The DukeEngage-Durham program is a comparative introduction to community-based economic development efforts in Durham, NC and its sister city of Durham, England. Participants serve both communities through structured, immersive and full-time volunteer placements with local nonprofits.
DukeEngage-Durham participants explore the unique historic background of both communities, which continue to transition from a declining 20th-century industrial base — tobacco and textiles in North Carolina and coal mining in England — to a 21st-century knowledge-based economy.
The program values community building and provides many avenues for participants to grow. In addition to volunteering alongside the staff of a partner agency, participants take part in a variety of orientations, trainings, readings, special presentations, tours and reflection sessions to deepen their knowledge of both Durham communities and of the ways local citizens engage their cities.
Past placements have included the Community Empowerment Fund, Durham Economic Resource Center, the Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Literacy Center, Threshold, Families Moving Forward and Scrap Exchange). Browse the 2018 project proposals.
Visit the DukeEngage site for more details about the program.