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FEBRUARY / 2016

William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor Cedric D. Sparks, Sr., Executive Director 1608 7TH AVENUE N | BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203 | PH: (205) 320-0879 | FAX: (205) 297-8139 | www.bhamyouthfirst.org

UPCOMING EVENTS February 1, 2016

February 5 –6, 2016

February 6, 2016

CHILDREN OF THE CIVIL AHSAA INDOOR TRACK 10TH ANNUAL CHINESE RIGHTS MOVEMENT & FIELD NEW YEAR 10:00am 11:00am CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham Civil Rights Institute For more info: (205) 328-9696

5:00pm & 8:00am

February 12—14, 2016

February 15, 2016

MERCEDES -BENZ MARATHON WEEKEND

MILES COLLEGE BASKETBALL VS. STILLMAN

Boutwell Auditorium

Linn Park / Boutwell Auditorium

For more info: (205) 257-1716

For more info: (205) 870-7771

Birmingham Crossplex For more info: (205) 279-8900

5:30pm & 7:30pm

Miles College For more info: (205) 929-1063

families. There is something for everyone. Join DYS as we BRIDGE THE GAP this February. February 1st – 5th “What Do You Know?” - BLACK HISTORY SCAVENGER HUNT Birmingham youth will explore the historical treasures of Birmingham while searching for answers. Youth should return their completed trivia forms to the DYS office by Feb. 10th to obtain tickets to the musical production, Tuxedo Junction at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 2pm. Tickets are available first come, first served. The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) launches BRIDGING THE GAP in observance of Black History Month. All month long, Birmingham youth and their families are invited to participate in weekly activities aimed at “bridging the gap” between older and younger generations. BRIDGING THE GAP will empower and educate by creating opportunities for youth to learn about Birmingham’s African-American figures that have contributed to the development of all; many of whom are right in their

February 13th “What’s that Sound?” - TUXEDO JUNCTION Enjoy a musical based on the early life of legendary jazz musician and Birmingham native, Erskine Hawkins presented by the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Witness the journey of a musician and athlete who learned that life is about making choices while experiencing live jazz music along the way. To secure tickets to this event, you must participate in DYS’ BLACK HISTORY SCAVENGER HUNT.

February 22nd “What in the World?” - THE COMPASSION EXPERIENCE Transport to another country and become inspired by the stories of youth on the other side of the globe while visiting The Compassion Experience. This event takes place at the Mountain Brook Community Church at 6pm. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 11th, reserve your spot by filling out the registration and returning it to the DYS office by Thursday, Feb. 18th. Reservations are first come, first served. February 29th “What did you Do?” CONVERSATIONS WITH LIVING HISTORY Birmingham youth and their families are (Continued on page 6)


February 6th 5:00pm - 8:00pm McWane Science Center Mark your calendars for McWane Science Center’s annual family-friendly event, Beaker Bash! This year’s event will take you out of this world on a Galactic Road Trip through the stars.

Volunteers work in a variety of roles at the Zoo, including animal care, education and guest services. Please know that volunteering at the Zoo is a serious commitment. Adult volunteers are asked to serve (at minimum) a full-calendar year; however, several adult volunteers have volunteered at the Zoo for a decade or more! Teen volunteer positions are available throughout the summer and fall seasons. The Zoo also offers a limited number of student internships during the summer, spring and fall semesters.

Visit new planets, meet strange lifeforms and even take a detour into a black hole. Funds raised through Beaker Bash directly support statewide science education programs throughout the year. To blast off on the galactic trip of a lifetime, visit www.mcwane.org!

dynamic presentations. The 2015 roster of speakers included marketing guru Terrie Williams, Brandi Harvey, Executive Director of the Steve Harvey Foundation and Yandy Smith executive producer of the television show “Love and Hip Hop.”

