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JUNE / 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


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Remember that special DAD in your life.

Vulcan Park and Museum

Regions Field

Uptown Entertainment District

For more info: www.visitvulcan.com

For more info: CLICK HERE

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

For more info: CLICK HERE

take free guitar lessons lead by Guitar Center. Thanks to all of our vendors who participated in this year’s event:

The City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services hosted the 3rd Annual SMART ARTS FESTIVAL at the UAB Mini Park on Saturday, May 14th. Each year, DYS hosts SMART ART to expose young people to the many cultural arts opportunities available in the city of Birmingham. This was not your ordinary cultural arts fair. Young people and their families enjoyed hands-on art activities, games, prizes and an introduction to the many avenues of the arts. Attendees also were able to

Magic City Smooth Jazz Music for Kids School Southern Museum of Flight Make It Happen Theatre Co. Birmingham Botanical Gardens Vulcan Park & Museum Sprint Technology Zone Real Life Poets Art Play Sloss Furnaces Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Holy Family Cristo Rey TIFCA Birmingham Barons Vulcan Park & Museum Eugene’s Hot Chicken Birmingham Fire & Rescue

For more info: www.bcri.org

For a list of Father’s Day Activities around Birmingham


2016 Valedictorians and Salutatorians Named!

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities. Safety is no accident. It's a choice we need to make throughout our entire lives. Whether it's driving without passengers as a newly licensed teen, finding alternatives to prescription painkillers in middle-age or fall-proofing the bathroom as an older adult, we're all empowered to make safe decisions for ourselves and those we care about.

Birmingham City Schools is celebrating its top students. During graduation ceremonies for each of the seven high schools in May, Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan along the faculty, staff, and families recognized the Valedictorians and Salutatorians leading each graduating class. CARVER HIGH SCHOOL




ANDREA BETTIS—Salutatorian



MAYA E. QUINN—Valedictorian (Gates Millennium Scholar) NATASHA L. BURRELL—Salutatorian WENONAH HIGH


BRIANNA ADAMS—Valedictorian NATALYN D’ERRICO—Salutatorian


For more info: CLICK HERE

HUFFMAN HIGH STANLEY LOUIS, III—Valedictorian (Gates Millennium Scholar)

Looking for simple and meaningful Father's Day activities that will help you bond with your Dad? Check out these fun father-son and father-daughter activities for children of all ages and dads with all different interests. You're sure to make lasting memories!

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, 2016

Take Dad to a Birmingham Barons game. Before the big game, stop by the National Baseball League Museum. If Dad is looking to go on safari, how about a trip to the Birmingham Zoo. You can even treat Dad to a train ride through the forests. For those scientific Dads, check out the McWane Science Center on Father’s Day.

For more ideas on how you can show Dad a good time on his special day, CLICK HERE.

SUMMER IN THE CITY Swimming Lessons At Birmingham City Pools





Carmike Cinemas

Cooper Green

111 Dorothy Drive SW


$4 includes small popcorn and a small drink


5400 Crestwood Blvd


E.O. Jackson

601 15th Avenue North


East Lake

116 84th Street N | 35206


East Pinson Valley

3099 Jefferson State Pkway | 35215


East Thomas

700 13th Avenue W | 35204



1101 Five Mile Road | 35215



7500 66th Street S | 35212


M.L. King

529 43rd Street N | 35222


MacMahon (Harris)

2720 Avenue W, Ensley



2701 F,.L. Shuttlesworth Drive



1115 Avenue F, Ensley | 35218



524 6th Avenue S | 35217



2700 15th Avenue N | 35234


Roosevelt City

5904 Higan Avenue



1021 26th Street S | 35205



3301 Jefferson Ave SW | 35221



1220 McMillian Avenue SW


(Indoor Pool)

Session I: June 6th—17th 10am & 11am

Session II: June 20th—July 1st 10am & 11am

Session III: July 4th — 15th 10am & 11am

Session IV: July 18th — 29th 10am & 11am

Swimming lessons are offered for $5 per session. City-operated swimming pools are open during the summer season from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an admission fee of $1.00 per person. Please call pool offices for current schedule and admission fees at (205) 254-6371.

