With capacity-building and financial support from the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs and other Duke partners, the Duke-Durham Fellows develop individualized, year-long plans for personal and professional development. The Fellows conclude the year-long program better equipped and more energized to move their non-profits forward.
Julie Wells, Executive Director of Partners for Youth, and Katie Wyatt, Executive Director of Kidznotes, are our 2013-14 Duke-Durham Fellows. Wells will use the fellowship to access resources and expertise as she oversees a merger between her organization and YO:Durham, and as she seeks more broadly to develop new collaborations and a framework for shared outcomes for non-profits in Durham’s West End. Wyatt’s year-long fellowship will help her develop her own leadership skills and organizational knowledge and take her to the national El Sistema orchestra programs of Scotland, Ireland and England as she seeks to scale Kidznotes from a small organization in Durham and Raleigh to a leading non-profit in North Carolina.
Dan Kimberg, Executive Director of Student U, was the inaugural Duke-Durham Fellow. With support from the office and his “cabinet” of Duke and community advisers, Dan spent the year reflecting on the mission of Student U, which was six years old at the time; developing a plan to take that vision to the next level and to grow and improve as a community; refining his own definition of the “beloved community;” and pulling it all together in the form of a story about his grandfather, the man who inspired him to start Student U.
The Duke-Durham Fellowship is offered in partnership with Tony Brown, Director of the Enterprising Leadership Initiative in the Hart Leadership Program of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.