Gear Up Birmingham 2018 Summer Camps


2018 Camp Life I Registration Open for 17- 20 year olds

Registration is OPEN!  If you are a youth OR a social worker who knows a youth who would benefit from life skills, independent living skills, increase in social skills and preparation for college, CAMP LIFE is for them! 

Register by going to


Child Abuse Prevention Month


Applications Now Available

The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) and FOX6 launch the 2018 Kids & Jobs Program. This summer, DYS and FOX6 will put hundreds of Birmingham youth to work through this program. Kids & Jobs is designed to help cultivate the professional development necessary for youth and young adults to become an integral part of the workforce.

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.

The EXPLORER PROGRAM provides students from 16 to 21 years of age with an introduction to the workforce and a chance to explore one of the various professions offered. 2.5 GPA required.

The EXECUTIVE PROGRAM provides students from 16 to 21 years of age with a unique opportunity to establish a foundation for their career path. 3.0 GPA Required.
For information about the kids and jobs program contact DYS at (205) 320-0897 or to download an application CLICK HERE

NSEP Still Accepting Applications!


Nsoro college Bound Summer Camp

Nsoro College Bound Summer Camp is June 24th-29th.   
Applications will be completed online and all supporting documents must be uploaded before the application can be submitted.    
Applications are due by May 7th.  Once an application is submitted we will likely conduct a phone interview to ensure that the camper is knowledgeable about the program and can demonstrate their willingness to attend and maintain good behavior. 
  • Interactive STEAM based curriculum that will include hands on experiential learning instead of the typical classroom style speakers we’ve had in the past. 
The application link is listed below.  Please share this with potential applicants. 
  • They need to choose The University of Alabama in the dropdown menu on the first question. 
  • They will be required to set up an account and password prior to completing the applications. 
  • Social Workers may do this for the campers but are encouraged to engage the camper in the application process to ensure they are well informed. 
  • Once a camper has been selected additional paperwork will be mailed out that will be due by May 25th.  Please feel free to call or email Shannon Hubbard with any questions.

NSPN Accepting Artwork for "Heart of the Matter" Publication

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is excited to collect artwork for “Heart of the Matter,” a digital publication which invites youth to share their stories through art. Youth have significant experiences and perspectives to convey, and their voices are powerful. “Heart of the Matter” serves to emphasize the creativity, passion, and spirit displayed by young people as they overcome challenges, chase their dreams, and build bright futures.

NSPN is accepting a variety of artwork for “Heart of the Matter,” which will be released during the campaign later this year. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) the following:

This publication is open to all youth including those receiving services, youth advisory board members, peer mentors, and all other youth working with your organization. Submitted artwork should “speak” to the challenges youth face and overcome, the dreams which are inspired, and/or the bright futures youth set out to achieve.

Click here to submit artwork for “Heart of the Matter: The submission deadline is August 31, 2018.

Youth attending Focus 2018: "Heart of the Matter" may have the opportunity to have their artwork photographed or recorded on-site. Please visit for details regarding confidentiality or to learn more. The "Heart of the Matter" campaign is scheduled to release in October 2018.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the NSPN Communications team at


Former Alabama Foster Youth!

Former Alabama Foster Youth!

If you are 21 years of age, you may receive a phone call, letter, Facebook message and/or email from a DHR worker and/or CAS staff in the next couple of weeks! 

Watch the video to find out why! 

We know sometimes you are wanting to get rid of DHR from your life, but this will help your foster youth peers who are still in care! 

The information you provide by taking the NYTD survey helps with improvement of policies and services!  There is also an incentive! 

Go to for more information and take the survey

If you have any questions you can call 205-943-5345!

Art Contest in Birmingham!


Thank you Shelby County!

So many amazing moments we can't help but

share from the Shelby County Dream Council

meeting held Saturday February 3, 2018 . 
Major thanks goes to Jasmin Morris and the

Shelby County ILP staff who coordinated an

amazing backdrop for our theme Life After

High School! 

Another thank you goes out to all of our


who showed up to provide foster youth with

information for their future!

  Next stop! Lawrence County!

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