10/9/15: Career Development Conference on Networking

Last Friday, we hosted our first Career Development Conference on the new school year with our partners at Birmingham Rotary and Rotaract Clubs. Students sat through several conversations about dinner etiquette, elevator pitches, and coffee conversations; experience several rounds of speed-networking; and each got a professional headshot from volunteer photographer Jonathan Purvis! Check out photos below to see how the day unfolded. Continue reading

7/25/15: Ed’s First Annual Network Gathering

This past Saturday, we hosted our first ever (and in the future, annual) Ed Network Gathering with 200 of our closest friends in the Birmingham community. Students, parents, educators, and partners joined us at Social Venture in Woodlawn to celebrate success stories and share information about how to work together to improve outcomes for students in Birmingham City Schools. We had a blast – check out the pictures below to see for yourself. Continue reading

Student Voice: Moriah Craig and Christian Addoh-Kondi on Career Development Conference


Wenonah student Kiaria Murray pitches an idea for a Prostate Cancer Walk to honor her late father.

It’s been a few months since our fall Career Development Conference and we have yet to recap the day for you but we hope that it was worth the wait.

Today, we are releasing a short film produced by 1504 Pictures that really captures the excitement we feel for this program, the power of partnership, and the potential of our students. Continue reading

2/5/15: Carver Academy of Engineering at Alabama Power’s TAC

Yesterday, 10th-grade students in the Academy of Engineering at Carver High School were hosted by engineers from Alabama Power at the company’s Technology Applications Center in Calera.  A division of the marketing department, the TAC hosts engineers that test products for a number of industrial and corporate partners to find the most energy-efficient solutions for their products and businesses.  Get a glimpse behind the scenes from the photos below. Continue reading

11/21/14 – Career Development Conference

This past Friday marked the first iteration of the Career Development Conference on public speaking for 12th-grade students in the Birmingham City Career Academies.  Students from six Birmingham City high schools came to the Harbert Center for a full-day of professional development around public speaking, including sessions on story-telling and executive presence, and group-feedback sessions with Birmingham Rotary Club members.  Check out the photos below to see more.


Student Voice: Huffman’s Bernard Ball and Maritza Sanchez on Brasfield & Gorrie and Bridging the Gap

img_0249At Ed, we always celebrate the addition of new partners to our roster, and are especially excited to announce Brasfield & Gorrie as the new signature partner for Huffman’s Academy of Architecture and Construction as part of the Bridging the Gap program. On October 16, Brasfield & Gorrie welcomed students to their offices for the first time, engaging students in a day filled with hands-on experiences to expose them to careers in construction. Continue reading

10/29/14: Alabama College Preview Day at Carver High School

Yesterday, Ed kicked off a brand-new College 101 initiative at Carver High School with the first Alabama College Preview Day.  This year, Ed will support a series of in-school presentations for Carver Juniors featuring over 10 different post-secondary institutions from around the state of Alabama.  Each time, a group of 15-20 students will be selected to eat lunch with the admissions representatives after the informational sessions, ask questions, and learn more about the institutions that catch their attentions.  Check out pictures from our inaugural event featuring UAB, Birmingham-Southern, Samford, and Miles College.