Agape Corner has been a beacon of light in East Durham since 1981 operating a tuition-free boarding school, welcoming vulnerable youth and sharing the good news that God loved them and had a plan for their lives. Over the years, hundreds of students from East Durham and across the United States have enjoyed tuition, room and board free of charge through the hard work and tireless perseverance of staff, volunteers and financial supporters.
Today, Agape Corner retains the same core values upon which it was founded and which continue to guide us, namely unconditional love, deep connections with others and thankfulness for God's love and provision. To this end, we now help young adult men grow personally and spiritually by providing:
Affordable, quality housing.
Training and well-paid employment at an Agape Corner business or an outside business.
Mentoring and coaching from mentors with whom they live.
To transform our community in East Durham where every man will reach his full potential; socially, economically and spiritually.
We are building a community with comfortable housing, job training and well-paid employment, and mentoring so that young men from non-nuclear families can thrive and flourish.
Quality, comfortable, affordable housing
Training and well paying jobs
Mentoring and community
What We Do
Agape Corner provides opportunities for single young men, primarily from non-nuclear families, to be trained for and employed in well-paying jobs and to live in affordable, quality residential housing with mentors. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. The men at Agape Corner learn from and encourage one another to live lives that maximize their potential. Our desire is to see young men flourish holistically - socially, economically and spiritually.
Why Young Men?
Multigenerational poverty is intricately intertwined with the collapse of the nuclear family (particularly in the inner city) and it disproportionally affects African Americans. Almost 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers and grow up without fathers who have voluntarily abdicated their responsibilities for a committed relationship and for caring and mentoring their children. These families are far more likely than traditional nuclear families to be poor and to pass that poverty on to their children. The United States is now a two-family nation, separate and unequal; one generally educated, thriving and intact, and the other struggling, broken, and far too often African-American. We believe one of the best ways to help break this cycle is to show young adult men the inherent value of committed relationships providing opportunities to grow and thrive holistically.
How It Works
Agape Corner provides (i) affordable, quality residential housing, (ii) training and well-paid employment and (iii) committed mentoring, in a community about one mile east of downtown Durham, N.C. Houses are open to single young men 21 years or older (Mentees) who believe that God has a plan for their lives and wants them to flourish. Mentees live with and are mentored by single older men (Mentors) who typically are either graduate students or have careers outside Agape Corner. Mentees are in school, job training or working in one of Agape Corner’s businesses. When they’re not working or studying, Mentors and Mentees spend time together, sharing meals and participating in social activities.