Youth Development Programs
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Staff is often working out in the community.

Deadline to submit Student Award forms is SEPTEMBER 6
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Intensive 6-day summer enrichment experience. CELI empowers high school students to impact Triangle  communities through socially conscious thought and action. By exploring the root causes of social issues, working with nonprofit agencies, and formulating   service projects, students will develop a combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to help shape the future of the Triangle and beyond.
IMPACT CAMPS (Youth Summer Service Weeks)
There’s plenty of good work to do right here in town. Our IMPACT Camps (formerly Youth Summer Service Week) provides area high school-aged youth with an affordable, local week-long urban mission experience each summer. A diverse cohort of youth participants learn together about social issues in our community and work with local agencies that are making a difference and helping our neighbors in need.
Youth ages 12-18 years old can receive this award for summer community service at area nonprofits. Students completing 60 or more hours are recognized in a special award ceremony as well as a photo shoot with the mayor. This program motivates goal-oriented students to volunteer, by giving them a specific number of hours to work towards, and then recognizing them for meeting that goal. Each year Mayor's Award winners put in over 32,000 service hours at Triangle area nonprofits.  Former Mayor's Award winners are invited to apply to the Student Action Board described below.  
School Year/Year Round Programs
Designed for students ages 12-18, the Commissioners' Award recognizes youth who volunteer 50 or more hours during their school year at local nonprofits of their choosing. Each year participants complete more than 2,500 hours of service.
The nation's premier volunteer award program encourages a life of service through presidential recognition. Any individual, family or group that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime. The Presidential Award is only offered in conjunction with the Mayor's Award or the Commissioner's Award.
Spring Break IMPACT Camp
Are you looking for a meaningful way for you or your student to spend their Spring Break? Our Spring Break IMPACT Camp provides high school-aged students with an affordable, local opportunity to give back. Students spend Monday through Friday on a supervised team working with local nonprofits on a variety of service projects, talking with and learning from community leaders, dining together, and reflecting on the service work we do. Participants will also receive leadership and team-building training, and learn about issues facing their community such as housing, hunger, poverty, caring for the environment, and more.

Student Action Board (SAB)
SAB providesleadership training that combines reflection and service so students can have a significant impact on their community.Participating local high school students meet twice a month to plan and implement 9 service projects with different nonprofits during the school year. Former Mayor’s Award winners and Junior Leadership Durham participants are invited to apply for the board in the fall, and meetings begin in October. 
Student Action Corps
The Student Action Corps connects youth with age-appropriate volunteer opportunities. We help youth find  both one-time and ongoing volunteer options. Volunteering is a great way to explore career choices and build your resume while giving back to the community. 

To find volunteer opportunities appropriate for youth, visit our search engine. Click advanced search, then "appropriate for." You can then select the age of the volunteer and search for opportunities. To narrow your search further, put in your zip code, select specific dates, and even select specific causes to easily locate things that match your skills and interest areas.

Tomorrow’s Community Leaders Award Ceremony is an event that brings together the youth who receive the President's Award, the Mayor's Award and the Commissioner's Award, as well as the members of the Student Action Board. The Mayor of Durham, other community leaders, and friends and family attend this event to honor students across the Triangle who make a difference in their community. Each year, through these programs, students contribute over 40,000 hours of service to the Triangle community. 


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