05/13: Langley elected Vice Chairman of the Durham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
DeWarren K. Langley was elected Vice Chairman of the Durham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) at the monthly meeting held on May 22, 2013.
As Vice Chairman, DeWarren works with the Chairman in providing the overall leadership & management of the Council in performing its duties, serve on the Executive Committee, work with the Chairman to appoint chairpersons of standing and ad hoc committees, represent the Council in the community and work with the Chairman to develop and submit an Annual Report to the Board of County Commissioners of work done by the Council.
JCPC is a statutory authorized advisory council appointed by the Durham Board of County Commissioners and charged by the North Carolina General Assembly to plan, organize and evaluate locally-based programs designed to prevent and mitigate juvenile delinquency in Durham County. JCPC reviews the needs of juveniles, assess local youth service needs & address the gaps and recommends an annual service proposal and submit a written funding plan for the expenditure of over $500,000 appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly to the Board of County Commissioners for its approval. Additionally, JCPC works to develop community based delinquency and substance abuse prevention strategies and programs to prevent juveniles who are at-risk from becoming court involved.
In addition, JCPC works to increase public awareness of the causes of delinquency and of strategies to reduce the problem, develops strategies to intervene and appropriately respond to and treat the needs of juveniles at-risk of delinquency and provides funds for services for treatment, counseling, or rehabilitation for juveniles and their families.
Langley’s term expires June 30, 2014.
05/13: DeWarren re-elected Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee
DeWarren K. Langley was re-elected to a third consecutive term as Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at the Annual Meeting held on May 20, 2013.
As Chairman, DeWarren works with the Vice Chairman in providing the overall leadership & management of the CAC in performing its duties, serves as a liaison between City & County Departments and staff by requesting & disseminating information to the CAC, draft policy and funding recommendations to the Homeless Services Advisory Committee, City Council and Board of County Commissioners, represent the Council in the community and work develop and submit an Annual Report to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners of work done by the CAC.
The CAC is responsible for working to preserve and improve the quality of life for citizens of Durham. The CAC proposes, monitors, reviews and make recommendations to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners on expenditure of $5.1 million in federal entitlement funds and dedicated funding source, housing & community development needs, and neighborhood stabilization & revitalization; and facilitate citizen participation in programs/activities that are financed with entitlement funds to improve housing quality & affordability and economic opportunities for low-and-moderate income families and homeless persons.
The CAC consists of fifteen (15) members appointed by the City Council and Board of County Commissioners.
Langley’s term expires June 30, 2013.
05/13: Langley served as Speaker at the 2013 Guest Leader Forum the LeaderShape® Institute at East Carolina University
DeWarren K. Langley served as a Speaker at the 2013 Guest Leader Forum the LeaderShape® Institute at Center for Student Leadership & Engagement at East Carolina University (ECU) held on May 14, 2013 at Camp Oak Hill Retreat Center in Oxford, North Carolina.
The LeaderShape® Institute, the flagship program of the nonprofit organization, LeaderShape®, Inc., is an intensive, energizing, and unique six-day educational experience designed to develop young adults to lead with integrity. The Guest Leader Forum was an opportunity for leaders to share insights and expertise with our 50 participants and 8 faculty members in an informal discussion setting. The vision of the Center for Student Leadership & Engagement at ECU is to create a premier center for the study and integration of leadership practices that fosters and sustains a culture of engagement, learning and responsibility for all students.
DeWarren explained that leadership involved nothing more than making a difference, creative positive change, motivating people to get things done, and eliminating everything that does not contribute to the mission and vision of the organization and/or effort they are leading. Additionally, he encouraged students to have SMART goals, find mentors willing to provide constructive feedback, focus on outcomes as leaders, remain humble and understand that leadership success is a process and not an event.
The Forum also included Mark Kobelinski, Agent at New York Life Insurance Company; Daniel Whittaker, Chief Creator & Sustainability Director at Green Planet Catering; Margaret Bradsher, Member of the Person County School Board and T. Greg Doucette, Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of T. Greg Doucette. PLLC.
04/13: DeWarren volunteered as Interviewer for the Durham YouthWork Internship Program
DeWarren K. Langley volunteered as an Interviewer for the Durham YouthWork Internship Program from April 14 - 22, 2013 at the Office of Economic & Workforce Development for the City of Durham.
As an interviewer, DeWarren interviewed 50 youth applicants to assess employment experience, academic performance, skills, extracurricular involvement and employment interest to rank the youth and make hiring recommendations. Langley also provided constructive feedback to youth applicants on responses to interview questions, advise on study & test taking strategies to improve academic performance and made suggestions on methods to develop skills for employment opportunities.
The Durham YouthWork Internship Program (formerly the Mayor’s Summer YouthWorks Program) offers youth ages 14-21 the opportunity to gain work experience and develop skills while connecting with City and County jobs and in various businesses around the City of Durham. Upon employment offers, all youth will receive a one week nationally recognized course to improve employability skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, professionalism and ethics.
04/13: Langley attended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Linking Affordable Housing + Transit Symposium
DeWarren K. Langley attended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Linking Affordable Housing + Transit Symposium, held at the Hilton Durham on April 17, 2013.
The City of Durham’s recent “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing” revealed opportunities for Durham to integrate and encourage affordable housing, affirmatively further fair housing, and facilitate public transportation use to achieve equitable housing and reduce social disparities.
Langley believes and supports believes a plan that would create synergy between housing, economic development and transportation by including innovative training programs for businesses relocating or expanding in Durham to improve the readiness of low-to-moderate income persons to meet the workforce needs and reserving affordable housing near future rail lines to connect to major employment centers.
The Symposium featured regional expert panelists in housing, transit, policy and development that will offer innovative tools and strategies for those public-private partnerships necessary to create affordable housing near transit-oriented development. In addition to the panel discussion, the luncheon keynote speaker was Bryan Greene the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
03/13: DeWarren represented INROADS, Inc. at the 2013 Spring Conference of the TRIO Student Support Services Program at North Carolina State University
DeWarren K. Langley represented INROADS, Inc. at the 2013 Spring Conference of the TRIO Student Support Services Program at North Carolina State University on Saturday, March 18, 2013.
As an alum of INROADS, Inc., Langley shared his previous internship experience, the benefits & rewards of interning through INROADS and the criteria for applicants. Of the 27 students attending the Conference, 20 students signed up for INROADS.
The TRIO Student Support Services Program (TRIO SSS) is a federally funded program that provides ongoing services throughout a student's college career. Student Support Services is designed to assist students who meet federal criteria to persist in their academic goals to complete a degree at a four-year college or university. TRIO SSS provides students with a variety of services designed to create an academically focused environment.
The 2013 Spring Conference consisted of workshops on building relationships with faculty, preparing for interviews, managing the demands of college, preparing for graduate school, financial decision-making and networking.