Students Broaden Writing Skills with Red Mountain Writing Project

The UAB Red Mountain Writing Project is hosted at the UAB School of Education and lasts from June 5 – 29. The camp is already having a huge impact on students, including several GEAR UP Birmingham students.

Each week, the theme and activities cover various topics, such as writing about Birmingham, fake news, music awareness and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students also receive special assignments called “journal your journey,” in which students write about a specific…

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BBBS Impacts GEAR UP Birmingham

On May 16, 2017 GEAR UP Birmingham students from Wenonah High School participated in a job shadowing with Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and received a behind-the-scenes-look of the Vulcan Materials Quarry.

Throughout the academic school year, students have previously engaged in a workplace mentorship program with Vulcan’s corporate office mentors. The recent quarry visit was an opportunity to see the business from another side. Students were provided an introduction to the types of rocks m…

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GEAR UP Birmingham’s Females SOAR at Annual Conference

Joseph's House hosted its 3rd Annual Elevation - Learning to SOAR Conference for Girls at the Birmingham Museum of Art on May 27, 2017. Eighth and ninth grade girls in the GEAR UP Birmingham (GUB) program were in attendance alongside other students from around the metropolitan area in grades 8th through 12th. The young women participated in several breakout sessions that focused on building self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-worth.

Various female business and community leaders who have served a…

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GEAR UP Students Embrace Workforce Development

On May 11, 2017, eighth grade students from South Hampton School K-8 visited the Bessemer campus of Lawson State Community College. Mr. Joseph E. Hollins, a community resource specialist from the Office of Recruitment and High School Relations led the students on a tour through the college campus. This engaging experience provided the students with valuable insights on the requirements for scholarships, dual enrollment, and the benefits of a career in technology.

One of the tour highlights was t…

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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…

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GEAR UP 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, attorne…
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GEAR UP Birmingham Begins Career Café Initiative

On March 7, 2017, GEAR UP Birmingham kicked-off its first Career Café at Wylam K-8 School. 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.

Mr. Brandon Wilson, of Wilbron Inc. — a Public Relations and Marketing Company located …

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GEAR UP BIRMINGHAM OFFERS FREE SUMMER CAMPS

GEAR UP Birmingham to Offer 31 Free Summer Camps to Rising 9th and 10th Graders

(BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – March 14, 2017) GEAR UP Birmingham is offering 31 free summer camps to rising 9th and 10th graders in Birmingham City Schools. The camps cover subjects that include: math, writing, earth science, theatre, game design and much more. Registration begins on March 15, 2017, and ends April 17, 2017. Transportation is provided for all camps for the upcoming summer.

Auburn University, University of Mo…

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GEAR UP Mathletes Compete

GEARUP Birmingham students competed in the MATHCOUNTS ® Chapter competition held at Pizitz Middle School on Saturday, February 11, 2017. There were four student teams representing Birmingham City Schools – Phillips Academy, Jones Valley Middle School, South Hampton School K-8 and Huffman Middle School. Students endured a rigorous three hours of math. Each MATHCOUNTS competition consists of several parts: the Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Rounds. Round one (the Sprint Round) had 30 questions…

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GEAR UP Birmingham Parents Receive College Tuition Waiver

Legal Guardians of GEAR UP Birmingham Students Eligible for Tuition Waiver to Two-Year or Technical Institution

Legal Guardians of GEAR UP Birmingham’s cohort are eligible for a tuition waiver to a Two-Year College or Technical Institution in the state of Alabama starting this fall. The waiver is only applied towards tuition, and the awardee will be responsible for all other school related expenses. Parents will be able to renew the waiver each year. GEAR UP Birmingham students will also be elig…

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Birmingham City Schools' 8th and 9th Graders Celebrate National GEAR UP Week

Birmingham City Schools’ 8th and 9th graders are celebrating National GEAR UP Week. One of the national goals of GEAR UP is to reach one million students through the GEAR UP program. This week GEAR UP Birmingham is focused on academic and dream building, and kicked off the week with guest speaker, Retired Senior Vice President of Ethics and Corporate Concerns at Alabama Power, Robert Holmes at Jackson-Olin High School and Green Acres Middle School.

“We are excited about the many activities we h…

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Pre-AP Writing Camp Provides 8th Graders with Judicial Experience

For four weeks, rising 8th graders at Wylam K-8 school were engaged in daily analytical sessions that unpacked many aspects of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," particularly focusing on overachieving themes within TKAM and how those same themes are still relevant today. Utilizing the balanced literary approach, students practiced writing character analyses using the argumentative writing structure. Not only did students expand their writing abilities and broaden their knowledge-base as it relat…

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Valuable Lessons Learned at the 2016 Alabama Money Expo

Students from the GEAR UP Birmingham cohort participated in the 2016 Alabama Money Expo/ Financial Education Outreach, which was held at G.W. Carver High School on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Alabama Money Expo featured a variety of workshops and activities for youth and young adults to engage in interactive simulations that enhance their personal finance and life skills.

