Josephs’s House, Inc. Wraps-Up Mentoring with Signature Events

Mentoring throughout the school year is just part of what Joseph’s House, Inc. (JHI) does with students from GEAR UP Birmingham and other metropolitan areas. The connections students make with community members throughout the year while following the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. program are revisited again through the culminating events – Crossover and Elevation. 

On May 5, 2018, Joseph’s House, Inc., in partnership with Birmingham Councilman John Hilliard – District 9, hosted Crossover “A Day of Empowerment for Males” Grades 8th through 12th at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. GEAR UP Birmingham’s males from Wenonah High School, Parker High School and Jackson Olin High School participated in this memorable event. Breakout sessions for males included college prep, dressing for style and impact, interacting with authority and entrepreneurship. City business leaders, including lawyers, judges, entrepreneurs, software developers, law enforcement, clergy, educators and politicians, hosted male mentoring small group sessions. One resonating theme that continued to echo throughout the day was greatness – each mentee has a future full of greatness. Full Moon Bar-b-que catered the culminating lunch. 

On May 19, 2018, Elevation – Learning to Soar “A Day of Empowerment for Girls” Grades 8th through 12th was hosted at the Birmingham Museum of Art. GEAR UP Birmingham’s female students from Jackson Olin and Parker High Schools took advantage of the elegant experience. Breakout sessions included “My Body, It’s Purpose” led by Dr. Ronisha Thomas; “Charting My Path” facilitated by Dr. Chasity McDavid; “Relationships Matter” facilitated by Judge Katrina Ross, Assistant District Attorney Shawnte Lee and Rehab Liaison Ashley Powell; and “Dressing for Success” with fashion essentials. Small group breakout sessions included numerous female professionals representing health care, law, education, social work and entrepreneurship. The keynote speaker for Elevation was DeJuana L. Thompson, Think Rubix Strategist/Consultant and founder of #WokeVote.

Oscar’s Café catered a delicious dinner that was served in the atrium of the Birmingham Museum of Art. It included freshly steamed string beans, mashed potatoes, grilled chicken breast, yeast roll, chocolate drizzled cookies and lemonade. 

Joseph’s House, Inc. offers the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. mentoring program to GEAR UP Birmingham students at select schools. The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. program consists of character building activities designed to promote academic excellence, career exploration, community service, cultural enrichment, financial literacy, higher education pursuits, self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

I.N.S.P.I.R.E. is a multi-modal community based mentoring program for youth designed to empower mentees to complete high school, excel in higher education, a trade, entrepreneurship and life. Joseph’s House, Inc. is a proud supporter and partner of GEAR UP Birmingham.

For more information on the mentoring programs offered through GEAR UP Birmingham, please contact Dr. Marsha Savage via email at MSavage2@bhm.k12.al.us.

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