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  • Birmingham Ed Foundation Impacts Students at Green Acres through GEAR UP Birmingham’s Career Café
  • A group of 15 students from Green Acres Middle School received an up-close and personal treat compliments of Forte’ from the Birmingham Education Foundation.  Students were chosen to participate in the café based on their Kuder career assessment results which focused on education and training.  Kuder results serve as a powerful springboard for career planning. Some of the students’ results dictated an interest in teaching and learning, counseling and mental health, and professional services just to name a few categories. 

    Forte’s previous background in education invited a lively call and response methodology during this café.  When sharing her personal story of being different in school and discounted as unimportant because she was different, she energized students this way.  “Say, on fire” said, Forte’.  The students quickly responded in unison, “On fire”.

    “You’ve got to show that you are fired up about your opportunities; they are limitless” said Forte.  The high-energy conversations continued with Forte’s academic tales about her academic path at UAB and Troy University, and what she currently does as Assistant to the ED and office manager.

    Lastly, students enjoyed Chick-fil-A box lunches as an added treat.

    Career Cafés

    Career Cafés are a GEAR UP Birmingham initiative designed to increase cohort student awareness of different career fields.  Through the GEAR UP Birmingham Career Café, students are able to speak directly with community members about careers and college planning in a small group atmosphere during the student lunch period.

  • GEARUP Students Participate in the 2nd Annual Crossover Male Empowerment Workshop
  • Joseph's House, Inc. sponsored its 2nd Annual Crossover Male Empowerment Workshop on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Male participants from the GEAR UP cohort, as well as other males in grades 8-12, attended the following breakout sessions:
    • Interacting with Authority/Knowing Your Rights
    • Business Entrepreneurship
    • College Prep
    • Finding Your Place in the Community
    Participants also enjoyed a networking lunch with numerous business leaders including judges, attorneys, entrepreneurs, data specialists, and other professionals. Pastor Steve Green delivered a powerful message of motivation to all of the young men in attendance.

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