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  • Lifestyle

    Hurricane Relief and Ways You Can Help

    Hurricane Relief and Ways You Can Help

    With the recent natural disaster, Hurricane Michael, and even Hurricane Florence, you may be wondering how you can help. It does not matter if you live in the area or if you live hundreds or thousands of miles away from the affected areas, there are still opportunities to make a difference for those who experienced the devastation.

    If you have additional funds available to you, and you would like to donate to disaster relief here are some ways to do so:

    At this time, donating supplies is not recommended, but there may still be local churches that are taking up donations if you would like to help in this way.

    If you are interested in volunteering for this relief program, check out these links:

    If you do not have the time or funds to donate to the relief, you can always donate blood. The American Red Cross needs blood daily, so when disaster strikes it becomes even more in demand. There are plenty of local places to donate for the American Red Cross, and here is a link to find one near you: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

    Times like this can be terrifying, but if everyone sticks together and does something, even if it’s small, a difference can be made. I know some retail stores are accepting $1-$10 donations upon check out, so you could even go shopping and still help someone in need.

    I remember when the April 27, 2011 tornadoes tore through miles of cities and left homes demolished and people stranded. It was not hard to want to help then, and I do not think it will ever be a tough decision to want to help in any way I can. I will be donating blood soon and hope to catch the rooms full. Please consider how you would like people to respond to your needs in such a time, but if you absolutely cannot do any of the things listed above, just getting the word out there for other people to try and participate is good enough.

  • Articles, School, work

    How To Spruce Up Your High School Resume

    How To Spruce Up Your High School Resume

    In high school, my resume was kind of rough. What little information I had on it wasn’t very well formatted, which is why I am going to explore some ways you can make your high school resume more appealing. Keep in mind that there are a ton of different resume templates that you can find for free online, so if you haven’t started building one yet, those free templates are a good starting point.

    Valid Resume Items That You Might Not Know To Include
    There are certain things that you should be putting on your resume if it needs a little fluff. Some of these things include:

    -baby sitting/ pet sitting
    -errand services/ running errands
    -tutoring
    -relevant coursework to what you are applying for

    Join / Start A Club
    If none of the above activities apply to you, then I would suggest joining or creating a club. Creating and then maintaining your own club would be a very impressive accomplishment for a high schooler, so keep that in mind.

    Volunteer
    Another way to beef up your resume would be by volunteering as much as possible. Make it your thing to volunteer at your local animal shelter on the weekends, or anywhere that contributes to a cause you’re passionate about. This demonstrates community involvement and contribution, which reflects positively on your character.

    Part Time Job
    If you can balance a part time job and school work, then that’s great. Colleges and employers like knowing that you have good work ethic and time management skills.

    Internships
    No, internships aren’t just for college students. Participating in a summer internship in high school will make you seem very mature and focused.

    Learn A New Skill
    This can be anything that you can learn at home that would look good on a resume, like learning a computer coding language on Khan Academy, or getting a certification from Google Analytics. Both are free resources just waiting to teach you highly sought after skills.

    But let’s say that coding isn’t your thing. There are a ton of free online learning resources for a wide variety of skills. One example is iTunes U, which offers free courses on a whole bunch of subjects.

    Click here for a link to Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
    Click here for a link to Google Analytics: https://analytics.google.com/analytics/academy/
    Click here for a link to iTunes U: http://www.open.edu/itunes/

    OK, But What About Formatting?
    Formatting is really really important if you want your resume to look professional. Make sure that you fit everything onto one page. Put a header at the beginning of the document with your bolded name slightly bigger than everything else. You want to ensure that each subheading is bolded and slightly bigger than the information underneath it.