For a list of opportunities, www.birminghamzoo.com For the sixth straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy will be held on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. The Academy is one of the only summer institutes for minority teen girls to be held on an Ivy League campus. At the Well Academy is geared towards building leadership skills for minority girls entering the eleventh or twelfth grades of high school. This year’s Academy is scheduled for July 24 – August 5, 2016 at The Friend Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. In 2015, almost 50 teenage scholars attended the competitive program. The Academy offers dynamic speakers, standardized test-taking strategies, critical reading courses, college essay writing classes, tutoring, group activities, and field trips. Each year, special guests provide

The Academy provides on-campus housing at Princeton University that allows the students to experience college life in an Ivy League setting. The curriculum has been developed to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills along with increasing leadership confidence. Facilitators include business leaders, entrepreneurs, and Princeton University staff who teach select classes. Admission is competitive and teens must possess a 3.0 G.P.A, and offer an essay as well as academic recommendations. Scholarships are available and need-based financial aid is available on a first-come basis. The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2015. For more information, go to www.atthewellconferences.org


Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. To learn more about this historical month, and the accomplishments of African Americans. DOWNLOAD HERE FOR A LESSON IN GREAT BLACK HEROS.

February 14th is just around the corner! Need some unique crafts to keep the kids entertained this Valentine’s Day? These easy-to-throw together ideas are surprising, a little silly, and sure to delight your little sweeties. What's not to love? To take a look at the adorable crafts for your special little Valentine! www.realsimple.com

In celebration of Black History Month, Time Magazine is offering a special website highlighting the accomplishments of African Americans. The website, which offers a look at past and current accomplishments, invites teachers and parents to review information for students. www.timeforkids.com/minisite/black-history-month


The rigorous diploma program required Darnisha to take six tests outside of her normal school exams; write an independent study 4,000-word research paper; and do 150 community service hours. She then had to submit her tests, research paper and details about her community service to a group of examiners from around the world to grade.

When Ramsay High 2015 graduate Darnisha Crane enrolled in college this fall, she did what freshmen normally do. She learned her way around campus. She moved into her dorm room. She attended freshman orientation. But one thing that was different for Darnisha from the other freshmen was that she already had accumulated 15 college hours. By the time she started her second semester this month, she's considered a college sophomore.

She had to score at least 24 points to earn the IB diploma. She earned 25 points. Oh, and she also graduated valedictorian and received several scholarship offers. She's currently studying aerospace engineering at UAH.

How did she did earn those 15 college hours before even stepping foot on a college campus? By earning an International Baccalaureate diploma and participating in the IB program at Ramsay.

A One Woman Show

Darnisha is just one example of the good news coming out of Ramsay and its IB program, which started in 2013 and graduated its first students in 2015. To read the rest of the story, visit www.bhamcityschools.org.

Darnisha Crane, 2015 Ramsay High Graduate and UAH Sophomore

Don’t miss this exhibit featuring work from Birmingham youth

February 5th—6th Red Mountain Theatre

February 1st—March 27th Birmingham Museum of Art

Alabama native and MacArthur Fellow Billie Jean Young writes, directs, and stars in this one-woman show, an intimate portrayal of the triumphant spirit of Civil Rights icon, Fannie Lou Hamer.

Huffman High School art students, led by teacher Susan Pearson, explore their artistic talents in watercolor, pencil and pastel to portray the young, yet strong heroes of the American Civil Rights Movement.

For more info: www.redmountaintheatre.org

For more info: 205-328-9696

Unique family fun

February 28th Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center Samford University Side by Side with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will provide an afternoon of delightful music! For more info: www. alabamasymphony.org


young and old, from all backgrounds and cultural groups, to convey the importance of this Movement then and now. BCRI has placed special emphasis on helping teachers to explain the Civil Rights Movement to their students.

01 10th Annual Chinese New Year Festival February 6th @ Boutwell Municipal Auditorium To showcase ancient articrafts, dance, music and food. Focus on extravaganza colorful stage show and culture booths. Great for K-12 student’s diversity/ Asian educational learning. Come to explore China in Birmingham!

In celebration of Black History Month, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is providing lesson plans for K-12 students. Since its inception in November 1992, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has focused on educating the public at large about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and the rest of the country.

In 2013, BCRI updated its current curriculum guide, Making Connections, to expand the scope of Civil Rights Movement topics. For example, some lesson plans include the history about the Black Panther Party’s founding in Lowndes County, Alabama; the significance of Albert Einstein’s anti-racism work; and the influence the CRM had on Cesar Chavez and the farmworker’s movement. DOWNLOAD THE CURRICULUM HERE

The Education Department at BCRI is dedicated to reaching individuals,

02 In the Mood: A 1940’s Music Revue February 8th @ Alabama Theatre Now in its 22nd season, IN THE MOOD is a phenomenon among touring shows. This show is a celebration of American popular music. Featuring the IN THE MOOD Singers & Dancers and the fabulous String of Pearls big band orchestra you will be entranced and enthralled and entertained as you experience the music that moved the Nation’s Spirit!

