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JANUARY / 2017 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 1—8, 2017

January 14—15, 217

January 14, 2017

January 16, 2017

January 19—22, 2017






Hands on Birmingham


9:00am—5:00pm McWane Science Center For more info: (205) 714-8300

Another successful Holiday Campaign!

11:00am—4:30pm BJCC

Birmingham Civil Rights District

For more info: CLICK HERE


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

Assurance Financial - Birmingham

BJCC For more info: CLICK HERE


Your generosity brought in dozens of toys, which helped DYS service hundreds of Birmingham youth and their families.

ARC Realty

For more info: CLICK HERE

For more info: Handsonbirmingham.org

2016 Youth First WIAT42 Holiday Campaign - Toy Distribution Day

Birmingham Crossplex

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Brik Realty

and all anonymous donors.

Danberry at Inverness Fox Mortgage , Inc. H&R Block Mortgage Banc Ray & Poynor Properties

A special thanks to all 2016 Holiday Campaign partners WIAT CBS42, Birmingham Fire & Rescue, America’s First Credit Union, Dreamland BBQ, and Allstate Insurance - The Marcus Agency.

At 7:00pm on Friday, December 2 nd, 2016, the Ramsay High School Football Team had one thing in mind – to become the 2016 Alabama 6A Champions. The players and their coaches saw that goal accomplished two hours later. Ramsay earned a 21-16 win in the Class 6A state championship game against Opelika High School at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, an afterschool special-inspired season finale for a high school football program which 40 years ago, disbanded.

20 years. Harley, and senior and the game's MVP, finished with his last high school football game for the ages: 21 carries for 158 yards and 132 passing yards with three touchdowns. He danced and dodged through Opelika's defense, buying himself time to throw or in other cases, find a lane. Teammate Jamarcus Ellison added 49 yards on 19 carries. Ellison also caught a 48-yard pass. The Rams returned to football in 2012, suffering through a onewin season and two wins the following season.

The team, led by quarterback Baniko Harley, made history, when it brought the Championship back to Birmingham after more than

Ramsay High School 2016-2017 Football Team and Coaches. Ramsay became the 6A Champions on December 2, 2016.

It’s never too late to start building a better understanding of your personal finances and begin developing a plan for the future. Check out this FREE workshop for some money management tips. For more info: (205) 226-3691

The Miles Golden Bears are a member of the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Come out and see both the Women’s and Men’s teams hit the court! For more info: For more info: (205) 929-1063

High school track & field teams will compete against regional competition in the 2017 Martin Luther King Indoor Track & Field Classic. Hosted by the Birmingham City Schools, this track meet is always one of the highly anticipated track meets at the CrossPlex. For more info: www.birminghamcrossplex.com


Drawing 2,000 high school athletes it’s a must see event

Birmingham Crossplex

Mayor Bell with a special family

Birmingham Fire Department

Allstate Insurance - The Marcus Agency

16th Street Baptist Church Men’s Ministry

January 19 —22, 2017 BJCC Legacy Arena Experience a Circus Light Years Beyond the Expected! Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Launch into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World™. Children Of All Ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Your entire family will be amazed by this cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns. For more info: www.ringling.com/out-of-this-world

Hands On Birmingham's Annual MLK Jr. Day of Service will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017. Turn your day OFF to a day ON by volunteering! If you have questions regarding this service day visit Handsonbirmingham.org.

January 14—15, 2017 11:00am—4:00pm BJCC LEGO models, displays and winding trains sprawled out over 58,000 square feet. BrickFair brings together adult fans of LEGO from across the USA and 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 BrickFair are great fun for the whole family! Join in a game or two - maybe win a LEGO set. For more info: www.brickfair.com

the podiums, which have historically only been used for the SEC and NCAA Championships. Additionally, Elevate has joined in a unique philanthropic partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama and Camp Smile -A-Mile. These two outstanding organizations will receive recognition and proceeds through ticket sales, sponsorships, and in-venue promotions at this meet.

January 29, 2017 Doors open @ 2:30pm BJCC ELEVATE gymnastics presented by BancorpSouth is a neutral site gymnastics meet featuring the University of Alabama and Auburn University on Sunday, January 29th, 2017, Legacy Arena at the BJCC.


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

For more info: www.elevatethestage.com/

If you earn $54,000 or less - you qualify!

January 28, 2017 11:00am—2:30pm Boutwell Auditorium The Chinese American community will celebrate Lunar Chinese New Year in Downtown Birmingham at Boutwell Auditorium. The festival will showcase ancient arts and crafts, dance, music and food. Focus on extravaganza colorful stage show and culture booths.

