Gwen Payne is a junior at Jordan High School and an Partners for Youth Opportunity intern working with the Durham VOICE.

Leaning into archeology

I am Gwendolynn Payne, and I am 16-years-old and a junior at Hillside High School. I enjoy history and science classes over any other classes I have. I gained an interest in archaeology during my freshman year while taking a World History class. We had to do an end of the year project on a topic of our choice, as… Read more →

The 13th annual Phoenix Fest drew a crowd to Fayetteville Street for art, music, and food. (Staff photo by Quiani Nzazi)

Phoenix Fest celebrates art, music, food, community

The annual Phoenix Fest took place Saturday, Oct. 4, on Fayetteville Street just outside of the Phoenix Square Shopping Center. The festival is a yearly event that allows people to network and socialize. “This goes on every year,” said Michelle Jackson, a vendor at the festival. “I own a business in the complex; I try and register every year.” The… Read more →

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Positivity rules the day: the community comes together to solve homelessness in Durham

Durham’s seventh annual Project Homeless Connect linked people experiencing homelessness, or those experiencing lower incomes to “the care they need to move forward.” The event brought out hundreds of guests and volunteers to Durham Bulls Athletic Park Friday, Oct. 10, all determined to end homelessness in the rapidly growing city. Organizers want to make it possible for people to do in one… Read more →

Howard Fuller, former Black Panther and current superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools tells the audience that the struggles between race and education reform are an extension of the same problem. Staff photo by Sarah DeWeese

No Struggle No Progress: Howard Fuller’s journey from black power to education reform

As a Civil Rights activist and former member of the Black Panther party, Howard Fuller’s current passion for education reform may strike the average reader as a strange hobby. At Hayti Heritage Center in Durham on Sunday, Oct. 12 Fuller discussed his autobiography No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform. Audience members asked Fuller… Read more →

A successful merger for Partners for Youth Opportunity

A successful merger for Partners for Youth Opportunity

Three months after the official merger of youth organizations Partners for Youth (PFY) and YO:Durham into Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO), Executive Director Julie Wells is proud to call it a success. “We are part of the one percent of nonprofits who have successfully merged,” says Wells, “so we have a story to tell about setting aside your ego and… Read more →

Mayor Bill Bell, surrounded by business owners and community leaders, cut the ribbon in front of the new Angier-Driver streetscape to celebrate the culmination of the 16-month-long project. (Staff photo by Mary Alta Feddeman)

Angier-Driver streetscape project culminates in ribbon-cutting celebration

Music emanated from Samuel and Sons Barbershop across the street from the Angier Baptist Church parking lot in the morning on Oct. 11, where community members gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the Angier-Driver Streetscape Project. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of the $4.8 million construction project that began in April 2013. The project was completed on time and on budget,… Read more →

Prospective Habitat homebuyer and NECD native Quashun Capers helps to build her family's new home in NECD. (Staff photo by Mark Lihn)

New funds will help NECD non-profits like Habitat for Humanity

Over $1.5 million dollars of new funding in 2016 could help non-profits like Habitat for Humanity expand their work in Northeast Central Durham, according to a memorandum presented to the Durham City Council from the director of the Durham Department of Community Development. The Durham Department of Community Development presented descriptions and guidelines for small project development and neighborhood revitalization… Read more →

About 250 people attended the SEEDS Harvest Dinner Oct. 9, including SEEDS community gardeners, SEEDS organizers, participants in the DIG program and community members. Attendees enjoyed food from over 20 local restaurants, a silent auction with items and experiences donated by various Durham establishments and a live band.

Community celebrates 20 years of improving lives through gardening

When Brenda Brodie founded SEEDS – South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces – in 1994, she was hoping to bring the community together through a mutual love of food. “I had always had in my mind that I wanted to do some community gardening because I felt that it crossed all barriers,” Brodie said. “It brought people together for a… Read more →

Rickie White, the owner of Waterdog Farms, enjoys a snack at his booth at the Durham Farmers’ Market. White says that the SNAP benefits program at the market is great because it provides access to healthy and fresh foods for the community’s low-income residents. (Staff photo by Andrew Forrest)

The Durham Farmers’ Market: a unique way to help those in need

  At first glance, the Durham Farmers’ Market looks just like any other farmers’ market. But beyond the rosy red tomatoes, creamy goat cheese and green peppers lies something more. The Durham Farmers’ Market, located at 501 Foster St., accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), more commonly known as EBT or food stamps. Less than half of the state’s… Read more →