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Lunch-and-Learn With David Reese From the Durham Children’s Initiative In Conversation With Zach Prager '12

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Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm EST

Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Durham, North Carolina United States


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Please join Zach Prager '12 and David Reese for a lunch-and-learn discussion about the Durham Children's Initiative and all of the incredible work they do in the Durham community.

In 2008, community leaders—including Barker French '63, former Duke Alumni Association president and Duke trustee emeritus—had a dream to bring more opportunity to low-wealth children and families in Durham. Over the next decade, their idea evolved into a thriving community-based nonprofit called the East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI), serving a single neighborhood of 120 blocks.

In July 2020, EDCI merged with Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO), to expand the pipeline of educational, economic and social opportunities for youths aged 14-24. Today, EDCI is known as the Durham Children's Initiative (DCI), and their work has scaled across Durham County. Yet the mission remains the same: to walk alongside children, youths and families and support them on their unique journeys toward college and career.

DCI creates a pipeline of high-quality services spanning from birth through college or career for children, youth and families living in Durham. More than 65 partner organizations and thousands of community members actively contribute to DCI, making it one of the most comprehensive cradle-to-career ecosystems in the state. Through a combination of DCI initiatives and partner services, DCI and its partners work collaboratively at the local and systems levels to support children, youths and families on their unique journeys toward success.

Duke University and alumni have made significant contributions in the founding and growth of DCI since its inception. Duke Triangle alumni have adopted DCI as part of our Duke Alums Engage projects in recent years, and we look forward to continuing and growing this incredible partnership for many years to come.

This virtual lunch-and-learn event will give alumni an opportunity to hear a discussion on the recent developments and growth of DCI, the amazing work that Reese and his team are doing and the ways Duke Triangle alumni can strengthen our partnership with DCI to improve lives in our neighborhood and the community at large.

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