United Way works closely with the Internal Revenue Service and other qualified partners to provide free income tax preparation to individuals earning $54,000 or less. Tax returns are prepared by IRS Certified Preparers and are filed on-line through secure IRS systems. Seeking Volunteers – we are currently seeking volunteers to prepare tax returns and serve as in-take greeters. If you would like to volunteer and receive free IRS Certified training visit www.uwca.org.

January 21, 2017 7:30am—11:00am Rosewood Hall at SoHo Square

01 Dance Across Birmingham January 7th @ BJCC North Exhibition Halls A community celebration that offers a day of FREE classes in styles ranging from hip-hop, belly dance, praise dance, African dance, Latin dance, folk dance, dance fitness, and more. No experience necessary! Our classes are designed for beginners of ALL AGES and include creative movement classes for your pre-schooler.

Lace up your big red floppy clown...uh, running shoes! You going the distance means a family doesn't have to! Run for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at SoHo Square in Homewood as we run to keep families close. 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

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings to life the classic and timeless fairy tale, Cinderella, a romantic tale of true love to glorious life, with more than 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful take on this classic performance.

03 30th Annual Pioneer Classic Wheelchair Basketball January 13th—15th @ Lakeshore Foundation Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious wheelchair basketball tournaments in the nation, 17 adult and youth teams totalling more than 150 athletes will compete for Division I and II/ III titles. Lakeshore's adult and youth teams will be competing and will face teams from across the country.

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/

02 The State Ballet presents Cinderella January 15th @ Lyric Theatre

Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) in their mission to keep families close.

Janaury 15, 2017 3:00pm Alys Stephens Center | Jemison Concert Hall Join us for our annual celebration of the legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. This year we are joined by actor Brandon McCall for a presentation spotlighting Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” We’ll also commemorate the 100th anniversary of Scott Joplin’s death, and will be joined by up-and-coming soprano and Birmingham-native, Allison Sanders. In Partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. For more info: http://alabamasymphony.org

Now that 2017 is just around the corner, have you thought about setting a new goal? Maybe it’s to learn a new language or to play an instrument. Maybe you can plan a visit to your closest National Park (Fourth graders, you can get in for free!). Whatever is important to you, here are a few suggestions from Kids.gov to get your new year started: Make smart food choices. Test your knowledge about food and how to eat healthy with these games. Save money for something you want. Budgeting is easy, but you have to be patient. Learn about earning, saving, and responsible spending. Read more. Whether you decide to start your own collection, or borrow your favorite books from the local library, reading is a rewarding experience. Get recommendations from the Library of Congress. For more suggestions, visit www.kids.gov

January 14th, 2017 7:00am Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

metro area schools that will line up along the race course to keep the beat as the runners and walkers make their way.

The MLK Day 5K Drum Run is a fun and active event to celebrate the MLK Day holiday weekend. Since its 2012 inception in Atlanta, GA, the race has grown to over 2000 runners/walkers and featured over 200 drummers from metro area schools and groups.

When each approved organization signs up as a team, $5 of each team member's registration will be returned to that organization for use in community efforts of its choice.

The MLK Day 5K Drum Run/Walk is a celebration of the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in Birmingham, Alabama. Starting and finishing in Kelly Ingram Park in the Civil Rights District, race participants come from diverse and creed to celebrate the meaning of populations that include all the holiday in a fun and fitness way. demographics, races, cultures, genders The race features drumlines from the

January 6, 2017 From the wheel to smart phones, technology has been changing the world. January 6 is the day to recognize those achievements and to look to the future of technology. Imagine a world without technology. In our technology is at the center of most jobs these days. From agriculture, healthcare and fitness to entertainment, food service and security we use technology to keep us organized, connected, healthy and safe. One area of the tech world that continues to advance and affect our lives is apps (short for applications). With the advent of smartphones, apps are way more than just games or photo editing. If you haven’t made any resolutions yet, resolve to check out these trending apps: 

Tack App – Tack App lets you pick any folder or drive on your PC/Mac or your entire Android device and make it accessible directly through your StoAmigo personal cloud.

Circle of 6 – When talking about personal safety, this is a tool you might consider having. It’s designed to quickly and discreetly get help in dangerous situations. By simply tapping twice, pre-written messages are sent to designated recipients, GPS location included.

For more info: CLICK HERE

For more information or to register, visit www.mlkday5kbham.com.

Spotlight on Youth - January 2017  

Happy New Year friend of Birmingham youth! This month, DYS highlights its 2016 Youth First Holiday Campaign.

Spotlight on Youth - January 2017  

Happy New Year friend of Birmingham youth! This month, DYS highlights its 2016 Youth First Holiday Campaign.

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