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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.

03/13: Langley featured on “CityLife” for the City of Durham
DeWarren K. Langley was a guest on “CityLife” for the Office of Public Affairs for the City of Durham with LaVerne Brooks, Senior Executive Assistant to the Office of the City Clerk to discuss the importance of citizen volunteerism on boards, committees and commissions for the City of Durham.  To view the March 2013 episode, click here.

CityLife”, hosted by Beverly B. Thompson, Director of the Office of Public Affairs, features information on current City issues and upcoming events that affect the lives of Durham citizens.  “CityLife” airs daily at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

During the segment, DeWarren explained that participation in local boards, commissions and committees allows citizens to provide important advice and recommendations to elected officials and city staff which substantially advance efforts to improve the quality of life for all citizens through program and service development& delivery.  He encouraged citizens should consider joining boards, commissioners and committees to be a partner and advocate in the collective effort to make Durham the best place to live, work and play.

Langley serves as Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee which works to enhance housing quality & affordability for citizens of Durham by advising the City Council and Board of County Commissioners on housing and community development needs and make annual recommendations on entitlement funding to sub-recipients.  Additionally, DeWarren serves as Vice Chairman of the Civilian Police Review Board which hears appeals of complaints submitted by citizens concerning actions taken by Durham police officers.

02/13:  DeWarren receives prestigious 2013 Outstanding Citizen Spectrum of Democracy Award from NC Center for Voter Education
DeWarren K. Langley was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Citizen Spectrum of Democracy Award in honor of vital contributions to make North Carolina’s democracy & government better, specifically by working to create genuine & meaningful opportunities to engage youth with policy makers in program & service delivery through the Durham Youth Commission and Kids Voting Durham.  The Award was conferred by the North Carolina Center for Voter Education at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on February 21, 2013. To view the video profile, click here.

When presenting the award, the NC Center for Voter Education mentioned that since his teen years, DeWarren has been serving his hometown of Durham. At the age of 16, he founded the nonprofit Teenagers Politically Active, which was instrumental in the City Council's creation of the Durham Youth Commission, designed to advise local officials on issues facing the area's young citizens. Mr. Langley is currently a member of several boards, including Kids Voting Durham, where he plays a key role in engaging young people in politics and elections.

The North Carolina Center for Voter Education is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and involving citizens so they may fully participate in democracy.

02/13: Langley volunteers for Mayor’s Summer Youth Works Program Kickoff
DeWarren K. Langley volunteered with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Works Program Kickoff, Employing Durham’s Youth, held at Holton Career & Resource Center on February 15, 2013.

As a volunteer, Langley disseminated information about the kickoff to youth service agencies throughout the Durham community, assisted students with completing their applications by assessing their skills, developing job descriptions and verifying the accuracy of applications prior to submission for consideration of summer jobs.  DeWarren is a strong advocate for youth employment opportunities and believes such opportunities are critical in aiding youth in developing the professional skills required of the workforce.   Summer employment provides youth with the opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts of the classroom in practical work place challenges. 
 
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Work Program offers Durham 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.

Langley has volunteered with the Program since 2007.

02/13: DeWarren elected Vice Chairman for Youth Civic Engagement of Advisory Board of Kids Voting Durham
DeWarren K. Langley was elected Vice Chairman for Youth Civic Engagement of the Advisory Board of Kids Voting Durham.

As Vice Chairman of Youth Civic Engagement, DeWarren will work to ensure youth have genuine and meaningful opportunities to work with each other & local policymakers to assess their needs and direct programs & services to those needs.  Langley strongly believes civic engagement provides youth with opportunities to acquire new skills to become informed, engaged, and full participants of the democratic process as adults.

Kids Voting Durham is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps young people discover their power as citizens. Kids Voting Durham empowers students to let their voices be heard through an authentic voting experience, classroom engagement and community activities.

Langley has served on the Advisory Board since February 2008.

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