    For examples of different resume templates, click here: https://resumegenius.com/resume-templates

    https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/improve-high-school-resume
    https://www.mma-tx.org/blog/12406/strengthen-high-school-resume-count-ways/
    https://www.satprepgroup.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-high-school-resume-over-the-summer/
    https://careercenter.georgetown.edu/resumes-cover-letters/resume-formatting-tips

  • Animals, TRENDING

    Passion in Action: My Birmingham Zoo Volunteer Experience by Marie Harris

    Recently I had the privilege of attending the Young Women’s Empowerment Conference, a day long event whose name speaks for itself. The day was full of influential women and unifying activities, and around noon, attendees broke out for a “booth” session, where organizations throughout the community discussed their work and how we as young women could contribute to their causes. One booth present this year was the Birmingham Zoo, and I excitedly joined Kirsten Smith, the zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator and one of my personal inspirations, to distribute information (and origami elephants) on the myriad avenues of service the zoo offers. Kirsten wanted me to give a “volunteer’s perspective” on why someone should consider volunteering at the zoo, but as I stood there, I realized just how hard it was to fully recount how invaluable volunteering with the zoo has been for me.

    In my personal experience, I have been trained for pachyderm area, Giraffe Feeding Station, ReptileCrew, and interacting with visitors on the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) spectrum. I’ve listened to lectures from UAB professors, joined meetings with the Alabama Paleontological Society, and supervised volunteers for zoo special events. I’ve made lifelong friends from schools I didn’t even know existed, gained countless mentors, and spilled entire trays of baked beans during Teacher Night. A science project I conducted in the zoo’s butterfly garden placed first at the Alabama Junior Academy of Science and later received honorable mention at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. I was even honored with the Community Service Award at YWEC 2016 through recommendation from the zoo’s Volunteer Manager Alonia Diaz.
    And, I must admit, all of that sounds super cool! I would be lying, however, if I said that these were the greatest things I’ve gained from volunteering at the zoo. Truthfully, the greatest impact the zoo has made on me is that it has granted me an unparalleled sense of self confidence. It is for that reason that I strongly encourage young people like you (yes, you!) to apply to volunteer at the Birmingham Zoo.

    When I first applied to volunteer, I was an awkward and generally unsociable sophomore in high school. In retrospect, I had no idea what I anticipated for that summer, other than it was something new to try. My first assignment was CampCrew, where I assisted with the children in the zoo’s summer camps. From that, my next assignment was biofacts, which are mini-presentations where you utilize given artifacts (essentially conversation starters) relating to a selected animal to “interpret” to visitors passing through the exhibit. This latter task proved very challenging, as engaging with others was not my forte. In all situations, however, I intentionally forced myself to persevere, and soon engaging and speaking with others felt very natural for me. To this day, you can’t get me to shut up!

    At the end of the summer, Alonia planned a Volunteer Appreciation Party for all of the teen volunteers. It was at this party, which I of course arrived late to, that I was presented with a certificate signifying my promotion to Zoofari Teen. Zoofari Teen is the highest promotion a teen volunteer can receive and typically takes three years to achieve. I was thus beyond shocked and even more so honored that I was able to reach this level with only a summer’s worth of experience. Knowing that the staff at the zoo had so much faith in my competency as to allow me to receive this promotion granted me so much confidence, and since then, I have channelled this confidence in everything I do, enabling me to embark on ventures I would have never imagined myself attempting. I am therefore forever grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at the Birmingham Zoo, and I wholeheartedly advocate for others to apply as a volunteer so they too can experience the empowerment which I have hereby encountered.
    Though there are many reasons you should consider volunteering here, from service hours to free zoo admission, the Birmingham Zoo is incredible because of the people that comprise it. By volunteering at the zoo, you will get the opportunity to join a family of people who maintain a common passion and appreciation for the natural world and who share a mutual commitment to inspiring and investing this love in others. So break out of your shell, and apply to be a volunteer at the Birmingham Zoo today!

    Applications for the Birmingham Zoo’s Teen Volunteer program are due April 8, 2017 and can be accessed at www.birminghamzoo.com. For more information regarding the volunteer programs at the Birmingham Zoo, contact Alonia Diaz at [email protected]