The Durham Children's Initiative (DCI) promotes the success of Durham young people and their families by providing a pipeline of wraparound supports from birth through college and career. These supports include home visiting programs, parent education and support, quality early learning opportunities, out-of-school learning programs, health and nutrition programs, and asset based educational, economic, and social supports for Durham youth. To date, we have served more than 2,000 children and 950 families. DCI has built this continuum of services with support from over 40 partner organizations and the community. Our vision is to have every child connected to DCI successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or career.
In its early years of operation, DCI provided services only to families living or attending school within the former EDCI Zone, a 120-block area in East Durham. In 2020, EDCI expanded its focus to all of Durham while increasing its supports for adolescents by merging with longtime Reggie's Legacy partner organization Partners for Youth Opportunity to form the Durham Children's Initiative, one of the most comprehensive cradle to college/career ecosystems in North Carolina.
From meeting developmental milestones to increasing kindergarten readiness to summer learning gains to ensuring that Durham youth are able to build the assets they need to sustainably transition from high school to college and/or career, DCI's unified pipeline of family, child, and youth support delivers compounding benefits designed to ensure that Durham young people can build the assets they need to sustainably pursue their goals.
The Boys and Girls Club promotes and enhances the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. A safe place to learn and grow!
What makes the Boys and Girls Club Unique?
The Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County serves approximately 2000 children between the ages of 5 and 18 in Cabarrus County each year. Their core programs fall into one of five focus areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.
When we started the fund at the Boys and Girls Club we were given the choice of where we would like the donations to go and we chose 2 special programs. The KEYSTONE which will provide scholarships to those who want to go on to advanced schooling beyond high school. The other program is the basketball and football programs which Reggie enjoyed being involved in when he was growing up.