10/9/15: Career Development Conference on Networking

Last Friday, we hosted our first Career Development Conference on the new school year with out 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

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

Student Voice: Thank you to our partners (in our students’ own words)!

5Last month, Ed and Rotary Club brought together over 50 individual volunteers to pull-off the fall Career Development Conference on Public Speaking for seniors in the Academies of Birmingham at six-BCS high schools.  Over the course of three months, students participated in in-school sessions that equipped them with the knowledge and skills they need to choose a presentation topic, engage their audience, and develop an elevator pitch.  Their hard work culminated in a full-day professional conference, where they learned event more about the art of storytelling, executive presence, and how to develop a presentation.   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.


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.