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Press Releases

2016

National Summer Learning Day is Here (July 14, 2016)

SAIL (Summer Adventures in Learning) Will Celebrate the Importance of Summer Learning in Birmingham and the Black Belt Region (June 24, 2016)

SAIL PARTNERSHIP SURPASSES $2 MILLION IN GIVING IN FOUR YEARS TO SUPPORT ALABAMA’S CHILDREN (April 18, 2016)

 

Articles in the News

2016

Vulcan Awards (November 2, 2016)

Jim Wooten, SAIL Board Chair, Receives Vulcan Award for SAIL Program (October 28, 2016)

Junior League of Birmingham to Deliver Books to Students on July 14 (July 7 – 14, 2016)

Playing Baseball to Learn Math (July 7-14, 2016)

Foundation Trying to Help End Summer Learning Slide (July 13, 2016)

Theo Ratliff Students Learn the Consequences of Underage Drinking (July 12, 2016)

Plant a Seed: The Yellowhammer Learning Project (May 1, 2016)

2015

Summer Adventures Prepare Students for the School Year (August 13, 2015)

Breakthrough Birmingham Summer Program Simultaneously Sharpens Students and Budding Teachers (March 18, 2015)

2014

Not in My Backyard (September, 2014)

2014 Sawyerville Day Camp Sessions to Incorporate A New Literacy Project (June 12, 2014)

SAIL Partnership awards more than $675,000 in grants to prevent summer learning loss (January 22, 2014)

2013

Setting SAIL (July 17, 2013)

SAIL Program helps Birmingham Students Close the Summer Learning Gap (July 9, 2013)

 

2012

Combating the Summer Slide: Birmingham Coalition Gives Nearly $500,000 in grants to Prevent Summer Learning Loss (December 18, 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Career Development Conference Speaker Line-Up is here!

This Friday November 21 marks the first of two events this year as part of Ed’s annual Career Development Conference and curriculum, and the first ever to encourage and equip students in the art of public speaking.  This year, our presentation line-up includes five local professionals – who will each be bring their own unique talents and experiences to the Conference.  Learn more about them below.

IMG_2179-150x150Jim Belk, Jim Belk Speaking: “Who’s Speaking Here, Anyway?”

Jim Belk found his passion for speaking in high school.  After thousands of speeches, he became convinced that much of what we have been taught about speaking is actually the source of much of our fear – and needs to be flipped. His use of video and ideas from all kinds of thinkers makes his material original, fun, funny, and off-the-wall. He is a public speaking/business communications researcher, blogger, consultant, and trainer/coach.

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Allison Blankenship is no stranger to busting barriers.  She bounced back from qualifying for food stamps to become one of the first female regional directors in a 5-star hotel company.  After winning the Jim Barber Leadership Award for the state of Florida, she wrote 4 books, founded a women’s honorary at Auburn and was named the Florida Speaker of the Year.  Allison specializes in establishing executive presence, creating buy-in and becoming a dynamic presenter.

11334088-large-2Marcus Carson, Growing Kings: keynote

Marcus Carson is a native of Birmingham, AL, and grew up in the Titusville neighborhood. He attended Glen Iris Elementary, Center Street Middle, and graduated from Huffman High School in 2003 with honors. After two years of living in Charlotte, NC and working as a financial analyst, Marcus soon realized that his passion lie in helping young men who have similar backgrounds of his own, but lack the direction and/or support that were provided to him by his family and through his faith. The lessons learned growing up in an economically disadvantaged environment, coupled with the life skills and exposure opportunities presented to Marcus during his collegiate and professional career,  provided the framework for a vision that led to the founding of Growing Kings.

natalie-kelly-my-green-birminghamjpg-d2f22e62861af367Natalie Kelly, My Green Birmingham: keynote

A long-time proponent of green living and an advocate for sustainability initiatives, Natalie Kelly put her passions to work by creating Birmingham’s first online community-oriented, green living resource. In February, 2009, Natalie founded the website, MyGreenBirmingham.com based on a need to serve and enhance Birmingham’s growing interest around greener lifestyles. It wasn’t long before it soon became well-known as “the local guide to green living.” A second site, MyGreenMontgomery.com, serving the city of Montgomery, Alabama, later followed. Natalie’s passion for helping people become empowered by better quality of life through greener, more sustainable living choices, has led her to build a brand and business devoted to sustainability progress at both local and national levels.

imagesTaylor Robinson, Six Foot Five Productions: “Tell A Great Story”

The narrative thread of story weaves itself through Taylor Robinson’s life. This West Texas native has helped a myriad of organizations see that a great story told well is the most powerful tool they can use to communicate their vision. Taylor has crafted campaigns for many faith-based organizations such as Compassion International, Radical, LifeWay, and numerous other organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee. Taylor is also one of the co-creators and hosts of a thriving live storytelling event called Arc Light Stories. Arc Light features “True, Personal Stories, Told In Person.” Whether it is advertising or entertainment, Taylor has honed a deep understanding of how to take the raw, seemingly disparate elements of a story.

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With College 101, Ed takes college admissions to lunch!

c101_1This spring, the 2014 College 101 campaign will provide multiple opportunities for Ed and several Alabama colleges and universities to interact with students and equip them with important information about the college admissions process.  As part of the program, Ed staff are visiting each high school during designated lunch hours to setup College Entrance Requirements Tables (ERTs).  Students that stop by an ERT receive individualized reports detailing the GPAs and ACT scores they need to get into the schools of their choice, have the opportunity to submit their contact info to receive more information, and are encouraged to commit to goal-setting and academic planning early in their high-school careers.

To learn more, visit the College 101 program page, check out this article on Al.com, or watch the short clip below that aired recently on WIAT CBS 42.  To find out when the next ERT is scheduled at your school, email us at info@edbirmingham.org.