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The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services continues to develop programs for the betterment of Birmingham’s youth. Below is a list of some of the programs and services currently offered to residents. For more specific details, call (205) 320-0879.

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Kids & Jobs Program
Kids-and-Jobs-logoEach spring, Birmingham youth are invited to apply for age-appropriate employment opportunities through the Kids & Jobs Program. DYS and Fox 6 put hundreds of Birmingham youth to work each summer.  Kids & Jobs is designed to help cultivate the professional development necessary for youth and young adults to become an integral part of the workforce.  For details on how to request an application, call DYS at (205) 320-0879.

 

  • EXPOSURE (14 & 15-Year-Old) PROGRAM 
    Participating students will receive first-time exposure to the workplace. The EXPOSURE COMPONENT of the Kids & Jobs Program gives deserving Birmingham youth, who might otherwise not be given the chance, an opportunity to experience the workplace for the first time.
  • EXPLORER PROGRAM
    The EXPLORER PROGRAM Provides high school students 16 years of age and older with an introduction to the workforce and a chance to explore one of the various professions offered.
  • SUMMER EXECUTIVE INTERNSHIP
    The EXECUTIVE PROGRAM provides college students up to the age of 24 with a unique opportunity to establish a foundation for their career path.
  • SEI students can apply for the Literacy Leaders Program.
    • SEI Students majoring in Education or related field
      • Serve as Tutors for Rising 2nd and 3rd graders at area libraries
      • Tutors will be trained to be highly-effective reading coaches
      • Students will gain valuable work skills and satisfaction changing the lives of children

Applicants must live in the city of Birmingham to participate in the Kids & Jobs Program.

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Youth First Summer Sports Series     

Each summer, DYS hosts its Youth First Summer Sports Series that consists of a wide-range of camps and clinics focused on various sports including football, basketball and volleyball.
Youth are taught the fundamentals of each sport, as well as different exercises and drills designed to cultivate skills and improve performance.  DYS partners with experienced coaches and various professional athletes and their foundations to facilitate the camps.

 

 

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Youth First Summer Movie Series 

 

 

 


WEE Read

wee read_logoWEE Read is an exciting event designed to promote literacy and a greater love for reading books among Birmingham youth.  This event, held during March in celebration of the national “Read Across America” initiative, also allows children in K4 to 5th Grade to meet and interact with local Birmingham authors who have published several books.  The children get a chance to hear the authors read their books, and along with their parents, get a chance to ask the authors questions afterwards.  During the event youth are also engaged in hands on activities that further promote the fun of reading.

 

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Youth First Holiday Giveaway Campaign
The act of giving is important throughout the year, but giving peaks in significance during the holiday season. To help create happy holiday memories for hundreds of less fortunate Birmingham youth, the City of Birmingham’s Division of Youth Services (DYS) created the Youth First Holiday Campaign. DYS’ Youth First Holiday Campaign assists needy Birmingham youth who live in low to moderately-low income households, shelters, and residential living facilities by providing food for Thanksgiving and toys for Christmas. Local news affiliate WIAT 42 has served as a dedicated partner towards this initiative.

PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS HOLIDAY CAMPAIGNS:

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Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival is a safe and fun alternative to Halloween for all Birmingham youth ages 2 to 10 years old.  There are games, face painting, rides, the DYS Fun House, food and much more at this fall frenzy.  This event is FREE and youth are encouraged to wear costumes.

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Health & Wellness

take-a-child-to-the-doctorEach fall, DYS partners with the healthcare community to provide FREE screenings for uninsured and underinsured Birmingham youth. Attendees are also treated to healthy snacks and beverages, education on living a healthier lifestyle, and take part in interactive games that encourage movement and exercise.  Services are provided by medical staff from Children’s of Alabama and UAB Health Systems – Department of Pediatrics.  Doctor Day is like going to the doctor in the middle of a carnival!

PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS DOCTOR DAY EVENTS:

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Youth First Holiday Campaign
The act of giving is important throughout the year, but giving peaks in significance during the holiday season. To help create happy holiday memories for hundreds of less fortunate Birmingham youth, the City of Birmingham’s Division of Youth Services (DYS) created the Youth First Holiday Campaign. DYS’ Youth First Holiday Campaign assists needy Birmingham youth who live in low to moderately-low income households, shelters, and residential living facilities by providing food for Thanksgiving and toys for Christmas. Local news affiliate WIAT 42 has served as a dedicated partner towards this initiative.

PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS CAMPAIGNS:

 

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Mentoring