Filed under: 35203, AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, COOL Community Task Force, The Ticker, urban issues, yp events
I’m writing here and everywhere else that I can because I strongly believe in what this event can accomplish. More than an opportunity to mingle and take advantage of a cash bar, it is what will hopefully become the first of many times that the young professional community in Birmingham comes together, network, and identify ways that we can move the city forward.
It partially grew out of a white paper I wrote nearly two years ago (and published here) and is the first of two unique opportunities for the YP community this year. It also grew out of the hard work and discussions among those that participated in the Chamber’s COOL Community Task Force and the organizations that have stepped up to make tomorrow happen.
A lot has changed since writing it, most notably the level of communication that is beginning to exist among these organizations and hopefully the rest of the community.
I’m hoping to see many of you out there tomorrow night. It’s a great way to start off a busy weekend of fun…
It’s the first ever YP expo for Birmingham! Come and find out how to get involved with more than 20 young professional organizations from around the Birmingham metropolitan area!
It’s free and open to the public, so come on out and enjoy the networking + The Spots!
Here’s the calendar entry on The Terminal:
and here’s the info page for the event:
Look forward to seeing you there!
& PLEASE REPOST if you can!
Enjoy the day!
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Junior League, YWCA
The YWCA of Central Alabama and the Junior League of Birmingham will team up for a fifth year to provide dresses for those young women that would otherwise not be able to get one for their proms or other special events at school. According to Venus Divas Blog, each spring young women are invited to the YWCA’s My Sister’s Closet to look through the prom dress “boutique” and pick out what they need to take part in their big event. More than 110 young ladies from 19 area schools received dresses through the program last year. They are requesting plus size dresses so that they will be able to provide to more this year.
Contact information from the blog post:
Dresses and accessories can be shipped or brought to the YWCA Central AL, attn: Brenda McNeil at 309 North 23rd Street, Birmingham, AL 35203. If you have questions, I can be reached at (205) 322-9922 ext. 172 or (205) 706-0354 (cell) and will be more than glad to answer them. This year’s prom dress giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd and 10th. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. All donations are tax deductible.
Birmingham, Alabama is known as one of the most giving communities in the country, and it appears that we always step up to the plate for this event. We’ll see if we can step up what we give one more level this year.
Filed under: 2006 Elections, AL, Alabama Politics, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, britebluedot, Catalyst, Cities, city stages, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, cultural institutions, The Year in Review
With election time drawing near the blog took an uncharacteristic turn from time to time at the current political climate in Birmingham, Alabama. This meant looking at just how large the blue dot was becoming (if it was) as well as the results of the debates for the 2006 election cycle at the end of the month. One could draw from the votes in November that either everybody watched the debates, or nobody did.
Despite the loss of the Jaycees haunted house before the haunting season even began, the region enjoyed the it’s usual array of spooking and scaring. We did see what many believed to be a specter come to life as a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Railroad Reservation Park downtown.
Some things deserve some fanfare and stay under the radar screen on purpose. This post talking about a Thanksgiving present that truly captures what we’ve turned this holiday into. This one talks of why the pride we should have in our local cultural institutions should be greater than it currently is. And every once in a while it’s nice to know about some of the other festivals that take place around the city, such as this post on the Harambee Festival. One final one was the post that followed the first ever meeting of the Civic Organization Roundtable. I’m hopeful now that most of the personal issues are dealt with, we will see some progress from this group in the beginning of the new year.
Two more months to go.
The Year in Review: January and a little December ‘05 too
The Year in Review: February 2006
The Year in Review: March 2006
The Year in Review: April 2006
The Year in Review: May 2006
The Year in Review: June 2006
The Year in Review: July 2006
The Year in Review: August 2006
The Year in Review: September 2006
Filed under: 2006 Winter Olympics, AL, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Catalyst, Chad Hedrick, church fires, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, people, Rickwood Field, Rotaract, Shani Davis, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, The Year in Review, Wallace Rayfield, yp events
The shortest month of the year had a lot things packed into it here at the Ramblings. Let’s get to it…
Young leadership emerges in the Magic City
We started it off by trying to get a working list of young professional organizations up on the site and seeking additional input. You can cheat ahead and click here to see what happened as a result. Or you can try to hold out until October’s review gets posted next week.
Organizations like Rotaract held a fundraiser and Catalyst hired Cherie Fields as director, happenings geared at making people realize that the current YP generation is ready and willing to roll up their hands and do whatever needs to be done for the improvement of the city. We also spoke of the need to increase communication in the region so that it may move forward or stay in a vacuum.
Commentary a little outside the normal realm of the blog
We voiced our opinions about the rash of church fires in central Alabama that has recently reared its head again on mainstream media. We also talked about the only story that seemed to matter from the 2006 Winter Olympics, the saga between speed skaters Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick and the hype that was built around it simply because we didn’t dominate the way we wanted to.
Honors during Black History Month shines spotlight on Birmingham, Alabama
Locally, the sports world revolved around Rickwood Field and the five hours of free advertising the nation’s oldest ballpark received with a retro game that returned the Birmingham Black Barons to action, even if only for a day. The game was scheduled to coincide with Black History Month, the annual celebration of the African diaspora in our country including honoring one of its most hallowed landmarks shortly before its extensive restoration began (an image of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on the day of the event is posted here).
Like I said, a lot packed into a short amount of time.
Next, the first month on WordPress.
Enjoy the day.
The Year in Review – January