Last 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
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.
Last Monday, we embarked on our second College 101 tour of the year, courtesy of the friendly folks at UAB Admissions. Sophomores from Woodlawn and Carver visited the campus to hear more about departments and majors, learn about financial aid, and UAB’s new micro-scholarship program Raise Me. See pictures from the day below.
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.
This year, we entered into a new partnership with construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie to support students in the Academy of Architecture and Construction at Huffman HS through the Bridging the Gap program. Last Thursday, students kicked of the year with a tour of Brasfield & Gorrie’s corporate office to learn about careers in professions such as scheduling, estimating, project management, and virtual design and construction (VDC). Check out the pictures below to see what our students got to experience!
Last month, the entire sophomore class at Ramsay High School was invited to UAB as part of College 101 for a tour that catered to their own academic interests. Participants sat through sessions on Education, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, and more – and, they also got a pretty cool t-shirt.
We are off to a great start in this fall’s Career Development Conference. Our presenters are in classrooms, talking to students about how to be better public speakers, and we can’t wait to hear what our students have to say. We’ll be continually adding photos to this album throughout the semester, so check back in from time to time to see who will be in Birmingham City Schools next.
On June 2, Ed partnered with the staff and congregation at Guiding Light Church for our second Raise Up! event. The evening’s conversation focused on the issue of bullying in schools, and included panelists Chris McCauley, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center, Lyord Watson of the Birmingham City Board of Education, Waymond Jackson for the BBA and others.
Real Life Poets staff joined students in Ms. Salter’s class at Jackson-Olin High School to help them write short poems about the challenges they face in school and in life. Each author was then recorded reading his or her work and each was submitted as part of the Raise Up Project, a national hip-hop and spoken word contest.