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CAFY - Huntsville, Alabama

CONGRATULATIONS to our July 2014 CAFY Star 99.1 Young Citizen of the Month--Michael Milam!!!

Michael Milam, youth leader, wins Star-99 CAFY Young Citizen July 2014 for Huntsville 

 

Michael Milam, standing at back, left, joins other members of the Huntsville Housing Authority's Youth Council Administrative Team, for which Milam has been communications director. Milam, a 2014 graduate of New Century High School in Huntsville, Ala., has been chosen as the July 2014 CAFY Young Citizen of the Month for his leadership, excellence in personal development and determination to help others. (Courtesy/Frederick Whitlow II)

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Michael Milam, who lives in Butler Terrace, one of the neighborhoods of the Huntsville Housing Authority, can add CAFY Young Citizen of the Month for July 2014 to his list of awards, which includes Youth of the Year from the Seminole Drive Boys & Girls Club and awards for mentoring. (Courtesy/Frederick Whitlow II) 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Michael Milam, a recent graduate of New Century Technology High School in Huntsville, Ala., has been named the July 2014 Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen. He will officially receive the award at the beginning of the Huntsville City Council meeting on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 6 p.m. The City Council meets at 308 Fountain Circle in Huntsville in the ground floor council room.

Michael Milam first caught his attention, says Frederick Whitlow II, the Youth and Family Services Coordinator for the Huntsville Housing Authority, when he was part of a group of teenagers who had volunteered to help with a project in one of the neighborhoods. As the afternoon progressed and the energy of some young people flagged, Milam kept going, Whitlow said.

"If you ask Mike to do something, he'll stay until the end," Whitlow said. "His is just such a helpful spirit."

Currently the communications director for the Huntsville Housing Authority's Youth Council Administration and a council member of the Partnership for Drug-Free America, Michael Milam is already working on the skills he hopes to use in the future in a multi-media company. He expects to earn a technical degree at Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, and then at Alabama A & M University.

"He's got a great plan," Whitlow said, "and he's very intelligent and very positive. His ultimate goal is to become wealthy enough to be a philanthropist. He wants to give back -- and he does that now as a mentor at the Boys & Girls Club."

Milam regularly helps plan and conduct events for the community, including the Boys & Girls Club's annual anti-bully rally, fundraising events for the Boys and Girls Club, and also helping at Manna House, a community food bank.

"I salute his effort and applaud his work ethics," Whitlow said. "I believe he is a great example to others -- youth and adults. Mr. Milam helps everyone he meets."

The Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen award recognizes youth in the community who are already leading the way in community service. CAFY, which stands for Community Awareness For Youth, and Star 99.1 FM have partnered with Huntsville City and Madison County Schools, the Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville's Office of Multicultural Affairs, Huntsville's Human Relations Commission and DynCorp International to sponsor the recognition of one young person in grades seven through 12 each month who is an example of outstanding community service.

A Young Citizen of the Year, chosen from the monthly winners, will be announced each August at the annual back-to-school event organized by CAFY.

Nominate a student for the award at MyStar99.com or by contacting Dr. Harry Hobbs, director of CAFY, at 256-425-5307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 

CAFY The Huntsville Police Department, the City of Huntsville Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, the City of Huntsville Human Relations Commission, Huntsville/Madison County Schools, DynAviation, and STAR 99.1 are honoring a YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE MONTH for recognition!

We are searching for deserving nominees who have gone above and beyond serving their community, church/congregation, school, friends, or family. 

Adults can nominate a STAR 99.1 / CAFY YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE MONTH candidate if they are a member of a civic organization, clergy or any school system.

The Monthly winner will receive:

* A City Mayoral certificate

* A HRC Certificate

* DynAviation Gift Card
* CAFY Coin of Excellence
* STAR 99.1 Prize Pack
* Radio/TV Interviews

To nominate please go to www.mystar99.com  or call  256-425-5307



 



 Please keep an eye and ear out for more information about CAFY 2014

The home of "MADISON COUNTY'S GOT TALENT!"

http://youtu.be/h5-rni-JOlY

Please click on this brand new video link from Huntsville City and see if you can find YOU!!! :)


CAFY, which stands for Community Awareness For Youth, is a strategic initiative of the Huntsville Police Department designed to prepare the youth of Madison County for success as they venture into adulthood, enter the workforce or pursue higher education. CAFY hosts this annual event for youth (Grades 7-12 / Ages 12-18) where it collaborates with local businesses, law enforcement, schools and organizations to match kids with resources to help them be successful in each of the four pillars (Health, Education, Careers and Finances). CAFY 2014 will be held on Saturday-August 16, 2014 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Jaycee's Building and Fairgrounds, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville, Alabama.

CAFY is the brainchild of Dr. Harry Hobbs, who currently serves as the HPD Communication Relations Officer. He's been volunteering and reaching out to the youth since he was 24. He and his wife, Erica Hobbs, threw themselves into outreach programs focusing on kids who could use a helping hand or a mentor. Together with soldiers and citizens alike, the Hobbs' taught self improvement projects to kids, and ran a drug prevention and awareness camp in Lawton/Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Before joining the HPD, Harry taught JROTC for three years at Columbia High School where he helped instill discipline and motivation into high school students.

Hobbs pitched the idea of CAFY in 2011 as a way to reach out and show love to the city. He worked with the Huntsville Police Department and local officials to iron out the details and the rest is history in the making! CAFY kicked off in 2011 with a back to school event at the Jaycees Building and Fairgrounds, which has become an annual event that continues to grow each year. Madison City and MadisonCountyhave all joined up with CAFY in its mission to give Madison County youth the tools necessary to achieve success by providing guidance, knowledge and resources that enable the adolescents to gain insight into what it takes to become a successful adult.

Besides the informational booths inside offering resources for the four pillars, YOU can look forward to having a good time with the many demonstrations, games, contests and music. Education and fun? Absolutely! "There's going to be information, but we want them to have fun, too." Hobbs emphasized, "life is serious business, but we can have fun and still do what we need to do, too."

Our target market is ages 12-18 or grades 7-12.

However, this back to school event has something to offer all ages 1-99!

COMPETE in our 2nd Annual CAFY Talent Competition with awesome trophies and great prizes!

It just might "Pay Off" for you/your competition team!

Just click on the "Madison County's Got Talent" link above to register

 

 

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