Vontyna Durham is a community leader and small business owner  from South Memphis, TN. She is dedicated and passionate about serving the community and helping others find their voice. 

Vontyna is a Memphis Native. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Community College, Teaching and Leadership. She served for thirteen years as a Code Enforcement Inspector in City of Memphis, Tennessee and City of Roanoke, Virginia. She is the founder/owner of Durham Youth Builders Academy which is a summer youth program for nontraditional students between ages of 14-22 years of age. The objective is keeping youth off the street by teaching them to “Put down the guns and pick up a Skill or Drill”™, rebuild and reinvest in their community by giving back. She is the Owner of Durham Housing Services, a blight elimination company that serves Memphis/Shelby county neighborhoods by boarding up abandoned properties, and providing tree removal and grass mitigation services.
She is well versed in working with the youth and young adults in the Memphis community through Durham Housing Services, the City of Memphis and a number of community-based organizations. The youth in her summer program gain hands-on experience in woodworking, property preservation, recycling, lead abatement, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication.
Her past work experience also included serving as detention officer for Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court system. She is currently a substitute teacher for the Shelby County Schools and a State of Tennessee licensed Home Improvement and Demolition Contractor in Memphis and Shelby County. She sees firsthand a lot of issues/problems our neighborhoods are faced with. Vontyna has served in all branches of government and is knowledgeable of various laws, ordinances and legislations. She has fought and been an advocate for change in our community.
Ms. Durham is an entrepreneur and the CEO of her life and movement. She continues her pursuit of serving others and makes an impact in her community. She is the founder and president of Durham Housing Services, Inc. whose mission is to provide cost effective quality housing and to preserve and restore homes to build communities.
Her latest creation, Durham Youth Builders Academy, was recently launched. It is her life-long dream and desire to start her own academy for the youth of the greater Memphis area. Now her dream is a reality!
The City of Memphis and several national organizations recently recognized Ms. Durham for her dedication and commitment to excellence, Memphis youth and young adults, and the greater Memphis community.
Vontyna is a catalyst for change in her community; she has impact the workforce through her company initiatives. She is currently a local contractor for City of Memphis and Shelby County Government.
Vontyna is part of several community organizations and initiatives in Memphis and Shelby County:

2018 Greater Chairman Circle Award Ascend Business Development Award 

2017 TSBDC Rising Star Recipient

2017 City of Memphis Best Community Partner Award
2017 Ascend Program Appointee (Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle)
2017 Inner City Capital Connection (ICCC) Memphis Cohort,
2016 SBA Emerging Leader Graduate
City of Memphis Propel Graduate (office of Diversity)
Co-Chairman of Women Investment Network (Memphis Investor Group)
Her calling has and life’s work says it all. 



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    “I have known Vontyna Durham for more thsn 10 years! From day one, Vontyna has been on a mission to better herself, family and community! Vontyna is a Woman of God and she has a genuinne passion for others. Her campaign slogan, "From the people, for the people" sums up her being and position in her race to become a member of the Sbelby County Board of Commissioners! Vontyna is a true native Memphian and was raised in real Memphis communities from Gernantown to Downtown to Uptown to Orange Mound! Vontyna has a wealth of knowledge and she has a well-rounded educational background where she has earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from THE University of Memphis! Ms. Durham has a diverse work history and experience from working for the City of Memphis and she has years of experience with the US Military (Coast Guard) and with the US Government.. Ms. Durham is an advocate for abused women and she has years of experience in working for and with several charities and non-profit organizations including H.O.O.P.S. for the Hungry! Vontyna is a family woman who has successfully raised two daughters and to sons to become fine young ladies and gentlemen. We often refer to Vontyna as a figher and that is because she had to fight and beat the odds to become the outstanding young lady and role model for so many that she is today! I am so proud to know Vontyna and to be on be on Team Vontyna! In closing, I would like to say, at one time, Vontyna fought with her hands, but as she grown and developed her character through many trials and tribulations that you couldn't even imaginge! It guves me honor and pleasure to know that Vontyna is fighting with her mind, passion, education and experience and all for the people! Vontyna Durham is truly from the people, for the peoole.. I am Timothy Antoinne Stroud, founder of H.O.O.P.S. for the Hungry non-profit organization. Helping People Overcome Poverty and Starvation... And I approve this message!”

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    “I have known Vontyna Durham for more thsn 10 years! From day one, Vontyna has been on a mission to better herself, family and community! Vontyna is a Woman of God and she has a genuinne passion for others. Her campaign slogan, "From the people, for the people" sums up her being and position in her race to become a member of the Sbelby County Board of Commissioners! Vontyna is a true native Memphian and was raised in real Memphis communities from Gernantown to Downtown to Uptown to Orange Mound! Vontyna has a wealth of knowledge and she has a well-rounded educational background where she has earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from THE University of Memphis! Ms. Durham has a diverse work history and experience from working for the City of Memphis and she has years of experience with the US Military (Coast Guard) and with the US Government.. Ms. Durham is an advocate for abused women and she has years of experience in working for and with several charities and non-profit organizations including H.O.O.P.S. for the Hungry! Vontyna is a family woman who has successfully raised two daughters and to sons to become fine young ladies and gentlemen. We often refer to Vontyna as a figher and that is because she had to fight and beat the odds to become the outstanding young lady and role model for so many that she is today! I am so proud to know Vontyna and to be on be on Team Vontyna! In closing, I would like to say, at one time, Vontyna fought with her hands, but as she grown and developed her character through many trials and tribulations that you couldn't even imaginge! It guves me honor and pleasure to know that Vontyna is fighting with her mind, passion, education and experience and all for the people! Vontyna Durham is truly from the people, for the peoole.. I am Timothy Antoinne Stroud, founder of H.O.O.P.S. for the Hungry non-profit organization. Helping People Overcome Poverty and Starvation... And I approve this message!”

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