Birmingham is one of the few municipalities in the country with a division or department that specifically addresses issues directly impacting its youth population. The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) connects youth to opportunities through innovative, partnerships, programs and services to achieve success.
In 1992, a Youth Advisory Commission was formed to address teen pregnancy, education and illiteracy, youth gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and unemployment problems affecting Birmingham’s youth population. From this Commission, Birmingham’s Division of Youth Services was created. DYS currently serves youth in Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods, 23 communities, and 9 city council districts.
Ten years later, the SECURE Youth Task Force was commissioned to develop strategies that would help to increase opportunities for self-sufficiency, employability and the overall quality of life for youth in the City of Birmingham. SECURE is an acronym for Support, Encourage, Counsel, Understand, Respect, and Enrich. Based on the strategies outlined by the Task Force, DYS developed a comprehensive, four-pronged approach to serving youth. In 2019, DYS added a fifth prong that addresses the needs and concerns of the community.
PRONG I: DYS Disseminates Youth-Related Information.
PRONG II: DYS Advocates Youth Inclusion & Participation.
PRONG III: DYS Maintains a Network Collaborative Partners.
PRONG IV: DYS Provides Youth Development Programs
PRONG V: DYS Assists With Monitoring City-Funded Youth Initiatives.
In 2018, Mayor Randall L. Woodfin released his strategic plan for the City of Birmingham, The Woodfin Way. DYS’ goal under this plan is to promote High-Performing 21st Century Education & Workforce Development Systems in the City of Birmingham. This goal encompasses the following steps:
- Partner with BCS and other partners to establish early childhood learning centers.
- Align existing Kids and Jobs programs with partners, industry leaders and workforce pipeline goals.
- Expand capacity and enhance quality of current workforce development programs to help the city retain young talent.
- Partner with the Board of Education so that every student can graduate with a diploma and an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate.
Birmingham and its Division of Youth Services has also achieved national recognition, being honored multiple times as winners of both Playful City USA and the America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.
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City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services
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