Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ALFA Youth Leadership Conference Opprotunity - Rising 9th Graders

The Alabama Farmers Federation is excited to focus on the future during our annual Alfa Youth Leadership Conference Sept 30- Oct 1. We’re looking for driven, energetic high school freshmen and sophomores — the key to unlocking Alabama’s future success. Can you help?

After the free, two-day training at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, students should be prepared to
* Advocate for agriculture
* Identify their potential to better serve communities
* Step into leadership roles

The conference includes
* High-energy workshops
* Motivational speakers
* Outdoor activities and games
* Relationship-building with leaders across the state

To learn more, watch the video below highlighting last year’s conference, and check out the application here or at AlfaFarmers.org. Applications are due Aug. 13.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

HCS Foundation Student Board

Applications are now being accepted for the Hoover City Schools Foundation Student Board. Please apply online at https://forms.gle/X1G64RCp7j5de6m89. Applications are due Monday May 13th, and interviews are after school at the Galleria Towers on Friday May 17. Incoming Freshmen - Seniors are encouraged to apply.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Vestavia Hills Soccer Club (VHSC) TOPSoccer Program - Volunteers Needed!

VHSC TOPSoccer Program - Volunteers Needed

The TOPSoccer program is designed to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth of kids with special needs through soccer.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  Please contact topsoccer@vestaviasoccer.com if interested!
The program is open to children in the U4-U19 age group with any physical or mental disability.
  • Groups will be formed based on player needs and not necessarily by age.
  • Each player will be paired with a Sidekick.
  • Sidekicks are needed for TOPSoccer teams.
    • Sidekicks must be 12 years of age or older.
    • Sidekicks must commit to being at all 4 sessions!
    • This is to help the player to be more comfortable with their sidekick.
  • TOPSoccer will be hosted at the Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex

TOPSoccer is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.  Help us help those in need and volunteer today to be a Sidekick or Coach!
WhereSicard Hollow Athletic Complex
Spring 2019 Dates:
  • April 28, 2019
  • May 5, 2019
  • May 12, 2019
  • May 19, 2019
Days:  Sundays
Times:  5:30-6:30 PM
Please contact Katie at topsoccer@vestaviasoccer.com if interested!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Power Up Program

For girls in grades 6th-12th.  Register online at the Power UP Loud website, www.poweruploud.org, or by using the link below.

Feel free to visit the Power UP website: http://www.poweruploud.org for more information about the Mother-Daughter Thing event and other Power UP programs.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

McWane Science Center Volunteer Programs

The McWane Science Center Teen and Junior Teen Volunteer Programs offer volunteer opportunities for teens who are interested in giving back, learning something new, and being a part of an incredible team of young people. Teen Volunteers present hands-on science activities and demonstration at interpretive stations and exhibits throughout our science center. Teen volunteers also help with our Summer Camps, where they have the opportunity to act as role models and mentors guiding young campers in STEM-related activities. In addition to a lifelong love of learning and positively impacting the lives of our youth, Teen Volunteers gain valuable experience in public speaking, work ethic, customer service, and leadership to name a few.

The application process consists of submitting an online application with the attachment of resume and two letters of recommendation, a 15-minute interview, and if selected,  attending of orientation and the required training sessions. Application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2019.

If you have any questions or would like more additional information, please feel free to reach out to Volunteer Services via email at volunteer@mcwane.org or by phone at 205-714-8272.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Key Leader Conference Opportunity


Alabama's Premiere High School Leadership Weekend Experience
About Key Leader 
Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today's young leaders.
This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful
leadership-development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson
of leadership—it comes from helping others succeed.
Participants begin by attending a Key Leader conference, which is a weekend retreat.
Large and small group workshops, discussions and team-building activities take place over
the course of the weekend. Students have opportunities to learn leadership skills that will
help them to change their schools, communities, and world for the better. While exploring
leadership in a whole new way, participants will make amazing new friends and have
experiences they will never forget. Positive, ongoing interaction with other Key Leader
graduates offers continuing reinforcement, encouragement and growth of leadership skills.
Since April 2005 Key Leader has served more than 28,000 students at 569 Key Leader events
 in 40 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, Bahamas, Malaysia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, El
Salvador and Singapore. Read what some of these graduates say about the Key Leader 
Friday-Sunday March 8-10  |  Camp ASCCA  5278 Camp Ascca Dr, Jacksons' Gap, AL 36861
Cost: $200  ($25 Discount for Active Alabama Key Club Members)
For More Information:

Alabama's Director

Jamie Brabston

REGISTER TODAY!   Click Here for the online Registration Form.
 Fill out all of the fields and an invoice will be emailed to you with further information on
 payment. Once payment is received, your spot will be secured for the weekend and you will
 receive a confirmation email with complete details. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Free Grief Support Retreat


A no-cost bereavement camp at

6th-12th graders AND an adult caregiver
Recommended at least 3 mos following a loss.

