What is the Emily K Center?
The Emily Krzyzewski Center, a non-profit organization in Durham, North Carolina, was established in 2006 and named in honor of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s mother. The Emily K Center implements three K to College programs, two summer camps, and is currently launching the new Game Plan: College program. In addition, the Center enhances the impact of local organizations by serving as a home and resource for over 70 nonprofits, schools, and community groups.
What are the K to College programs?
The Center’s K to College programs are Pioneer Scholars, Scholars to College, and Scholars on Campus. These programs provide a sequence of opportunities that propel students toward success by providing educational and leadership experiences that might otherwise be missed. Programs serve students in first grade through their second year in college. An alumni network also provides a platform for former K to College students to connect with younger scholars and support the work of the Center.
What students are eligible for K to College programs and what is the selection process?
Students residing in Durham County who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program are eligible to apply. Students are often referred to the Center through nominations from school staff, community members, and various community agencies. Families are also welcome to ‘self-nominate’ their student(s).
Students with strong academic commitment, robust family support, and demonstrated financial need are considered strong candidates. Additionally, students must demonstrate personal character, work-ethic, and integrity as evidenced by teacher recommendations, personal statements, and an interview process. Applications are available at Center each spring for the following school year.
What is Game Plan: College?
The Center’s Game Plan: College program provides students with the information and advice needed to successfully apply and enroll in college. The program serves Durham students in ninth through twelfth grades through free ‘open-access’ workshops and individualized advising. Workshops occur on a rotating schedule at the Center and throughout the community upon request. Advising sessions are available at the Center during scheduled office hours based on student availability. Interested students or educators should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What summer camps do you offer and who is eligible to attend?
In addition to our year-round academic programs, the Center runs two summer day camps that are open to any student in rising 2nd-8th grade. We offer a one-week basketball camp and a two-week drama camp. Information on registering and applying for scholarships for these camps can be found at www.emilykcamps.org.
In addition to the programs you run, who else uses the Center?
The Emily K Center is proud to be a part of the vibrant Durham community. We partner with almost 70 organizations annually who utilize the Center's multipurpose rooms, gymnasium, and stage to convene, learn, and grow. Each partnership is unique. Some Facility Partners meet here weekly to run their own programs, while others hold quarterly meetings or host a larger annual event. You can learn more about facility partnerships and how to establish a new partnership here.
How can I volunteer at the Center?
Volunteers are critically important to the success of the Emily K Center. They provide direct instructional support to our K to College students, as well as administrative and operational support for the Center overall. Volunteers who wish to work directly with students must make at least a one semester commitment and are generally at least 18 years old. You can learn more about specific volunteer opportunities and complete an application here.
How is the Emily K Center funded and how can I make a donation?
We believe that the work being done at the Emily K Center is life-changing, and we are extremely grateful to our supporters who make this work possible. The Center does not have one single source of revenue but rather benefits from a broad base of support including individual and corporate giving, special events, and charitable foundation grants. We rely heavily on the support of individuals both in the Durham community and throughout the country. More information on our financials can be found here.
Donations can be made online or by check sent to the Emily K Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701. For more information on other ways to give such as planned giving, in kind gifts, corporate sponsorship, and endowment gifts contact us at 919-980-0308 ext 1006.
What is the relationship between the Emily K Center and Duke University?
While the Emily K Center is a separate and distinct 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are fortunate to partner with Duke University in a number of ways. Due to our proximity to the university, many of our committed volunteers are members of the Duke community and a number of students groups work with us as Facility Partners to provide additional arts, science, sports, and mentoring activities at the Center. We are also fortunate to partner with Duke Athletics on several special events each year.