College Advising

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Summer and Other Enrichment Programs

Students often ask me about summer opportunities, so I wanted to share these resources. Here are some places to search for summer enrichment programs:

ASFA offers scholarships to help students attend summer programs related to their Specialty; your Specialty Department chair can tell you more next semester.


Army Educational Outreach STEM Opportunities: Deadline February 28

Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) - residential summer high school program: This month-long course offers a full year’s high school science credit, approved by the Alabama Department of Education. http://www.disl.org/dhp 

Family Dive Club - Scuba camps and trips for students and families, led by ASFA counselor Ms. Marble. High school marine science credit available. 

Governor's School - ASFA is allowed to nominate up to four academically strong juniors to attend a short, residential, summer program of academic and extra-curricular activities at Samford University usually held in June.   This year's theme is "American Vision:  World View."  Courses will include fine arts, web design, modern legal systems, research science, business, and medicine. There will be opportunities to meet business, academic, and political leaders from Alabama and beyond.  Each student is responsible for the cost of participation, which was $450 plus $30 in fees for 2018.  In addition, all transportation to and from the school and money for personal expenses is the responsibility of the student.  Students are encouraged to seek assistance from church, civic, business or corporate sources.  A limited number of need-based scholarships of up to $300 will be awarded.  Please see Mrs. Kennedy in Student Services if you would like to be considered for this opportunity. Deadline is usually in March.

Urban Service Camp  A service & leadership experience that brings youth ages 13-18 from around the Birmingham metro area together.

Healthcare Opportunities

Cahaba Valley Healthcare: Provides healthcare screenings to low-income populations, mainly dental and vision, mainly on Sunday afternoons. They especially welcome people with Spanish speaking skills, but not required. Volunteer information available at https://www.cahabavalleyhealthcare.org/volunteer​​​​​​​.

Rural Health Scholars for 11th graders interested in healthcare careers and who live in rural Alabama. Deadline to apply is March 15.

Many hospitals, such as UAB and Childrens Hospital of Alabama. sponsor volunteer programs; contact individual hospitals for details.

Teen Entrepreneur Summer Camp: Do you have a teenager who is interested in learning how to start their own business? Join us for our annual Teen Entrepreneur Summer Camp. This one-week camp will be jammed packed with tons of information to teach teens about entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Visit https://ymfalabama.org/

Job Opportunities​​​​​​​

Soccer Referees: Have you played soccer? Do you love the game? Want to make some extra income and literally get paid to exercise? Are you looking to do something meaningful that makes a difference? https://bhamnow.com/index.php/2017/01/24/help-wanted-soccer-referees/ 

Red Mountain Park: Part-time seasonal guides wanted. See flyer at the bottom of this page.