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MAY / 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 May 7, 2016

May 14, 2016

May 14, 2016

May 28, 2016

May 30, 2016

Girls on the Run Community 5K

SMART ART 2016

DO DAH DAY

THE COLOR RUN

MEMORIAL DAY

11:00am—7:00pm

8:00am—12:00pm

Caldwell Park

Marconi Park

11:00am - 3:00pm UAB Mini Park (Univ. Blvd & 14th St S.)

Uptown Entertainment District

For more info: (205) 287-2952

For ore info: (205) 320-0879

9:00am—11:00am

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test their teamwork and professional skills. After a series of interviews and teamwork challenges, the top six students were selected by area companies: Celeste Caster A.H. Parker High School Revamp Health, LLC Birmingham tuned in on April 28th to watch the 2016 Kids & Jobs Draft. With the help of the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services’ (DYS) staff and FOX6, six participants competed to win paid internships with companies looking to hire Birmingham’s best and brightest young people. Selected from the top students across the Birmingham Metropolitan area, participants went through a rigorous process to

Chrisian Cowart Corner High School D1 Sports of Birmingham

Take time to remember those soldiers who have died for our country.

Jamerial Gardner G.W. Carver High School Cumulus Media (Hot 107.7/Jox 94.5) Dave Bangoy Woodlawn High School The Bolling Law Firm

Jailyn Maddox Hoover High School The Company Media Group Myron Turner Ramsay High School 2016 Draft Participants

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May 14th | 11:00am - 3:00pm UAB Mini Park (Univ. Blvd & 14th St. S) On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the UAB Mini Park will be overflowing with arts enthusiasts, intrigued parents…and of course, Birmingham’s youth. The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) will host its 3rd Annual SMART ARTS FESTIVAL, designed to expose Birmingham youth to the many cultural arts opportunities available in the city.

Urban Service Camp (USC) is a community service camp and much more. Get ready to do fun and educational service projects, workshops, and games that introduce campers ages 13-18 to the benefits of helping their community and the barriers to doing it. Campers make new friends from all over Greater Birmingham. USC utilizes Birmingham’s amazing desire to help others to introduce youth to community needs and service. Youth come away from camp with an experience of building a community, new relationships, and an empowered self. For more info: urbanservicecamp.com

This FREE youth cultural arts event will be held from 11 AM until 3 PM. The UAB Mini Park is located on the corner of University Blvd and 14th Street S. SMART ART Highlights:  FREE Event for Birmingham youth and parents looking for information about cultural arts opportunities for their youth  FREE Interactive Games & Prizes  Guitar Center Instrument Discovery Zone featuring FREE guitar lessons

Register for the four week summer camp today!

The Eureka! Teen Achievement Program is a four week summer day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders. The camp runs from June 24th-July 26th from 8:00am-5:00pm at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Business and Engineering Complex. Since 1993, Girls Inc. has offered the Eureka! Teen Achievement Program. Eureka! is designed to promote confidence and competence in girls while they explore fields like engineering, architecture, medicine and, digital technology. This is a STEM based program that offers hands-on projects, adventure sports, field

 Activities include live performances, demonstrations, and children’s activities  Over 20 vendors in the areas of performing arts, arts education, careers in arts and visual/media arts  This youth arts festival will bring together ethnic and cultural groups, dancers, theatre groups, balloon artists, bands, singers, jugglers and storytellers.  SMART ART is an explosion of creativity + fun This is not your ordinary cultural arts fair. There will be something for the whole family. Enjoy hands-on activities, games, prizes and much more while introducing your child to the many avenues of the arts. The SMART ART experience can last a lifetime.

For more information about SMART ART, contact DYS at (205) 320-0879.

trips, college tours, and exposure to academic disciples/STEM careers. The cost is $325 which covers the annual membership fee and program participation. Annual activities include monthly STEM and personal development sessions. The intensive science, math, technology and adventure sports program is open to girls entering the eighth and ninth grades. Space is limited! For more information, visit http:// www.girlsinccentral-al.org/eureka.php


As winter changed to spring, the students at Birmingham’s Putnam Middle School changed into scientist. On Wednesday, March 16th, the education staff from Friends Birmingham Botanical Gardens teamed with Alabama Cooperative Extension System to lead a pollinator field trip for more than 100 Putnam Middle School students. The ongoing, two-week pollinator program is spearheaded by Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Students utilized the apiary, the Southern Living Garden and explored artifacts from the collection at the Archives found at The Library at The Gardens. Last academic year at The Gardens, more than 45,900 adults and children took advantage of educational programming at Alabama's largest living museum. The Gardens can provide free programming, like the field trip with Putnam Middle School, with fundraisers like Spring Plant Sale.

Putnam Middle School students

For more information about The Gardens and its pollination projects, contact Ellen Hardy at 205-414-3953.

