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Partners for Youth Opportunity Savers Featured in Award-Winning Documentary

Partners for Youth Opportunity, a 1:1 Fund partner in Durham, NC, works with older youth, providing them with extensive job training and paid internships, in addition to CSAs. Four PYO savers were recently featured in a documentary film about a unique internship experience last summer.  The four savers were part of a team of PYO students who interned at THE VOICE, a newspaper in Durham, and went on a trip to Ocracoke Island to learn how local journalists engage their community.

This trip became the basis for a documentary that won the Best Overall Film category at the Marquee on Main Film Festival, “Writing My Own Happy Ending.” The documentary explored the cultural exchange these mostly Black teens from northeast central Durham had with White adults living in a small, remote island community. Joseph Cabosky, assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism, said that the experiences of the Durham teen reporters on Ocracoke Island were too important not to tell.

In addition to their participation in the documentary, four youth savers featured in the documentary have all saved more than $500 as part of the program, including one who has saved almost $2,500.