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 where it collaborates with local businesses, law enforcement, schools, and organizations to match kids with resources to help them be successful in four areas: Health, Education, Careers, and Finances.
“Our target market is kids in seventh through twelfth grade, ages 12 to 18,” said CAFY director Dr. Harry Hobbs of the Huntsville Police Department. “But we want the entire family to come, ages one to 99. Anyone can come and go through the Pillars of Success, but only the youth in that age group will be able to register for the drawings.”
This year will have even more food, giveaways, music, and contests than last year’s festivities, which drew a crowd of more than 2,000 kids. Hobbs hopes to top that number this year. Teens will have the chance to register at the door to receive numerous prizes, including U.S. Space and Rocket Center passes. CAFY’s goal is to have youth attend from all areas of the city so that they can become more informed about their futures and build relationships that will foster a positive environment for their success.
Middle and high school students will make their way through 80 booths where they will learn more about various career opportunities in a multitude of fields, including: military, health/medical, professional, law enforcement, and more. In addition to receiving general information about the chosen field, individuals will have the chance to hear a keynote guest speaker for each of the pillars. The speaker will offer personal insights on becoming successful by incorporating the respective pillar into everyday life.
New to the event this year is “Madison County’s Got Talent”, a local talent show for teens. It’s too late to sign up to perform, but the show itself is going to be full of Huntsville & Madison County’s best – singers, dancers, comedy, and even some unusual talents will all be showcased.
Attendees can expect to enjoy free food and soft drinks, as well as prizes and a variety of family-oriented activities, such as a rock-climbing wall, dance contests, martial arts demonstrations, and many other games. Other activities that will be on site is a H3 and video gaming system booth and inflatable bounce houses. Free popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones will also be available and live demonstrations will be offered by the Huntsville Police Department and the Army.
When: Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Jaycee’s Building and Fairgrounds, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville (Map)
Ages: Targeting grades 7-12 / Ages 12-18