FREE Family Fun

For over fifty years, the Boys Choir has served the Birmingham community offering the clear choral sound only created by young boys’ voices. For more info: birminghamboyschoir.com

Presented by Red Mountain Theater

Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. For more info: CLICK HERE

When the witness protection program sends aspiring DISCO diva Deloris Van Cartier to a struggling convent after she sees her boyfriend commit a murder, Deloris takes her act to the nun’s choir where she finds an unexpected sisterhood. For more info: (205) 324-2424


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Buffalo Rock Company Those lucky students aren’t the only

01 Free Comic Book Day May 14th @ Avondale Brewing The 15th Anniversary of Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 7, 2016. Over 2,300 comic book shops across North America and around the world will give out over 6 million comics. Visit

freecomicbookday.com for locations

02 Happy Birthday Itty Bitty Magic City May 14th @ McWane Science Center Itty Bitty Magic City is turning one, and it’s time for a party! Join us for a celebration at McWane Science Center with special programs, live entertainment, outdoor activities, and even birthday cake!

03 Birmingham Barons Baseball vs. Montgomery Biscuits May 19th—23rd @ Regions Field The Barons look to continue their momentum at Regions Field which was named the top Double-A ballpark by Baseball America. In its first three seasons, the Barons have welcomed over one million fans to downtown Birmingham.

ones who will head to work this summer. Hundreds of 16-to-21 year-olds also applied to participate in the Summer Executive Internship (SEI) program. Participants will get an opportunity to gain experience in their chosen career paths. Hundreds of Birmingham’s 14 and 15-year-olds also came out at the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham Crossplex in anticipation of participating in the Kids & Jobs Program. This summer, DYS and FOX 6 will put hundreds of youth to work through this program. Selected students are placed with both public and private entities.

with the teachers and they affect their lives on a daily basis.

May 2nd—6th National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is celebrated on Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week which is the first full week in May of each year. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”. Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction. We entrust our children

OBSERVE It is time to say “Thank You” to the special teachers that you know. Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do. Use #TeacherAppreciationDay to post on social media.


BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOL 2016 GRADUATION DATES All seven high schools in the Birmingham City School System will hold their graduation ceremonies at the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham Crossplex. Carver High School Monday, May 16, 2016 10:00 AM Ramsay High School Monday, May 16, 2016 1:00 PM Woodlawn High School Monday, May 16, 2016 4:00 PM

Huffman High School Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:00 AM Wenonah High School Monday, May 16, 2016 7:00 PM

Jackson-Olin High School Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:00 PM Parker High School Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:00 PM

Don’t forget to remember that special MOM in your life! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th, 2016.

Give kids small jobs in the kitchen and praise their efforts. Children are much less likely to reject foods that they helped make. Fore more suggestions wwww.myplate.gov

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This week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and Rio hopefuls at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Day Countdown event in Times Square to announce nationwide commitments to get nearly two million American children active as part of Let’s Move!. For the full recap of recent activities and to get involved, visit the Let's Move! blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

This was the first DigiGirlz Day in Birmingham and was the result of a wonderful collaboration between Microsoft, the City of Birmingham, Birmingham City Schools, Tech Birmingham and McWane Science Center, in fulfillment of the Digital Alliance Agreement signed between the City of Birmingham and Microsoft last year. The DigiGirlz attendees came from 27 area schools. DigiGirlz is one of Microsoft’s signature programs to invest in Science, Technology,

Engineering and Math (STEM) education for young women and build a pipeline of future workers ready for the challenges of the global economy. The Microsoft DigiGirlz Day was developed to provide girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about and provides girls with opportunities to learn about careers in technology, talk with Microsoft employees about their life experiences, and enjoy handson computer and technology workshops. Following the keynote, the students participated in three segments including Hour of Code, Build Your Personal Brand, and Electronic Engineering Experience. Thanks to all for an incredible DigiGirlz Day Birmingham!


Move! has actually moved America in a healthier direction.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: a great time to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) youth need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day where they live, learn, and play.

Let’s Move! Active Schools, an initiative that engages school and community leaders to provide students with more opportunities to be physically active before, during and after school, has welcomed the participation of more than 8,200 schools—more than 3.5 million students nationwide, since its launch.

Research shows that when children are physically active, they achieve higher grades, record better attendance, and their behavior improves. Put simply, active kids do better. Just over four years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move!, an initiative designed to end childhood obesity within a generation and create a brighter future for our nation’s youth. Today we can say that Let’s

With summer just around the corner, how do you get the kids to put down those electronic devices? It seems these days that kids are operating electronic devices such as smartphones practically moments after being born. Just take a look around any local playgroup or playground: You’ll be likely to see kids as young as 2 or even younger clutching mom or dad’s phone to play games or view videos. When it comes to technology, kids are not only starting to use it at a younger age, but are using it in more varied situations, both at home and at school. Today, technology for kids is a source of learning and entertainment, and in a pinch when parents have to get dinner made or take a few minutes to answer emails, a terrific babysitter. For school-age kids, technology can be a double-edged sword. There are countless benefits that can be garnered from using technology: Computers can be used to do research, play online math games, and improve language skills. Television (and DVDs) can offer educational programming such as documentaries and other educational materials. For more info: http://childparenting.about.com


Spotlight on Youth - May 2016  

Spotlight on Youth - May 2016  

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