Defining Impact: Reflection on Sustainability

It seems only yesterday when I was contemplating on my first blog post, gathering my hopes and concerns, and trying to figure out how to deal with all the challenges I have encountered at my placement. Yet having only 6 workdays left at Threshold, I realize that it is time to start reflecting on what…

Peeling Back the Layers

Week 4 was very much a turning point for me, both at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and out and about in Durham. Our work at OEWD thus far culminated into three days of pre-employment training at Durham Tech Community College for the YouthWork interns. Throughout the three days, the interns learned…

Learning More About Durham

These last three and a half weeks have been busy both in and out of our work-sites. At Durham Literacy Center, I have continued to work on a series of modules focused on career and college readiness. These modules range from writing resumes and cover letters to finding affordable housing. This week, I have begun…

Same City, New Impressions

If you listen to Drake’s second mixtape, Comeback Season, you’ll come across a track that I think is really special. The twentieth track, named “Think Good Thoughts”* provides commentary on the rampant misconceptions that broader society has about hip-hop culture. The lyric website, Genius, describes it in the following way: “the whole song goes with…

Treatment Versus Recovery

A man is staring at me with an intense expression and a cart of steaming dishes before him as muffled shouts exit behind his surgical mask. With suds up to my elbows and hands buried in sink water, I wondered how I could possibly be washing dishes incorrectly. “I’m sorry, what did you say, sir?”…

Hidden Facets of Durham

Hi everyone! My name is Carolyn Tang and I am one of the four students interning at Threshold this summer. The first few weeks of my Duke Engage program have allowed me to experience new sides of Durham, a place with both the charm of a small town and the richness of a larger city. Through…

Preservation Durham Walking Tour

On Saturday, our DukeEngage Durham group met up at the Farmer’s Market for a walking tour of Durham led by Preservation Durham, a group that “collaborates to protect Durham for future generations.” Our particular tour focused on Durham’s Civil Rights history, but the organization also offers free tours focusing on other aspects of the city’s history…

“The Duke Bubble”

When searching for a Duke Engage program, I happened upon Duke Engage Durham. To me, I thought it was the best of both worlds: a domestic and abroad experience. It presented me with the opportunity to delve into the community in which I spend my college years as well as explore a small, rural town…

Reaching Threshold

This post is a brief overview of my first three weeks interning at Threshold Clubhouse.

Durham is Full of Surprises

As a rising senior, I started my DukeEngage program thinking that not much is left for me to explore in Durham. As an experienced advocate in Community Empowerment Fund, I expected my summer service to be mostly an application of my previous experiences. Yet it turns out that I seriously underestimated what this summer has…

Making Durham Home

Never knowing what to expect. That’s really been the theme of my DukeEngage experience so far. I’ve been working at The Scrap Exchange and the environment changes every day. Some of the things that have occurred in the workplace since I’ve been there include summer camps, boot camp sessions for people with the goal of…