From Jail to a Job:
Devin's ReCity Story

Devin didn't want his past to define him, but the path forward just wasn't clear. Watch Devin's story and hear how ReCity helped reignite Devin's passion and connect him to a meaningful career path. 

What's the Problem?

There are 4,000 young people in Durham who aren't working or going to school. These 16-24 year-olds have slipped through the cracks, but we know they're full of untapped potential. It's going to take a united effort to reignite that potential. ReCity is connecting and equipping local organizations already serving these youth around a shared mission: to build a collaborative community network that restores opportunity for disconnected youth. 


What Makes ReCity Unique? 

ReCity leverages its downtown Durham facility to enable non-profits, for-profits, and faith-based communities to collaboratively solve shared problems facing our youth. Uniting the work of these local leaders around a shared mission through a shared space is resulting in meaningful, systemic, and transformational change for Durham's youth and families. ReCity's vision: a generation of reignited youth connected and empowered to lead.

How Can I Get Involved?

 
The #YouthReignited Campaign

$100,000 |  100 Lives |  1 Network 

Our goal is to raise $100,000 between #GivingTuesday and December 31st so we can help reignite 100 young people's passion and purpose and connect them to family-sustaining career paths in 2017. 

Give the gift of opportunity this holiday season, click below to join the movement!

-Team ReCity



                              
 
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ReCity ReCap: Special Launch Edition
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The ReCity ReCap:
Special Launch Edition!

Click above to hear our story, told by our amazing partners!
There are 4,000 young people in Durham who aren’t working or going to school. 

These 16-24 year-olds have slipped through the cracks, but we believe they’re full of untapped potential. It’s going to take a collaborative effort to bring that potential to life. That’s why ReCity is unifying organizations and local leaders already serving these youth into one network of resources and opportunities. The ReCity Network. 

ReCity is a movement of nonprofit leaders committed to restoring community, accelerating collaboration, and expanding opportunity for 16-24 year-olds in Durham, North Carolina. 

Disconnected youth are a product of disconnected systems, and disconnected systems are a result of disconnected leaders. So, to effectively reconnect our young people, we first have to connect the systems and leaders who serve them. This is the gap in services that ReCity is uniquely positioned to address. 

 
The ReCity 60 Campaign

On September 1st, ReCity officially launches this collective effort in our 12,000 sq. ft. collaborative co-working space in downtown Durham, where each of our partner organizations will be leveraging their unique strengths to enable an innovative, coordinated, and holistic approach to youth engagement that is unprecedented in our city. 

To kickoff our first 60 days, we are launching the ReCity 60 Campaign. We’re looking for 60 people to invest their resources to make this vision a reality by becoming a monthly donor. 

60 days.
60 people.
1 mission. 


Would you consider becoming one of the "ReCity 60"? 

Help spread the word about ReCity by connecting with us on our social media channels (below) and using the hashtag #IamReCity. Because the truth is, this is everyone’s city, which means everyone has a role to play in making it a place where each of us--regardless of race, class, gender, or zip-code--has the chance to rewrite our story. 

Thank you!
Rob & the ReCity Team


                              
 
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Collaborations, Drones, & Durham's youngest Entrepreneur
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The ReCity ReCap:  
August 2016

Over 150 people were in attendance at our first-ever Open House event to learn more about our mission and vision for Durham’s youth and families. Attendees heard from several leaders of the 20 partner organizations that have joined our Network and begun using our space to build community, accelerate collaboration, and expand opportunity for Durham youth & families. 
Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO) has been at ReCity all summer hosting programs that prepare Durham youth for careers. Through ReCity, PYO was able to team up with StepUp Durham to form our first official collaboration! PYO brought StepUp into their existing program to allow both organizations to use their unique strengths to improve programming for the youth being served...resulting in 28 paid internships! Such a great display of humility & collaboration between our partners that results in expanded opportunity. 

"All of these things wouldn’t have happened without ReCity and the ease of collaboration that the space and network provides. ReCity has allowed us to speak with StepUp at multiple levels in order to enter into thoughtful, targeted, and sustainable collaboration, which is incredibly valuable and rare in Durham’s climate."       
                           -Adam Barnard, Partners for Youth Opportunity

 
We were thrilled to host Kramden Institute as they held their Drone Piloting camp at ReCity. Several dozen young people spent the week learning valuable skills that will help prepare them for a possible career path in a rapidly growing industry. As a result of being at ReCity, Kramden was able to connect with other Network partners to expand their laptop distribution program for low-income families. 
Our space continues to take shape during our pre-launch. We're partnering with Ayubi Peasante, CEO of AfroKat Kustoms, to paint a mural embodying ReCity’s vision for community and collaboration. At 14, Ayubi has launched his own custom shoe restoration business. Work has already begun, but he could use your help in getting to the finish line! Click here to find out how you can support this project. 
The past 2 months have been an incredibly difficult season for our country, especially amongst our brothers and sisters of color and the men and women who serve us on the police force. All the pain and frustration has lead to important conversations being started around race, equity, and police relations in our city. This picture shows one impromptu conversation between law enforcement officer Steve Hill and members of the community. At ReCity, we believe change happens at the speed of trust, and trust is formed one conversation and relationship at a time. 

-The ReCity Team
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The ReCity ReCap - May 2016


Devin was looking for ways to serve in the community.

After getting into some trouble, he knew he needed to make a change. He took the initiative to find a way to serve others, which brought him to ReCity. Having secured our new 12,000 square foot incubator space, we had just ordered several dozen boxes of IKEA “assemble it yourself” furniture, so Devin was a lifesaver for us! He dove right in, helping us assemble tables, chairs, couches...working hard and showing us his consistent character and dependable work-ethic. But we weren’t the only ones he impressed. Mike, our electrician, happened to be on site helping us that week as well, and he took notice of Devin’s attitude and commitment. So much so, that by week’s end, Mike offered Devin a job on the spot.