funding, Durham applicants must attend a Mandatory Funding Application Training on Wednesday, March 15th, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Resource Center, at 326 E. Main Street in the multipurpose room.  The deadline to submit application for grant funding offered in fiscal year 2017-2018 by DJJ is 5 p.m., on Friday, March 24th.

 For questions about funding awarded by the DJJ, contact Walter Crews, Area Consultant, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice at (919) 214-2348.

●  Durham Youth Invited to Apply for Summer YouthWork Internships

Job Listings & Online Application Now Available; Deadline to Apply is March 31

Durham youth who want to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience now have a chance to apply for summer employment!

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program, administered by the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development, is accepting online applications for approximately 200 summer employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14–24. Hourly wages will range from $7.25 to $12, and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 31, 2017.

The selected youth will begin work in mid-June with job assignments typically lasting between six and eight weeks. Participants will also take part in a job skills workshop led by Durham Public Schools and professionals from local businesses and organizations. Applicants may now review the online job listings to determine their eligibility and apply for positions by clicking here.

Internship placements within the City of Durham include the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Parks and Recreation, Public Works Department, Durham One Call, and others. Other summer opportunities include positions with Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina Central University, and local businesses and non-profit organizations.

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is collaboration between the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, and Made in Durham. For more information, contact Senior Employment Program Coordinator James Dickens at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15217 or by email.

●  Cooperative Extension Offers NC Safe Plates
Food Safety Manager Certification Course March 27-29th, 9am-3pm.

This course will prepare food service managers to complete the Food Safety Manager Certification Examination which will be administered Monday, April 3rd, 9:00-11:30am.

Food service managers successfully completing the exam will meet the 2013 FDA Food Code requirement to be designated as an ANSI (American National Standards Institution) approved Certified Food Protection Manager. Managers will also receive a certificate to display in their operation which will verify with local Environmental Health Departments that they are in compliance.

The course and exam will be held at the Cooperative Extension Office, 721 Foster Street. For more information, Deborah McGiffin at 919-560-0521.

●  We invite you to tune in to Cable TV Channel 8 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 or visit our webpage by clicking here for more information.

●  Durham County needs you!  If you have a few hours to commit, Durham County has a number of boards and commissions that can benefit from your participation.  We invite you to make a difference in our community.  Contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025, visit the County's Boards and Commissions page by clicking here, or email for more information.  Please note that all City and County taxes must be current at the time of application.