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Educate Local is a menu of programs offered to students in the Birmingham City School system to support their academic, professional, and personal success. Through Educate Local, Ed engages a variety of our Birmingham assets – partners in local businesses, higher education, and community organizations – to help close the opportunity gap between our students and those in neighboring districts. Generally, Educate Local will expose students to the wealth of opportunities available to them in Birmingham in three areas: College Access, Career Awareness, and Essential Skills. Educate Local programming will seek to:
- Expand educational and cultural opportunities for students in Birmingham City Schools by engaging a variety of local partners.
- 700+ total hours of opportunities/activities facilitated by BEF
- 4,000+ students engaged through BEF programs
- 400+ individual volunteers
Bridging the Gap
BTG is a career-awareness program offered to students in the Academies of Birmingham and GEAR UP cohort that gives them the opportunity to learn about their personal and professional talents and discover a wide variety of career pathways that exist in their fields of interest through site-visits and hands-on learning sessions. All activities will support the NAF work-based learning continuum and standards.
- 10 120-hour paid internships offered to Academy students
- 12+ careers highlighted per Academy
- Completion of Personal & Professional Strengths and Interest Inventory by GEAR UP cohort students
Career Development Conference
CDC is a multi-year curriculum offered to students in the Academies of Birmingham and GEAR UP cohort that connects them to current leaders in the community who provide high-level professional development on essential skills such as entrepreneurship, networking, interviewing, and public speaking. The CDC is produced as part of a joint-partnership with the Birmingham Rotary Club.
- 10 formal public-speaking opportunities for student participants
- Overall aggregate growth on interview skills
- Creation of LinkedIn profile with professional headshot
- Completion of Lean Model Canvas by GEAR UP cohort students
C101 is a year-long campaign to support and promote a growing college-going culture in Birmingham City high schools through college tours, FAFSA prep, and in-school presentations to increase awareness of and preparedness for post-secondary options. College 101 is made possible by funding from the Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company United.
- 80% completion of FAFSA by Academy seniors
- 75% of participating students sign-up for UAB’s Raise.me micro scholarship program
- 800+ 9th-grade students will attend academic college tours at UAB
- Comprehensive 9-12th College Knowledge pilot program at Carver
- Presence from 12+ Alabama post-sec institutions at Carver
Click here to read blog posts and see photos from Educate Local events.