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March / 2017

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UAB Men’s Basketball vs. Florida Atlantic



Contra Dance!

Birmingham Zoo

7:00 p.m. Bartow Arena

Railroad Park For more info: CLICK HERE

YWCA 7:00 p.m. For More Info:

3:30 P.M. Woodlawn Branch Library

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February as part of our “Bridging the Gap” initiative. The program aims to bridge the gap between youth and past generations. Throughout the month of February, DYS recognized eighteen (19)

The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) celebrated this year’s History in the Making Honorees during a special reception on February 28th at the Birmingham Public Library. WBRC FOX6 News Anchor, Steve Crocker served as the keynote speaker.

Birmingham young people and groups who have impacted the community and who are continuing to leave their mark on the pages of history.

DYS launched History in the Making during the month of

Each honoree and their accomplishment was featured via


our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The celebration culminated with a special reception where each young person celebrated this month received an award. Because we know that history is continuously being made, we will recognize young achievers throughout the year and honor them in our History in the Making segment of our newsletter. If you know of a young person up to the age of 21 who is making history, we want to know about it! For more information on how to nominate a deserving young person who is History in the Making, contact DYS at (205) 3200879.

Do you have a talent for writing? This new citywide contest for building short story writers offers the chance for students to earn prize money and recognition. Three middle school and high school winners will be announced by April 20th. Submissions: All stories must be fiction, although the subject will have well-drawn characters and an original voice. It is highly recommended that students revise their work, only submitting their story after multiple drafts. All entries must by typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced. Maximum length: 1,500 words. All submissions should be sent in a word document attachment by email to wordsmithscontest@gmail.com. Email should include the following information: student’s name, story title, school, grade, English teacher, phone number and e-mail address. Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.


This summer, DYS and FOX6 will put hundreds of Birmingham youth to work through this program. Kids & Jobs is designed to help cultivate the professional development necessary for youth and young adults to become an integral part of the workforce. EXPOSURE (14 & 15 Year-Old) PROGRAM Participating students will receive first-time exposure to the workplace. The EXPOSURE COMPONENT of the Kids & Jobs Program gives deserving Birmingham youth who might otherwise not be given the chance an opportunity to experience the workplace for the first time.

The EXPLORER PROGRAM provides students from 16 to 21 years of age with an introduction to the workforce and a chance to explore one of the various professions offered. SUMMER EXECUTIVE INTERNSHIP The EXECUTIVE PROGRAM provides students from 16 to 21 years of age with a unique opportunity to establish a foundation for their career path. Applications will be available online at www.bhamyouthfirst.org and http://www.wbrc.com/ beginning March 20, 2017. For more information, contact DYS at (205) 320-0879 or visit us online at www.bhamyouthfirst.org.

Birmingham Zoo Freestylin’ Camp

Birmingham city schools Spring Break

Freestylin’ is a new way to do Zoo Camp! Campers will have the freedom to choose their activities throughout the day…including Zoo hikes, games, ride the train, carousel or slide, and or crafts

March 27th—March 31st

Spring Break is just around the corner for Birmingham parents . If you are looking for something for your child to do, we’ve got you covered. The are several youth service providers offering Spring Break camps and experiences for area youth. Take a look at some exciting opportunities available for your child! *See additional camps on the attached camp calendar.

Dates: March 27-31, 2017 Time: 8:30-3:30

Gross Out Camp Ruffner Mountain Nature Center Fresh Air Family is offering their award winning Gross Out Day Camp in the Birmingham area. Expert naturalists will lead students in the great outdoors to explore the best, worst, and the grossest nature has to offer! Activities include hikes, creek stomping, crafts, journaling, and live animals!

Dates: March 27—31, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Interested in signing your child up for Day Camp, swim lessons, or another Youth Development program? The YMCA of Greater Birmingham has dozens of programs available! CLICK HERE To find a program near you!