Summit & Lee Branch locations: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am Week of 6/2 Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip Week of 6/7 The Croods Week of 6/21 Home Week of 6/28 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Week of 7/5

Kung Fu Panda 2

Week of 7/12 Monsters v. Aliens Week of 7/19 Rio 2 Week of 7/26 The Peanuts Movie ----------------------------------------------

Iron City Summer Movie Series beginning on June 14th, Iron City Bham will be transformed into a movie theatre every Tuesday night in June & July! Bring your friends and family to see family friendly films on our 240 sq. ft. HD projection screen! 6/14 FINDING NEMO 6/21



Get the kids out of the house this summer with free bowling and free roller skating opportunities at select locations around Birmingham. To learn more or to find a skating center near you, visit www.kidsskatefree.com. To learn more or to find a bowling alley near you, visit www.kidsbowlfree.com.









Doors open at 6:00pm, Movie at 7:00pm

education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. Maya and Stanley are among 1,000 students who will be awarded a scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities.

Birmingham City Schools Seniors Maya Quinn and Stanley Louis II are recipients of a very prestigious honor. Both have been named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which is the UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) flagship scholarship program unveiled its class of 2016 in late April.

Maya, a graduate and the 2016 Valedictorian at Ramsay High School plans to attend Samford University. Stanley, a graduate and the 20515-2016 Drum Major at Huffman High School plans to attend Alabama State University.

2016 Gates Millennium Scholars—Maya Quinn of Ramsay High School, and Stanley Louis, II of Huffman High School.

Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, including graduate school funding for continuing Scholars in the areas of computer science,

Fundraiser for The Salvation Army

The 3rd annual Steel City Jazz Festival is an event that you will never forget. With our phenomenal line up, easy access and discounted ticket prices, this festival experience is the ultimate value for Smooth Jazz enthusiasts from around the country!

Congratulations to both students!

FREE and Open to the Public

Let’s create a special summer reading T-shirt! Bring a clean, plain, white T-shirt to the children’s desk and we’ll screen print it with a special design. The whole family is invited to decorate our shirts to make them a masterpiece!

For more info: CLICK HERE For more info: (205) 226-4085

FREE and Open to the Public

The Miss Alabama Pageant stands as as hining example of what can be accomplished when college women are challenged and encouraged to achieve ambitious goals.

For more info: www.missalabama.com

a solution to tackle a number of challenges plaguing our society in ways that benefit kids growing up in poverty.

It’s the sixth consecutive year the city has received the honor! The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) proudly announces that once again Birmingham is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the 6th time! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. This year, 257 communities from across the country were recognized as a 2016 Playful City. These family-friendly cities were selected for their leadership in making it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play in their neighborhoods, and have committed to integrating play as

Don’t Miss the 2016 Juneteenth Cultural Arts Festival Join BCRI's Annual Juneteenth Culture Fest on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11 am to 8 pm at Kelly Ingram Park in the historic Civil Rights District. This free, familyoriented event features music, food vendors, contests, free admission to BCRI galleries and other special activities. For More Info: (205) 328-9696, ext. 234 For a history of Juneteenth CLICK HERE.

Birmingham is being recognized for making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in the city. Some of these programs include the Youth First NObesity Expo, Summer Sports Series, Take a Child to the Doctor Day, Harvest Festival and many, many more. DYS is one of the only youth focused governmental departments in the country that provides programming tailored to getting kids active. Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through familyfriendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

Food will be available all day. Just walk around from Egg to Egg and don't June 11th 10:00am—1:00pm Regions Field

forget to vote for your favorite! Enjoy

Join us for the 4th Annual Big Green

Kids Zone with Moonwalks,

Eggs in the Ham Presented by

playground, face painting and games!

the food and learn techniques/tips!

AllSouth Appliance. Pack a picnic blanket, and chairs. Event Details:  Volunteers work in a variety of roles at the Zoo, including

animal care, education and

Saturday, June 11th at Regions


For more info:

Open to public from 10:00am until



guest services. Please know that volunteering at the Zoo is

Cooks sign in and set up at 7:00am

a serious commitment. Adult

Lighting of the Egg kicks off at

volunteers are asked to serve


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.

Thursday, June 23 & Friday, June 24 Help students get a jump on their college applications by having them work with Birmingham-Southern faculty and Writing Center staff members this summer! How do students write something that’s unique, captures their identity, and helps them stand apart?

