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Prosper has dramatically shaped my life, and I am forever grateful to the Birmingham Promise for giving me this opportunity. If ever allowed to work with the Birmingham Promise or Prosper, I highly encourage anyone to do so, as it will benefit your life for the better.
For Jermerra Bailey, the question was how far away from home and how far in debt she’d go to get a college degree. Birmingham Promise helped on both fronts. The scholarship program expanded her options for colleges, while limiting the amount she had to borrow.
Birmingham Promise to expand work-based learning programs with new funding from Birmingham City Schools
New funding will allow Birmingham Promise to quadruple the number of high-school seniors placed in internships and help sophomores and juniors participate in shorter-term “shadowing” opportunities in the workplace.
High school taught Markelle Scott perseverance. This year’s valedictorian at Huffman High School was part of a graduating class who were freshmen when the pandemic hit in 2020.
Birmingham Promise this year received a record number of college scholarship applications from graduating seniors at Birmingham City Schools, with 524 students accepted for the program.
Huffman High School seniors were treated to lunch with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for submitting the top number of scholarship applications to Birmingham Promise.
As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to root for the Birmingham Stallions, Birmingham Promise was thrilled to receive a portion of ticket sales for the team’s recent game against the Houston Gamblers.
Destiny Nelson-Miles has been celebrated as the first Birmingham Promise student to graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
But being “first” isn’t the most impressive thing about Nelson-Miles.
Birmingham Promise is beyond grateful to share the news of Shipt’s plans to invest $1 million in Birmingham Promise programs over the next five years.
A record number of rising seniors at Birmingham City Schools students applied for internships next year through the Birmingham Promise work-based learning program.
“Some of our interns have been able to maintain their positions beyond their internship and stay to assist with summer programming and earn additional funds to save for college. Our team can share library knowledge about valuable databases and resources that will help interns academically in college.”
“Our goal from this partnership is to provide students with an in-depth work experience that provides a unique balance of what they have learned in the classroom and what can be expected when joining the workforce. With Vulcan, students are placed in an entry-level, part-time position paired with a full-time employee to provide a hands-on learning experience. This approach allows the student to gain practical experiences that can be used in the workforce.”
AL.com has participated in the Birmingham Promise internship program since it began, an investment it hopes fosters future journalists as well as future champions for local news.
Williams, who came back to the United States in 2017, has been executive director of Birmingham Promise, which provides scholarships and apprenticeships to city public school students, since March of this year and said she intends to help the program live up to its name.
When American Pipe & Supply Co. hosted its first Birmingham Promise intern this past spring, its team discovered that the experience was both a chance to teach — and a chance to learn. Among other things, the internship program gave American Pipe a deeper understanding about the workforce of tomorrow.