UAB School of Psychology
UAB Department of Pastoral Care
Camp McDowell

Donations only

Susanna Whitsett, Director for Programming
Summer Camp & Retreats
Camp McDowell

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Supportive Parent Education Group

Parent And Guardian Educational Support (PAGES) Group at Children’s of Alabama

Presented by Behavioral Health Ireland Center

Do you need more support as a parent of a child with difficult behavior?
You are not alone!

Children’s Behavioral Health – Ireland Center is presenting a free 10 session supportive parent education group for parents of children with difficult behavior issues (including ADHD symptoms and oppositional behavior) for ages 2 to 16 years. The group provides an opportunity for parents or guardians to learn to manage difficult behaviors and support one another. Certificates are given at the end of each weekly session including a graduation certificate for completing all sessions.

Groups held weekly on Saturdays at Children’s of Alabama, 1600 7thAve South, Birmingham AL (Park in the 7th Ave parking deck. Walk across the street to the entrance on the far right with green tiles not the main entrance. You will be escorted to the classroom). Please arrive at 9:45 am to begin promptly at 10:00 am. If you arrive after group start time, please call 638-6405 to gain entrance. No admittance after 10:15 am.

Dates: January 26, 2019 – March 23, 2018 (Saturdays weekly)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (light refreshments included)

For more information and to confirm attendance, please contact parent education program coordinator, Waynette Smith at (205) 638-9193

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

End of the Semester Update from the School Counselors

It has been a great 2018-2019 school year so far, and we cannot believe the first semester is almost over!  Here are a few highlights from the past couple of months:

Mix it Up Day:
During lunch, students and teachers were randomly assigned based on lollipop flavor.  Students (and teachers!) had the opportunity to sit with others they typically do not sit with.  Students ate lunch together and played a fun game.  Mix it Up Day encourages new interactions, kindness and students to look for opportunities to be an encouragement to others.

Red Ribbon Week: October 22-26, 2018
Our theme was Life is a Journey...Travel Drug Free!"

MONDAY – Our Peer Helpers shared the Red Ribbon Week story about Enrique Camarena during homebase.

TUESDAY – All faculty, staff, and students were encouraged to wear RED!

WEDNESDAY – Peer helpers led a Jeapoardy! activity during homebase. All students received a Red Ribbon Week bracelet.

THURSDAY – During PE classes, Hoover High School TNT students led activities encouraging students to make healthy choices.

FRIDAY – Red Ribbon Week door decoration contest winners were announced! Here is a taste of just some of the wonderful door decorations!

Happy New Year from Ms. Webster, Mrs. Winnie, and Mrs. Berryhill!  Here's to a great second semester!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hoover Police Explorers Open House - Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders


Interested in a career in law enforcement?
Want to serve your community?
Want to learn great leadership skills and build lasting friendships?
September 25, 2018 
7:00pm Hoover Public Safety Center 
2020 Valleydale Road Hoover, AL 35244 

Police Explorers work closely with Hoover Police Officers to get realistic training in scenarios such as:
Arrest and Search
Crime Scene Investigations
Traffic Stops
And much more! 

We participate in competitions based on the training we have received as well as assist in community service events.
We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Hoover Public Safety Center 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. We always welcome new people!  

For more information or questions, please contact:

Billy Curtis, Exploring Director
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
516 Liberty Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242
O – (205) 969-4277

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Social Media Resources for Parents from Scholastic.com

Scholastic and Instagram have joined forces to create the resource
“Know How to Talk With Your Teen About Instagram: A Parent's Guide.”
It provides discussion topics and tips about using the platform responsibly
and safely. Learn how to:
Manage usage  Set privacy controls  Prevent bullying
Parents Extended Guide for Instagram
Parents Quick Guide for Instagram

Monday, September 17, 2018

Community Service Opportunity

Community service hours? 

We have a game-day event on Saturday, October 6 from Noon to 6PM at the front lawn in Ross Bridge and we are seeking volunteers or even a student club/group/organization/athletic team that can volunteer in two shifts either Noon to 3PM or 3PM to 6PM as game coordinators for our kids. We could use 6 to 8 for each shift. If it's a booster club team we'd be happy to offer a donation.  We will provide vouchers for them to have lunch at one of the food trucks.

This is a fun task as they will be facilitating play for old-fashioned games like sack races, tug of war, hula hoop, corn hole and more. We just need teens that will help keep the games in line and interact with the kids to help them have the best experience.

If interested, please contact: 

Cecilia Pearson
205-440-2229 (BABY)