Youth/Kids

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Dramatically Improve the Life of a Local Child: Be a CASA Volunteer

March 28, 2022

Special Feature By investing in the life of a local child in need, you can change their story for good. For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) can help make a difference by helping them work their way through the court and child welfare systems in search of …

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Unpacking the Teenage Brain

January 26, 2022

Here’s to your Health Brought to you by: Community Partner Compact, www.compact2020.com Did you know big things are happening in the brain during adolescence and that the brain isn’t fully developed until the mid-twenties? Studies show that adolescence is a unique phase in development in which the reward center of the brain is more active …

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Raising Responsible Social Media Users

December 28, 2021

Here’s to your Health Brought to you by Community Partner COMPACT, www.compact2020.com Every day, the world on the internet changes. From Tiktok dances to devastating news about a social media icon, the world on the internet can seem overwhelming to parents but it is the reality kids live in today. Sitting down with your child …

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham Celebrates National Mentoring Month

December 28, 2021

Special Feature January is National Mentoring Month which is a great time to apply to become a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. As an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham (BBBS) has provided positive adult role models for youth through its mentoring …

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Important Mental Health Resource for Alabama Parents: PIRC

October 26, 2021

Healthy Living Navigating the mental health care system can be challenging for patients, families and providers. Add to that, a COVID-19 pandemic that upended nearly all aspects of ‘normal’ life almost overnight. However, the team of clinicians who make up the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) at Children’s of Alabama continued to connect adult callers …

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The Importance of Talking with Your Child About Fire Safety

September 23, 2021

Healthy Living October is Fire Safety Month and Children’s of Alabama and Safe Kids Worldwide are reminding families about fire safety and burn prevention. Among all preventable injuries, fire and burns are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 19 and under. Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire. …

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The Dangers of Vaping- Particularly for Teens

August 26, 2021

Healthy Living Brought to you by: Community Partner Compact, www.compact2020.com What is vaping? Also referred to as e-cigs, e-hookahs, ends, or juulings, vapes or e-cigarettes are devices that operate by heating a liquid solution to a high enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol that is inhaled. When e-cigarettes first began entering the market …

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Vestavia Teen Lives Active Life Despite Severe Blood Disorder

August 26, 2021

Healthy Living 19-year-old Arielle McFarland enjoys painting, attends Lawson State Community College and is a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She lives a very active life despite having a severe blood disorder called sickle cell anemia hemoglobin SS. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited gene from both parents. Sickle cells are abnormally-shaped red blood cells that …

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Helping Grandkids Head Back to School

August 26, 2021

Senior  Scene As a child I loved the start of a new school year. Fresh notebooks, clean paper, the skill of sharpening your pencil to a perfect point!  However, what may be exciting for some children may be upsetting to others facing new teachers, classmates, bus drivers, and schedules. One thing of which we can …

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Dangers of Underage Drinking

July 26, 2021

Healthy Living  Brought to you by: Community Partner Compact, www.compact2020.com  How big of a risk is alcohol use among teens? To illustrate the extent of alcohol misuse and abuse among teens and young adults in the United States, consider this: Alcohol is the most widely used substance by teens and young adults. 14 years old …

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