Wait Until 8th!

Smartphones are distracting and potentially dangerous for children yet are widespread in elementary and middle school because of unrealistic social pressure and expectations to have one. Schools are seeing increasing behavior problems related to children having access to smartphones. Students may be exposed to cyberbullying, predators, and explicit content on smartphones.

I encourage all parents, especially those with children in 6th grade and younger, to visit the Wait Until 8th website.

Power Up-It’s a Mother Daughter Thing


If you stop to think about the construction industry, you will realize it is quite unique. The construction industry affects everyone’s lives and results in buildings that increase in value over time. It is a career path where brick and mortar meet cutting edge technology and where employment opportunities are plentiful.

Although the industry offers numerous opportunities, there continues to be a critical skills shortage. Fewer people have entered the industry over time because choosing construction-related careers has not been popular. As a result, the recruitment of women into the construction workforce has been targeted as a potential solution to this labor shortage. Unfortunately, much remains to be done to encourage young women into this field.

In October 2015, Central Six Development Council, Alabama Workforce Council Region 4, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, Robins & Morton and AIDT/AWTC formed a collaborative partnership to present “Power UP: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing!” The first year was a tremendous success with over 300 attendees, employer partners and training providers. Our second annual event promises to educate, engage and encourage more mothers and daughters to explore career opportunities in the construction industry.

Power UP: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing! will take place March 21, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the AIDT/Alabama Workforce Training Center located at 3500 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35222. Selected students  must be accompanied to the event by a female legal guardian to participate. This rule will be strictly enforced. Students will not be allowed entrance without a female adult guardian.

There is limited space available. Any OMMS mothers and daughters who are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity should contact their grade level counselor to request an application packet. Each school can select up to five deserving students to participate. The Power Up application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.