Initiatives

making home sweet home

> Housing

Building on the success of partners like the YWCA, we are developing high-quality mixed-income and single family housing and helping homeowners to rehabilitate older housing in order to create opportunities for long-term residency for a broad range of families.

The Park at Wood Station

A high-quality housing development

64

New townhome style units

Leasing Info

For leasing information call 205.703.0593

Housing Rehabilitation Program

before

Before

before

After

76

Homes

Have been rehabilitated as a part of this program to date.

Workshops

We host monthly informational workshops on home maintenance, repairs, and financial literacy. Contact Joe Ayers at joe@woodlawnunited.org for more information.

from cradle to career

> Education

We know that the long-term mission of neighborhood improvement requires a high-quality education pipeline through which every student transitions seamlessly. From birth to career, supports must be in place—both in and out of the classroom—to ensure that students are insulated and kept from “falling out” of the pipeline at any point.

WOODLAWN INNOVATION NETWORK (WIN)

Our education initiative, known as the Woodlawn Innovation Network (WIN), is a partnership between Birmingham City Schools, Woodlawn Foundation, A+ Education Partnership, UAB, Jefferson State Community College, and other community partners to transform the Woodlawn feeder pattern into a dynamic, 21st century system of schools and create a cradle to college and career education pipeline through which students can move seamlessly. Included in this pattern are Woodlawn High School and its four feeder schools, Avondale Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Hayes K-8 and Putnam Middle school.

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Results from WIN


With the ultimate objective to increase college and career readiness for students in the Woodlawn area, the program focuses on more rigorous and relevant coursework at Woodlawn High School and preparing students for success by completely changing the way the four feeder schools operate. Since its implementation, encouraging success has been realized, including:

Feeder Schools:

• Expanded Pre-K offerings to begin preparing students for success at an earlier age
• Middle school initiatives assist in developing creativity, innovation, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
• Community partners providing hands-on learning opportunities
• Project based learning

Woodlawn High School:

• Woodlawn Early College High School programs
• Implementation of Personal Learning Plans for each student
• Personalized and intense acceleration and remediation for college readiness
• Opportunity to earn 25 – 60 transferrable college credits
• Industry and community partners exposing students to real-world problems, real world solutions, and essential workforce skills

18%

Graduation rate increase from 2013 – 2016

25%

of seniors in 2015 graduating class taking college courses

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James Rushton Early Learning and Family Success Center

As a direct result of 2015-2016’s $7.1 million capital campaign, The James Ruston Early Learning Center completed construction and will open in Spring 2017. The 16,000 square foot facility will accommodate up to 100 students, ages six weeks to four years old, with enrollment priority given to Woodlawn families. Tuition will be based on need, with scholarships available to those meeting the criteria.

Managers of Community Partnerships

Managers of Community Partnerships (MCPs) are the school-level quarterbacks for partnerships and comprehensive wrap around services for WIN students. MCPs serve as front line support for parents at each school, modeling strategies parents can use to be empowered advocates for high quality education. There is an MCP assigned to each of the four feeder schools as well as Woodlawn High School.

“I think this is probably the most promising concept I’ve seen in public education in some time. It has great promise. I think Birmingham will be an urban model.”

FORMER STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION ED RICHARDSON

caring for woodlawn's greatest assets - the people

> Community Wellness

We believe community wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. In order to cultivate the healthy and safe neighborhood that Woodlawn’s citizens deserve, we are working with the residents and partners to provide access to health services, wellness programs in schools, more green space, walking trails, healthy food, quality retail amenities, and more.

Community Schools Pilot Program

Youth Development Partnerships

125+ Students Enrolled

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Awesome On Purpose

Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts

Aspire Mentors

Girls On The Run

SMILES FOR KEEPS DENTISTRY

680

STUDENT DENTAL SCREENINGS

GATEWAY, INC.

50+

STUDENTS REFERRED FOR MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY

 

WIN Community Schools

Schools in the Woodlawn Innovation Network (WIN) follow the community schools model. A community school is defined as both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools work from the establishment of five basic pillars:

  • The school has a core instructional program with qualified teachers, a challenging curriculum, and high standards and expectations for students
  • Students are motivated and engaged in learning – both in school and in community settings, during and after school
  • The basic mental, physical, and emotional needs of young people and their families are recognized and addressed
  • There is mutual respect and effective collaboration between families and school staff
  • Community engagement, together with school efforts, promote a school climate that is safe, supportive, and respectful, and connects students to a broader learning community

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve a wide range of results: Children are ready to enter school; students attend school consistently; students are actively involved in learning and their community; families are increasingly involved with their children's education; schools are engaged with families and communities; students succeed academically; students are healthy - physically, socially, and emotionally; students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment, and communities are desirable places to live.

School managers of community partnerships play a key role in achieving these goals. MCPs facilitate and provide leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for children, families and community members within a school neighborhood. They are responsible for building relationships with school staff and community partners, for engaging the families and community residents, and coordinating an efficient delivery of support to students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Partner Highlights

Christ Health Center

18,384

MEDICAL & DENTAL VISITS

2,280

CASE MANAGEMENT VISTS

16,012

PERSCRIPTIONS FILLED

Urban Food Project

5.7 TONS

of fresh fruits and vegetables sold in corner stores

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2 ACRES

WOODLAWN URBAN FARM

$2920

REVENUE FROM WIN STUDENT RUN FARMER'S MARKETS