Calling all Birmingham youth mentors! The Adolescent Mentoring Program needs you to volunteer your time and positively affect the life of a young person today! The goal of the AMP is to reduce juvenile delinquency, in our city, by facilitating the creation of one-on-one relationships between at-risk youth and caring, consistent adults. Help a young brother (or sister) out and allow them to maximize their potential by setting goals for themselves and achieving them. Must be at least 23 years of age and never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation. For more info:

Huffman hoping to inspire others with music

Timothy Huffman, a 19-yearold drummer, and his jazz group (Official Clutch Band) is taking the city by storm. Huffman started the group with his younger brother, bassist Wesley Huffman, guitarist Mitchell Bain, keyboardist Byron Thomas and with vocalists Angel Williams and Jay Lambert. Timothy’s mother says at just three years old, he developed an ear for music. His appreciation for the art grew as he matured, peaking, during his time at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Join a world of pure imagination...

Carver High School will present 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,'' March 8-11. For more information on show times and admission: CLICK HERE

He also volunteers his time entertaining residents at area nursing homes during the holiday season. Today he hopes to inspire others with his soothing melodies which is no wonder Official Clutch Band is taking off. For more information about The Official Clutch Band, CLICK HERE! Timothy Huffman Official Clutch Band drummer

Join the action….

The SIAC will host their women’s and men’s conference basketball championship in the Bill Harris Arena from February 27March 4. For more information: CLICK HERE

Running excitement….

The BCS Middle School Track Invitational will be at Parker High School beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information on the event and costs: CLICK HERE

01 Cottontails, Arts, Crafts and Gift Show! March 3rd –5th @BJCC Are you looking for a one-ofa kind party dress for your little princess? Do you need a personalized Easter basket stuffed with candy, toys, and games? Spring shopping is fun and simple, when new exhibitors join your favorite vendors from Christmas Village to display fresh new ideas and crafts all in the comfort of the BJCC.

Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, Going Places is an interactive science exhibition that explores the technology humans have developed for travel. If you have ever wanted to pilot an airship, ride on a hovercraft, or control traffic in a city, now is your big chance! As well as exploring the technology that gets us around everyday, visitors will explore the way that travel has shaped the social fabric of our time. Visitors will also see new technology and get a glimpse of where our future is headed. With 17 interactive exhibits and 8 information kiosks detailing the incredible technology

pioneered by humans to make the farthest reaches of our planet accessible, Going Places will be a wild ride! The exhibition covers many areas of physics and technology, as well as dealing in personal or human interest areas of transportation and moving things around. For more information, visit www.mcwane.org

02 13th Annual Chili CookOff March 4th @Brookwood Village The Chili Cook-Off is The Exceptional Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. This is a fun, quirky, outdoor party offering good food, drinks and friends! For

03 Alice in Wonderland, Jr. March 3rd—12th @Virginia Samford Theatre Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Alice in Wonderland, Jr. is a fastpaced take on the Disney classic tale.

Family Involvement Program will host its 15th Annual Parent Camp on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Sixth Avenue Baptist church from 8:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. The day will begin with a continental breakfast and fun ice breaker to get camp participants smiling and moving. There will be three interactive sessions in the areas of music, science and physical fitness. Parents are encouraged to dress comfortably. For more information, contact Mechelle Rice Fields at mfields@bham.512.us

Saturday, March 18th 9:00 a.m. Ramsay High School Gymnasium $5.00 Admission Kids 5 and under Free

Hackety Hack is a downloadable app where kids write simple programming code. Students learn the Ruby programming language. Then they are walked through simple programming examples. They can apply what they learn by creating their own programs. The programs they create are basic, including how to ask questions and draw shapes. Hackety Hack is designed to enhance students reading, logic, and critical thinking abilities. Therefore, it is ideal for teens. Price: FreeDevices: Downloadable AppAges: 13+

Spotlight on youth march 2017  

Greetings friend of Birmingham youth! In the March 2017 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter you will find information on the culmi...

Spotlight on youth march 2017  

Greetings friend of Birmingham youth! In the March 2017 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter you will find information on the culmi...

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