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CAFY - Huntsville, Alabama

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Haleigh Briggs, named STAR 99 - CAFY Young Citizen December 2014!!!


CONGRATULATIONS To Our Newest Winner of the CAFY-Star99.1 Young Citizen of the Month Award, December, Ms. Haleigh Briggs!

Haleigh Briggs
Junior at Huntsville High School

Nominated by her Supervisor Ms. Melissa Reynolds

Haleigh is an amazing young woman who is devoted to serving others. She is a gifted student, is involved in multiple activities at her school and is well-liked by her peers. She is one of the most talented dancers in our region and is a National Title Holder at one of the country's largest and most competitive dance events. She is deserving of recognition for her service to others and will take this honor as motivation to continue her servant leadership.

Haleigh has volunteered for The Johnny Stallings Arts Program (JSAP) at Merrimack Hall for five years, devoting an average of 10 hours a week in the service of children with special needs. She has organized events at Hampton Cove Middle School and Huntsville High School to raise money for JSAP and has never missed a volunteer commitment with our organization. She is involved in various service clubs through her church and school but the bulk of her community service is done at our organization.

Haleigh has been involved in service work since she was 11-years-old, increasing her hours of service each year. She assist our students with special needs in their weekly classes, summer camps and multiple performances around the community. Haleigh has even skipped social events such as the prom so that she could help our students participate in a planned activity.

Haleigh works on behalf of people with special needs such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and other conditions, assisting them in their participation in the arts. She works one-on-one with younger students (ages 3-12) and with small groups of older students (ages 13-35). She actively recruits other teens to work with our program and treats our students with respect, offering them her sincere friendship.

Haleigh says that she has learned more from the students she is assisting than they could ever learn from her. Haleigh has a servant's heart and is driven to share her love of dance and the arts with those who are normally denied access to them. She believe that everyone should have the right to participate in the arts and devotes herself to facilitating their participation. It is her passion for the arts that motivates her to share the arts with others.

Haleigh holds multiple national title in dance from prestigious dance events; she is on the dance team at Huntsville HIgh School, is active in student government and YoungLife and holds many leadership positions in service clubs at school.


On behalf of the Community Awareness For Youth (CAFY) Program and Star 99.1 FM, we are honored to present Ms. Haleigh Briggs with the Star99.1-CAFY Young Citizen of the Month Award for December 2014!

This is just a brief preview of our WINNER...more to follow real soon!  

C.A.F.Y. Daymond Billups was nominated by his Scoutmaster, HPD Officer Tory Green. Green has worked with Daymond for over 7 years and has observed the demonstration of Billups' leadership skills, verbal communication skills and abilities. These skills along with his community service and being a member at The Rock Church, have contributed to him being highly respected by his peers. MORE ON THIS FINE YOUNG GENTLEMAN LATER....to be continued... 











Emily Lapidus,a senior at Huntsville High School and a volunteer since she was in third grade, was recognized as the STAR 99.1 / CAFY Young Citizen of the Month during Oct. 9, 2014, Huntsville City Council meeting.  (Courtesy/Lapidus family)

Kay CampbellFollow on Twitter on October 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM


Chandler Foster, a recent graduate of New Century Technology High School in Huntsville, Ala., was selected as the Young Citizen of the Year during the annual Back-to-School celebration hosted by Huntsville, the Huntsville Police and Community Awareness for Youth. A winner of the May award, he was selected for the year's title from among the monthly winners.           (Kay Campbell/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


Wallace Parham, an honors graduate of Sparkman High School in Huntsville, Ala., and an active community and church volunteer, is the August 2014 Star 99-CAFY Young Citizen for Huntsville. (Courtesy/Parham family)


Mathew Reed,a senior at Columbia High School who is an athlete, honor student and volunteer tutor to his classmates, was selected as the February 2014 Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen of the Month for Huntsville and Madison County, Ala. (Courtesy / CAFY)







Alanis Craig,a senior at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., was the January 2014 winner of the Star 99.1 CAFY Young Citizen Award sponsored by the radio station, the Huntsville Police Department and other organizations and businesses. Craig volunteers at many places, including Hospice Family Care's Caring House and as a leader of the United Way Youth Council. (Courtesy / Huntsville Police Department)

Estienne Trudeau,a senior at Huntsville High School, is the March 2014 winner of the Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen Award. (Courtesy / Estienne Trudeau)

Mariah Gullatte,the April 2014 Young Citizen of the Month, talks with David Mineta, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mariah was chosen to represent the State of Alabama by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Urban Programs Health Rocks! Program for her leadership skills and her essay on drugs, tobacco and alcohol at the National Drug Facts Week Symposium and Health Rocks Training Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Mineta was the keynote speaker for the conference. (Courtesy / Mariah Gullate)

Sabrina Swistek,a senior at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Ala., with a black belt in karate and an early acceptance to the veterinary medicine track at university, steadies one of the dozens of dogs she knows from her weekly volunteer work at Peace, Love and Animals shelter in Tanner. Swistek is the June 2014 STAR 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen. (Courtesy/Jodi Lemley)

Michael Milam,who lives in Butler Terrace, one of the neighborhoods of the Huntsville Housing Authority, added 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)

C.A.F.Y. /STAR 99.1, the Huntsville Police Department, the City of Huntsville Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, the City of Huntsville Human Relations Commission, Huntsville/Madison County Schools, and DynAviation 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


C.A.F.Y. 2014

Madison County’s Got Talent Winners!

Dr. Harry Hobbs,center, founder of Community Awareness for Youth, awards a trophy to the Prima Dancers during the Community Awareness for Youth Back-to-School celebration held in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.   The day-long event sponsored by the Huntsville Police Department and City and many local businesses, connected youth and their families to resources and enrichment activities in the Huntsville Area. 

(Kay Campbell/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please click on the following link to view other contestants and CAFY's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HuntsvilleCAFY


 Please keep an eye and ear out for more information about CAFY 2015!



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 2015 will be held on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Jaycee's Building and Fairgrounds, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville, Alabama shortly before the new school year begins.  The exact date will be announced soon!  

CAFY was founded by Dr. Harry Hobbs, who formerly served as the HPD Communication Relations Officer. Hobbs has been volunteering and reaching out to the youth since he was 24.  In response to a call God placed on their hearts, 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, citizens, and church groups alike, they taught self improvement and self sufficiency to kids and directed-coordinated 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.

In response to HPD's Strategic Initiative request, Hobbs pitched the idea of CAFY in 2011 as a way for the Huntsville Police Department and the City of Huntsville 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 MadisonCounty have 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, give away items, food 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 3rd 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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