Outreach Opportunities

Outreach Opportunities

Service Earning courses offered at Duke

Summer education programs

NC DNA Day Students
NC DNA Day Students

Community education programs

Education outreach programs that work with local schools

Pre-college programming offered at Duke

Durham Public Schools Foundation (DPSF)

DPS Foundation (DPSF) launched in September 2018 as a community-led effort to support and transform Durham’s public schools. It is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that unites DPS school communities, public- and private-sector resources and community leaders to strengthen Durham Public Schools. We are led by community and business leaders and DPS students, educators, alums, and parents who believe in Durham public education.

Duke University and Duke Health responded to this community need by offering financial support with a grant of $250,000 and non-financial resources. President Price and Chancellor for Health Affairs Washington are on the Campaign Honorary Committee. Numerous additional Duke faculty, employees, and students are active as volunteer Campaign Accelerators to raise funds in their networks. 

We do more than provide funds - we’re innovators, working with partners across our community to develop, pilot and scale strategies that will accelerate the transformation of public education. Our mission is to catalyze ideas & foster community engagement to transform Durham Public Schools to ensure success and equity for students.

Our work includes

  • Providing funds to DPS schools to increase digital equity through the Accelerating Digital Equity (ADE) School Fund

  • Investing in innovative student, educator & family-led projects

  • Developing and funding ideas from Durham’s students, educators and families that bolster student success and support growth and retention of Durham’s teachers.

  • Supporting Youth Justice Project’s Youth Steering Committee at their town hall on school safety (a Spring 2019 funded project)

  • Sponsoring a DPS Youth two-day racial equity training for rising 8th grade and high school DPS students on July 30-31st; the youth racial equity training will be led by the Racial Equity Institute.

  • Collaborating with AT&T to help tackle childhood hunger to cultivate opportunity and promise in Durham by launching a dinner and enrichment program at Fayetteville Street Elementary and Shepard Middle schools. This is to ensure that hunger is not a barrier to success, while also providing tutoring and mentoring for students.

  • Launching a Teacher Leadership Academy developed specifically for Durham public school classroom teachers.