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JANUARY / 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 January 2—10, 2016

January 16—17, 2016





McWane Science Center


For more info: (205) 714-8300

For more info: www.brickfair.com

January 17, 2016

January 18, 2016


January 27 –29, 2016




Alys Stephens Center

For more info: www.handsonbirmingham.org

For more info: (205) 975-2787

For more info: www.ringling.com

2015 Youth First WIAT42 Holiday Campaign - Toy Distribution Day

ARC Realty

Sew Sherri Designs

Assurance Financial

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Another successful Youth First Holiday Toy Campaign!

Avast Realty

TJC Mortgage

Your generosity brought in more than 1200 toys which helped DYS service hundreds of families in Birmingham.

City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

We'd like to thank everyone who donated or volunteered their time to make the toy drive a huge success:

Fox Mortgage

Birmingham Crossplex

Danberry at Inverness

Palmer White

and all anonymous donors. A special thanks to all 2015 Holiday Campaign partners WIAT42, America’s First Credit Union, Dreamland BBQ, Allstate Insurance - The Marcus Agency, and Birmingham Fire & Rescue.

January 18th For the past 16 years the citizens of Birmingham and the surrounding areas have come out by the thousands to give back to their community on MLK Jr. Day of Service. We're proud and you should be too! You've refurbished schools, built homes for the needy, fed the homeless, cleaned up neighborhoods and socialized with seniors-the list is endless. All projects will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016. To register for a project visit www.handsonbirmingham.org or for more information on MLK Day of Service 2016 please contact Reginald May at rmay@handsonbirmingham.org Project Safe Neighborhoods and Community Policing and

 Contact your mentor directly to

Revitalization is seeking

express your appreciation;  Express your gratitude on social

300 volunteers to assist in a door survey on Martin Luther King Day observance (MLK), Monday, January 18th. There are two locations that the survey will take place.

For more info: www.handsonbirmingham.org

As a highlight of National Mentoring Month 2016, Thank Your Mentor Day™ will be celebrated January 21. On that day, many Americans will reach out to thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and had a lasting, positive impact on their lives. These are simple ways you can thank your mentor:

media.  Pass on what you received by

becoming a mentor to a young person in your community;  Make a financial contribution to a local

mentoring program in your mentor’s honor; and,  Write a tribute to your mentor for

posting on the Who Mentored You?

Birmingham Crossplex

Allstate Insurance - The Marcus Agency

Birmingham Fire Department

16th Street Baptist Church Danberry at Inverness

January 27th—29th BJCC Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! For more info: www.ringling.com

January 16th—17th 11:00am—4:00pm BJCC LEGO models, displays and winding trains sprawled out ver 58,000 square feet. Brick Fair brings together adult fans of LEGO from across the USA, Canada, and a few other countries to show off their projects, great and small, and to share their passion for LEGO - the most awesome toy - ever. LEGO fan festivals like Brick Fair are great fun for the whole family! Join in a game or two - maybe win a LEGO set. Vendors will be offering all things LEGO, including shirts, hats, mini-figures, custom-molded weapons, unique models, keychains and... really... everything you never imagined.

If you earn $53,000 or less you – quality! United Way works closely with the Internal Revenue Service and other partners to provide free income tax preparation to individuals earning $53,000 or less. Tax returns are prepared by IRS Certified Preparers and are filed on-line through secure IRS systems.

Call today for an appointment. We prepare taxes year round. Dial 2-1-1 or Call 888-421-1266

For more info: www.brickfair.com

High school track & field teams will compete against regional competition in the 2016 Martin Luther King Indoor Track & Field Classic. Hosted by Birmingham City Schools, this tournament features top notch competition at the beautiful Crossplex located in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham CrossPlex 2331 Bessemer Road Birmingham, AL 35208 For more information, call (205) 279-8900

community will be invited to be involved in the farm, where programs centered on cooking, nutrition and entertainment will be presented to promote healthful eating. "They were going for $15,000, but received $17,000. We are super excited about that, '' said Tashina Lee, coordinator of Arts and Environmental Science Academy.

Five Woodlawn High School students won a $17,000 UAB Community Health Innovation Award on December 2nd, to help strengthen the community through healthful events at their school in 2016. Nine teams competed for the UAB funding. Woodlawn High School was the only school to compete. After the students pitched their proposal and were later selected to do a 10-minute presentation before a panel of judges, the Woodlawn students were one of four groups selected to receive funding from UAB.

The students on the winning team are: Mariam Jalloh, Taylor Whitt, Sandy Brown, Mileva Svglin & Quantarius Williams.

The money will be used to run Woodlawn Connection, a student-designed series of Family Nights that will be held at the school's new Woodlawn High School Urban Farm. The

FREE day of community dance classes for all skill level

Dance Across Birmingham is a community celebration that offers a day of FREE community classes for anyone to experience dance in styles ranging from hip-hop, bellydance, praise dance, African dance, Latin dance, square dance, dance fitness, and more! For more info: danceacrossbirmingham.org/

The Jones Valley Teaching Farm will work as a partner in the urban farm program and Woodlawn Connection. Scotty Feldman, the Woodlawn High School Urban Farm program director, and Leroy Abraham, a Jones Valley Teaching Farm fellow worked with students on their proposal.

