DR Year

What is Dan River Year?

DR Year seeks to capitalize on the enthusiastic spirit of millennials (those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s) by employing recent college graduates to work on community issues in the region. The DR Year Agents will perform 11 months of paid service, in which they will work closely with a community organization to gain real-world experience and expand their professional network. Most importantly, however, because of the nature of the community work in which they will participate, DR Year provides participants with the opportunity to experience profound personal growth. 

The participants will become an integral part of the community, connect with its members, and tackle its key issues. In this way, the DR Year Agents will realize that the time they have invested in their work has meaning and can favorably affect the lives of many citizens in the community.

DR Year Agents will work 20 hours per week for 11 months and receive a fixed stipend of $11,000. A housing stipend will also be provided on a needs basis.  There are two cycles of DR Year throughout the calendar year- one begins in January and the other in August.

DR Year Agents will have the chance to participate in the Duke Non-Profit Training Program, Leadership Southside, and other related workshops to gain leadership skills that are essential in succeeding in the professional world.  In addition, the DR Year Agents will have many opportunities to connect to the community as a group through volunteer work.