There are several types of volunteers: Adult Volunteer Opportunities Teen Volunteer Opportunities Group or Community Volunteers Special Event Volunteers

In this two-part workshop, students will:

/www.birminghamzoo.com/get -involved/volunteer/

Practice sample prompts

Compose a draft essay

Review successful college admissions essays

Learn strategies for writing personal narratives

Receive resources for polishing the final essay

Meet with BSC admissions counselors to get the inside scoop

The program is FREE and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

To register, email Lucas Johnson at ljjohnso@bsc.edu or call him at 205-2264842.

BSC can’t wait to help students get into the school of their dreams!

The most anticipated birthday celebration in Birmingham is just around the corner!


Woodlawn Street Market June 4th @ Historic Woodlawn Woodlawn Street Market is an urban street market, in the heart of Historic Woodlawn, conceived for those who are always searching for unique, specialty creations. Patrons can expect merchants selling produce, goods, and prepared food, along with a few homegrown restaurants and retailers.

When your city is home to a 56-ft tall iron statue of a burly, bearded, bare-bottomed man, you celebrate him in style. Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue and one of the most memorable pieces of civic art in the United States, turns 112 this year, and we’re celebrating with his annual Birthday Bash on Sunday, June 5th, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Sing “Happy Birthday” alongside Mayor William Bell and other partiers during a fun -filled, family celebration held at Vulcan Park and Museum. Admission to the party is $5 and includes birthday refreshments as well as a wide variety of exciting activities for guests of all ages including:

 GameStop

next-generation game

Station · Face painting and Balloon Art · Birmingham Zoo · Birthday Cake & Bounce House

For more information, visit visitvulcan.org.


Magic City Chocolate Challenge June 16th @ Old Car Heaven On June 16, 2016 Disability Rights & Resources will once again present the Magic City Chocolate Challenge, bringing area bakers, chefs and caterers together for a friendly challenge to see who can create the best chocolate dish! We are inviting you to be a part of this signature event that benefits individuals with disabilities. This event will be a fun event for everyone, featuring chefs creating their best chocolate dish.

Summer Reading 2016 The Birmingham Public Library has a summer of fun planned with activities, programs, and prizes for children, teens, and adults. Register for Summer Reading 2016 at your favorite branch, or visit BPL's summer reading page to register online, log your books, view the library event calendar, and more.


Children's summer reading programs

Bring It! Live June 27th @ Alabama Theatre Bring It! Live will give fans the chance to become part of the action as they see Miss D and her Dancing Dolls perform their never-before-seen routines live onstage at the Alabama Theatre on June 27th at 7:30pm.





Adult summer reading programs

Poetry In You Contest, Summer Poetry Seminars to Be Held at Birmingham Public Library Roderick Woods has been hosting free Poetry In You workshops at various Birmingham Public Library locations and city schools for 14 years. In addition to several free poetry workshops being offered at three area libraries this summer, on July 23, Woods will be hosting the first Poetry In You Contest at the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library. The winners will receive $1,000 in cash, gifts, and prizes.

June 24th Birmingham Public Library The Birmingham Public Library is excited to host Score Big with the Cotchery Foundation. Jerricho Cotchery, one of Birmingham’s native sons, has teamed up with BPL to host yet another amazing series of events for the 2016 teen summer reading program. Qualified Get In The Game, READ participants will have the opportunity to attend a free teen tailgate party at the Central Library on June 24, 2016. Visit any BPL location for more details and to register. For more information: www.bplonline.org

Where can your school, library, or community group find free or low-cost books for kids? There are a number of national organizations as well as local programs you can turn to for help filling the shelves of your library, classroom, or literacy program and putting books into the hands and homes of young readers.

First Books First Book is a national nonprofit that has provided more than 135 million new books to children in need. In neighborhoods across the country, First Book unites leaders from all sectors of the community to identify and support community-based literacy programs reaching children living at or below the poverty line and provide them with grants of free books.

Kids Need to Read To help underfunded communities create a culture of reading, Kids Need to Read accepts requests for books from libraries, schools, and various literacy programs through an online application at http://community.kidsneedtoread.org/? page_id=1916

. For more resources, visit www.jcllc.org

Spotlight on Youth - June 2016  

Greetings friend of Birmingham youth! Be sure to check out the 2016 Vals and Sals and Spotlight on Youth sections as we highlight dynamic yo...

Spotlight on Youth - June 2016  

Greetings friend of Birmingham youth! Be sure to check out the 2016 Vals and Sals and Spotlight on Youth sections as we highlight dynamic yo...

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