In 2016, Woodlawn's Arts and Environmental Science Academy will focus on growing produce in the school's urban farm, and the school's Business and Finance Academy will work on the marketing plan to sell the produce.

FREE day of community dance classes for all skill level

Retracing the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816, the audience is transported back to the age of steam to relive this alpine nation-building odyssey. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography and immerses audiences in a an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and a region of stunning natural beauty. For more info: (205) 714-8300

Support your hometown Blazers!

The Blazers host Old Dominion. Children age two and under are admitted free. UAB Students get in free with their valid UAB student ID.

For more info: (205) 975-8221


Magic of Model Trains January 10 @ McWane Science Center

Discover trains of every shape and size inside this popular exhibit which features over a dozen different train displays. Every set in the exhibit is designed to scale with the size of the trains. The meticulous detail of the scenery including covered bridges, downtown storefronts and of course, several train stations will keep your family entertained for hours!

Registration has begun for the 2016 Local Authors Expo & Book Fair at the Birmingham Public Library. This annual event provides an opportunity for authors from the Birmingham area to meet the reading public, autograph books, and network with other writers. The Expo will be held at BPL's Central Library at 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free for the public, but registration is required for authors who wish to promote and autograph their books.

So if you are a Birmingham author, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-localauthors-expo-and-book-fair-tickets20211280484 to register.


Elevate the Stage January 17th @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC

Elevate the Stage is a neutral site gymnastics meet featuring the University of Alabama and Auburn University. The meet, which is in addition to the SEC meet between Alabama and Auburn, will provide a championship caliber platform for the studentathletes. The event will be staged on the podiums, which have historically only been used for the SEC and NCAA Championships.


UAB Men’s Basketball vs. Rice University January 21 @ Bartow Arena

All fans ages three (3) and older must possess a ticket to UAB Men's Basketball games.

By: Chanda Temple The students at Arrington Middle School received a very distinguished honor from a very distinguished organization. The Alpha Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. gave $3,000 to Arrington Middle to enhance student interest and participation in science and math careers. Basileus Anthony Franklin shared vivid memories on how his experimentation with a chemistry set as a child, grew his interest and appreciation for the sciences. That exposure led him to follow his passion to research the sciences.

Principal Anthony Moss said the money will be used to buy science kits and help math and science teachers advance their curriculum. "We appreciate the brothers of Omega Psi Phi for thinking of us and blessing us with that donation for our math and science and teachers,'' Moss said. To read more of the story, /www.bhamcityschools.org

Lace up your big red floppy clown...uh, running shoes, and meet us at SoHo Square in Homewood on January 23rd for the 12th Annual Red Shoe Run. Participate in the 10 mile, 5k, or 1 mile fun run. No matter your training level, the Red Shoe Run has a race for you! The money raised from this event will be used to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) in their mission to keep families close. Each night 41 families who have traveled to Birmingham for pediatric care are able to stay together in an affordable, comfortable and safe place just minutes from their child's bedside. RMHCA takes away some of the financial stress and allows parents to focus on what's most important-- their child's health. For more info: www.redshoerun-bham.org

A new repayment plan, REPAYE, sets payments at no more than 10% of income and is available to Direct Loan borrowers regardless of when they took out their loans. It is a great option if you are having trouble paying your monthly student loan payment but make sure to know what you should consider before applying for REPAYE. How do I apply for REPAYE? You can apply for REPAYE—or any other income-driven repayment plan—on StudentLoans.gov. We’ve made some improvements to the way the electronic application works, so give it a spin. Looking for the lowest monthly payment? With four incomedriven repayment plans, it’s easy to overlook a plan or confuse a feature of one plan with another. Let us do the hard part for you. If you’re looking for the lowest monthly payment, there’s a box you can check on the application to request that your loan servicer evaluate you for all income-driven repayment plans, and put you on the plan with the lowest initial payment.

Reasons for Limiting Kids’ Exposure to Technology 

It may interfere with sleep. Getting enough sleep can be challenging enough for busy kids today who often have homework and after-school activities crammed into their weekdays and extracurricular activities and sports on weekends.

It may cut into family time/person-to-person interaction. When we are using technology such as computers, games, and TV, we are not interacting together. And given how difficult it can be for families to find some good quality time to spend with each other, having technology cut into those moments is something parents may want to prevent as much as possible.

It may encourage short attention span. Studies have shown that too much screen time may be associated with attention problems.

To see more about the impact of too much exposure to technology, http://childparenting.about.com

Spotlight on Youth - January 2016  

Happy New Year friend of Birmingham youth! Attached is the January 2016 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter and the Youth First Ev...

Spotlight on Youth - January 2016  

Happy New Year friend of Birmingham youth! Attached is the January 2016 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter and the Youth First Ev...

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