GEAR UP students specifically participated in activities from “Awesome Island.” Awesome Island pr…

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GEAR UP Birmingham Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Area Schools

Although the current focus of GEAR UP Birmingham is the 7th and 8th graders of Birmingham City Schools, Dr. Donna Turner, GEAR UP Project Director, and Dr. Marsha Savage, GEAR UP Site Facilitator, thought the birthday celebration would be the perfect opportunity to expand the message of creating a college going culture at the younger grade levels.  Pre-K, kindergarten, second graders, and fourth graders at South Hampton School K-8 and Oxmoor Valley Elementary School enjoyed stories and listened …

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GEAR UP Birmingham Partners with UAB’s CORD (Community Outreach Development) to Provide Onsite Labs

Students at Bush Hills Academy and Green Acres Middle School can now add building robots to their repertoire after participating in a math/robotics lab at their respective school campuses thanks to a partnership formed by GEAR UP Birmingham and UAB Community Outreach Development.  The partnership allows middle school students within the GEAR UP cohort an opportunity to participate in mobile labs on-site.  The lab experiences are designed to expose students to math, physics, and engineering conce…

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Money Math Club!

Regions Institute for Financial Literacy Presents: Money Math Clubs

In partnership with GEARUP Birmingham, the UAB Collat School of Business is offering Money Math Clubs to students in the GEARUP program. The focus of the clubs will be to teach students how to apply their math skills to saving and investing through a real money investment opportunity. Students will have instruction on economics, market segments and portfolio management.  Students will learn how to perform stock research and how …

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Joseph’s House Kicks-Off I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Mentoring Program

The 7th and 8th grade GEAR UP students at South Hampton School K-8 received a message of new direction from Executive Director Joseph W. Clark and Mrs. Yolanda Clark at the mentoring kick-off session held in the school’s gymnasium on October 29, 2015. The first session (of many sessions cultivating character development) focused on an analogy of college students taking a road trip and discovering that they were lost. South Hampton’s students assisted with the details of choosing the right direct…

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GEAR UP Birmingham and Regions Bank sponsors Financial Literacy Parent Workshop

Oct. 19, 2015

Parents from Arrington Middle School, Bush Hills Academy, Green Acres Middle School, Jones Valley Middle School, South Hampton K-8 and Wylam K-8 all converged at Green Acres Middle School on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 6:00 P.M. to participate in the West Area Financial Literacy Parent Workshop sponsored by Regions Bank and GEAR UP Birmingham.  More than 150 people were in attendance at this Birmingham City Schools event. Ms. Foresha Boyd, Regions Banker, provided information on b…

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Bush Hills Academy GEAR UP Week

Oct. 18, 2015 Bush Hills Academy  celebrated National GEAR UP Week with a variety of events and activities the week of September 21 -25, 2015. Students participated in an essay contest writing about their future goals and aspirations. 7th and 8th grade students wrote a 5 page essay with 7th grader Justice King coming in first place. Students also answered daily trivia questions about college life and College Spirit Day, where students were allowed to wear their favorite college team shirt or jer…

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Bridging the gap workshop

Oct. 18, 2015  Mr. Andrew Mitchell of the Birmingham Education Foundation focused efforts on Wylam’s 7th grade GEAR UP students during a recent Bridging the Gap workshop emphasizing I. T. (Information Technology.) The workshop featured information about the make-up of computers, the intricate details of the internet and software. Guest presenter, Mr. Nick Brattoli, fascinated students with his know-how and expertise about computers. Dr. Marsha H. Savage, Site Facilitator GEAR UP Birmingham (West…

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Hayes Middle School

Students at Hayes K-8 School started the week off with a visit to the University of Alabama @ Birmingham for GEAR UP Week. Mr. Frank Paige with UAB Admissions shared information with 8th grade students about preparing for college. Students had the opportunity to work in groups and answer questions about aspirations, preparation, explorations, and decision making for college choices and preparation. Mrs. Evelyn Jones, the School Counselor, engaged with students as they were involved with discuss…

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Birmingham Education Foundation Seminars

The Birmingham Education Foundation is presenting a series of student seminars focused on building professional networks and exploration of career opportunities. The Career Development Conference gives community leaders a chance to share with students their high-level professional development knowledge through a passion for mentoring. GEAR UP cohort students participate in a semester-long program that will help hone their professional skills, establish professional networks, and gain experience …

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Wylam Students “Gear Up” in Summer Camps

Wylam students participated in GEAR UP Camps, and various other camps. These camps were designed to give students an edge by giving them hands-on experience, as well provide opportunities for college and career exploration. Antonio Levert, Jr., 8th grade, went off to Auburn Sports Science Camp. Antonio thought the camp “was very interesting, fun” and felt that the “counselors were very informative and nice!”. Antonio said, “I hope I can go again!” Zabion Davis, 8th Grade and Katelin Shharp also …

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Green Acres Middle School Open House

Green Acres Middle School held an open house on Sunday, August 23, 2015.  The theme for this year was “BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS THAT LAST.” The affair was well attended by students and their parents. An inspiring and informative program was planned for all in attendance.  Principal Dr. Willie Goldsmith, faculty and staff, the GEAR UP Site Facilitator and our community partners greeted the parents and students.  

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Arrington Middle School hosts Open House to Kick off Year

Principal Anthony Moss and Dr. Marsha Savage greeted parents and guests at the 2015-2016 Arrington Middle School Open House. Many parents and students marveled at the opportunity to dialogue face to face with the AMS faculty and staff and to network amongst themselves. In addition to the influx of information that Principal Moss discussed, the school's mission and academic goals were highlighted as well as the level of expectations that he has for the staff, parents, community stakeholders, stud…

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