The Birmingham Promise—How the City of Birmingham and UAB are making college more accessible

UAB President Ray Watts and Mayor Randall Woodfin are helping forge the future of young students. Photo via Randall Woodfin’s Facebook.

Mayor Woodfin and the City of Birmingham emphasized the importance of investing in education with the Birmingham Promise. This trailblazing program introduces Birmingham City School students to unbelievable opportunities where they gain priceless work experience and encourages education beyond high school.

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Impact the lives of special needs children. Attend a free ministry workshop on Feb. 8.

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Activities at Shepherds Ministry. Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC

Do you love working with special needs children? What about teaching religious education? Learn how to combine these passions and make an impact in the lives of children with special needs and their families during a FREE ministry workshop on Saturday, February 8 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Register now!

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Parent alert! Bring your 8-12 graders to learn about high-wage, high-demand careers in Birmingham.

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Panelists from CentralSix AlabamaWorks!’s ShopChat event last year. Photo courtesy of CentralSix AlabamaWorks!

Parents of Birmingham-area 8-12 graders, does your child have plans after high school graduation? If not, this program might be for them.  Learn from Birmingham’s biggest companies steps to take now to prepare for a high-wage, high-demand career. Feb. 20, 7-8:30PM at UAB’s Volker Hall. Interested? There’s no cost for the event. Reserve your spot now.

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Meet Dr. Sharif Melouk—Associate Dean in Alabama’s Forbes-ranked business school

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I got to sit down with Dr. Sharif Melouk, Associate Dean of the Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama. Read on to find out more about Dr. Melouk as well as his best advice for furthering your career.

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Want to help Australian wildlife? Here’s how to do it in Birmingham

Months of massive brushfires have decimated human and wildlife habitats alike. Photo copyright Matthew Abbott, via World Wildlife Fund Australia

If you’ve tuned in to the news or internet lately, you’ve probably seen the terrible fires that have been ravaging Australia. Although it seems that some coverage has slacked off, the crisis is far from over. Here’s how you can help right here in Birmingham.

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Want $10,000 for your school’s health & wellness programs? Apply now.

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Cahaba Elementary celebrates their Be Healthy School Grant award.
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Have you heard about the Be Healthy School Grant Program? It’s an opportunity for Alabama schools to win a $10K health and wellness grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It’s super easy to apply, but you’ll need to send in that application by March 27.

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MLK Day in Birmingham—honor history in the place where it happened

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated all across the country, but few places have the opportunity to truly experience history firsthand as Birmingham residents do.

Every year, the nation honors Dr. King and all of the brave men and women who dreamed alongside him. Read on to find out how to celebrate, honor and remember right here in Birmingham.

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Enhance your golf skills with lessons from Topgolf Birmingham golf pro Sarah Sargent. $30 off first lesson!

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Sarah Sargent, Topgolf instructor and professional golfer. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Want to become an expert on the golf course? Or just want to learn a few skills to beat your friends in a friendly game of putt putt? Learn to swing that club—the right way!—when you sign up for lessons at Topgolf Birmingham with pro golfer Sarah Sargent. Read on to learn how to score a discount on your first lesson!

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Not just for the Rockefellers—learn how you can start your own local charitable fund

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In 2019, the Community Foundation celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

It never fails. Whenever I watch a Ken Burns documentary, I see credits at the beginning of each program that either say the Ford Foundation or Rockefeller Foundation supported one of his iconic films.

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Oops they did it again! UAB robins shatter Alabama natural history record with 3 more babies

A family of American robins nesting at a UAB courtyard in January 2020. The latest confirmed nesting of robins in Alabama was September 2nd, before  robins were hatched in this courtyard in November and December. Photo courtesy of Greg Harber

Remember our “Thanksgiving Miracle” American robin babies story last year?

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Ready for a career pivot in 2020? Katie Weiland went from teacher to professional at Regions Bank. Here’s how.

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Katie Weiland went from teaching special ed to managing special projects at Regions Bank with the help of an MBA from Montevallo. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now.

While banking isn’t the most common path from teaching special ed, that’s exactly the direction Katie Weiland went in after getting an MBA from Montevallo. She’s six months into her new job as Consumer Banking Project Administrator at Regions Bank, and so far she’s loving her new career. 

Want to know about Montevallo’s MBA program? Here you go.

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5 new plant skills you can learn this winter+spring, including caring for houseplants

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Still in search of that perfect New Year’s Resolution for 2020? How about taking up a new hobby, spending more time outside, and meeting a wonderful community of people?

If this sounds right up your alley, find it all at Saturdays in the Gardens with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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A Birmingham Dietician’s top 10 tips for a healthy new year

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Make your healthy life a whole lot easier by using Till, Birmingham’s only online farmer’s market. You can get fresh, local produce delivered to your doorstep in a snap.

After spending the last two months indulging in the allllll the holiday treats that Birmingham has to offer, we’re feeling like it’s time for a reset. The best advice comes from medical professionals, of course, so we asked an expert.

A local Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) gave us her best advice for starting 2020 out on a healthy foot. Find her tips right here, as well as how to make them work in Birmingham.

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