Candidate qualifications: Candidates must be a sophomore at the time of the program (apply for the program in your 9th grade year) and be enrolled in school in Durham County. Parent and school permission must be obtained to participate. Students must be interested in learning, have leadership potential, show ability to be a team player, and be interested in meeting new people.
Bluebird Project funded by the Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation – Box Installation by JLD Mounting Committee (Sergio Tapia, Robert Winslow, Taylor Redfearn, and Timi Shobande) on January 3, 2015. Thanks to Ken Kernodle, Vice President of the North Carolina Bluebird Society, for his assistance.
Application process: Application for the 2015-2016 Class is closed. Application for the 2016-2017 Class will begin in February 2016. Current 9th grade students attending a school in Durham County are eligible to apply for this program.
Session Details: Seven sessions, one per month, have been developed by the JLD Board, a variety of experienced professionals in Durham, many of whom have graduated from Leadership Durham. Sessions are engineered to be teen-friendly and to provide the greatest breadth and depth of Durham knowledge possible in the limited time available. Guest speakers, panelists and locations have been chosen with great care to facilitate this process. With the permission of schools and parents, participants will be removed from school for up to four days throughout the year to participate in the program. Three sessions and graduation will be outside of the school day.
Sessions usually begin at 8:00 AM and end at 2:45 PM at locations in Durham. Attendance at the Orientation session and Graduation is mandatory.
September – Orientation
October – Human Needs/Volunteerism and Judicial/Law
November – Durham City/County Government
December – Service Learning Projects
January – Alumni Networking/Careers
February – Health/Environment/Technology
March – Entrepreneurship/Arts
April – Graduation