School Days is an annual program designed to help motivate teenagers in Durham Public Schools to aim for college. The program targets middle school students who come from families with no prior college experience. The students spend a full school day at Duke in groups of 10, visiting labs, meeting faculty, and touring the campus (including the residence halls) while accompanied by Duke staff and students, and Durham school counselors. You are their person on the “inside,” and your energy and stories about Duke make the 18th year of School Days a success.
The program runs from 9:15am-1:15pm, but we really need your help from 9:30am-11:30am. Throughout the day, you’ll be with chaperones from the schools and Duke staff volunteers, as well as one other Duke student. We encourage you to work with a friend– it’s much more fun that way! As bonuses, we’ll provide a t-shirt, lunch if you have time to stay and eat with the students …and a great feeling of having helped change the lives of some Durham 8th graders!