03 Miles College Basketball vs. Albany State February 11th @ Miles The Miles Golden Bears are a member of the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2016 Do you know a student in grades 9-12 who has excelled in academics, given of himself/ herself through public service, overcome adversity, or inspired others through deeds and strength of character? If you know someone who you think should be recognized for these accomplishments, Alabama Public Television would like you to consider nominating them for the 2016 Young Heroes Awards. Five Alabama students will be honored this year. Nominees must be Alabama residents who are not more than 18 years old and are still attending school. The children's parent or guardian must give permission for the nomination, along with permission for Alabama Public Television to use the child's name or likeness on the air. All entry forms and supporting material must be received by February 19, 2016. The winners will be notified in March, 2016. For more information, visit http:// www.aptv.org/heroes/index.asp

Application Deadline: March 18, 2016 Alabama Public Television encourages children in kindergarten through third grade to get creative and take part in the 2016 APT YOUNG WRITERS Contest. Children can write about any subject they choose – fiction or non-fiction – in poetry or prose, and then create pictures to go along with their story. Each child’s participation will be recognized with a certificate, and state winners in each grade level will receive special prizes and the chance to see their book on TV and on APT’s website. See contest rules for details. The 2016 PBS Kids Go! Young Writers contest is an educational outreach initiative of Alabama Public Television. For assistance please contact Dwayne Johnson at djohnson@aptv.org For more information, visit http://www.aptv.org/rr/


 Awarding sixteen $3,500 and sixteen $5,000 scholarships in 2016 Apply before February 25th! To honor Black History Month, Regions is proud to once again offer the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest. Simply write an essay about an African-American who has inspired you and you could win $5,000 or $3,500 toward your college education. The Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest is:  Open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors

Application Deadline: February 28, 2016 The 100 Black Men of America’s National Scholarship application is available to students who maintain full time status at an accredited, post-secondary institution beginning in the fall of the year. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 and should be applied towards tuition, room, board, and books. Checks will be mailed from the World Headquarters office and made payable to the institution. For more info: www.100blackmen.org/education.aspx

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invited to celebrate Black History Month by coming out to hear living legends on as they share details about their historic contributions to Birmingham. Guests will be treated to oral presentations and will be able to take part in up-close-and-personal chats with living legends of their choice. For more info, contact Birmingham’s Division of Youth Services at (205) 320-0879 or visit www.bhamyouthfirst.org

Regions has awarded more than half a million dollars in total scholarships since 2012

 Accepting entries through February 25, 2016

For more info: www.regions.com/ridingforward


Technology has become integrated in the classroom in so many ways, that we often don't even think about how we are using it. The Education World Tech Team offers lessons and activities to help educators make better use of technology tools for instruction, and to help students improve their technology skills within the context of the regular curriculum. So, to help parents, teachers, and students make the best use of technology in schools and classrooms this year, The Education World Tech Team is sharing some of its favorite FREE technology integration lessons, activities, and strategies. Below is a list of a number of Internet-based activities for all grade levels. Puzzlemaker can be used by teachers and students alike to develop crossword puzzles, word searches, mazes, cryptograms, and more based on curriculum vocabulary and concepts. Brainbooster offers many activities that can be used to help students develop higher level thinking skills. ePals allows students to contact class or individual partners, work on writing skills, exchange weather information, compare communities, and make new friends around the world via e-mail.

Take virtual field trips to places connected to people or places students are learning about; for example Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Cleopatra's Palace, Alaska, or Appomattox. The Library of Congress has wonderful collections of music (both sound files and sheet music) that can help your music department contribute to a study American History. - See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech176.shtml#sthash.kBXWsmJY.dpuf


Spotlight on Youth - February 2016  

Greetings friend of Birmingham youth! Attached is the February 2016 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter and the Youth First Event...

Spotlight on Youth - February 2016  

Greetings friend of Birmingham youth! Attached is the February 2016 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter and the Youth First Event...

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