Youth Development Programs

Commissioner's Award
Designed for students ages 12-18, the Commissioner's Award recognizes youth who volunteer 50 or more hours during their school year at local nonprofits of their choosing. Each year participants complete more than 2,500 hours of service

Mayor’s Award
Youth ages 12-18 years old an opportunity to get involved in community service during their summer vacations at area nonprofits. Students completing 100 or more hours are recognized in a special award ceremony as well as a photo shoot with the mayor. This program motivates goal-oriented students to volunteer, by giving them a specific number of hours to work towards, and then recognizing them for meeting that goal. Each year Mayor's Award winners put in over 32,000 service hours at Triangle area nonprofits.  Former Mayor's Award winners are invited to apply to the Student Action Board described below.  

President's Award
The nation's premier volunteer award program encourages a life of service through presidential recognition. Any individual, family or group that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.
Student Action Board (SAB)
SAB provides leadership training that combines reflection and service so students can have a significant impact on their community.Participating local high school students meet twice a month to plan and implement 9 service projects with different nonprofits during the school year. Former Mayor’s Award winners and Junior Leadership Durham participants are invited to apply for the board in the fall, and meetings begin in October. 

Student Action Corps
The Student Action Corps connects youth with age-appropriate volunteer opportunities. We help youth find  both one-time and ongoing volunteer options. Volunteering is a great way to explore career choices and build your resume while giving back to the community. 
Tomorrow’s Community Leaders Award Ceremony is an event that brings together the youth who receive the the President's Award, the Mayor's Award and the Hard Corps Award, as well as the members of the Student Action Board. The Mayor of Durham and other community leaders, including friends and family of the youth attend this event to honor students across the Triangle who make a difference in their community. Each year, through these 3 programs, students contribute 40,000 hours of service to the Triangle community.