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Let’s Read! Birmingham City Council Interns Create A Literacy Resolution to Enhance Reading Programs in Birmingham City Schools

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.08.27 AMInternships can create a variety of opportunities including career advancement and hands on training in select industries or access to networking platforms that evolve into mentorships. Capitalizing on their teamwork, the 2016 Birmingham City Council Institute (BCCI) Interns were determined to turn their unique internship into a collective effort geared towards improving education. With an organized strategy, they researched and developed solutions to enhance reading programs within Birmingham’s School System.

This past Tuesday Birmingham City Councilors moved forward and unanimously approved a resolution to implement a literacy and mentorship program. This resolution also encouraged consideration and further development of the policy through additional research and discussion of this reading initiative.

Council President Austin lauded the BCCI Interns’ achievements and emphasized that the millennial generation of leaders are instrumental contributors to solutions to many issues that affect the City of Birmingham as a whole.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the 2016 Birmingham City Council Institute Internship program this summer, Council President Austin said. “Our students not only showed up ready to learn the many aspects of what we do as leaders in public service, but they also served to create change that would effect many of their peers.”

The BCCI Interns determined that community engagement was a major factor in creating change in addressing failing schools and recommended that the literacy program incorporate a community investment of resources including but not limited to tutoring and mentoring through peer-to-peer accountability and guidance from skilled mentors. In efforts to reach measurable solutions, students participating in this proposed program will be required to read and pass a comprehension test on a minimum of ten books per semester and twenty over the entire school year. To learn more about the program and the BCCI Interns, please view the video in the top left corner.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.