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Birmingham, AL

2009 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Birmingham Cedric D. Sparks, Sr.
Executive Director
Division of Youth Services
Director Mueller and Cedric D. Sparks, Sr.

The Birmingham Division has selected Cedric D. Sparks, Sr., to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award.

Mr. Sparks is the executive director for the City of Birmingham Mayor's Office-Division of Youth Services (DYS). He was appointed to DYS in 1998 while serving as administrative assistant to the mayor. He was promoted in June 1999 to the position of operations manager. In August 2000, he was named director of operations, and in July 2002, he was appointed executive director of DYS. During his leadership, in 2008 Birmingham was named as one of the 100 best communities for young people in America.

Mr. Sparks also serves as the program facilitator for Project Corporate Leadership, a leadership program designed for high-potential middle managers, sponsored by the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Some of his many honors include:

  • Named by the Birmingham News as one of the "15 Leaders of the Future"
  • Presented by Ebony magazine with a "Top 30 Young Leaders of the Future Award"
  • Presented with the Birmingham Business Journal "Top 40 Under 40" Award
  • Awarded "Mentor of the Year"

Mr. Sparks serves as president of the Birmingham Chapter of 100 Black Men and also serves on that organization’s National Board of Directors.

Birmingham's DYS programs have grown substantially under Mr. Sparks. He has established several creative programs that have helped nurture the youth in Birmingham, including:

  • Kids and Jobs Program;
  • Caught Doing Good Campaign, which partners with the Birmingham Police Department and the Municipal Court System;
  • Spotlight on Youth Television Program, which airs four times a week on a local cable network;
  • Programs that Work Awards, which are given to excellent youth service providers; and
  • Freeality Check, a program that gives a dose of reality to young people who are making bad choices.
FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
DCLA Award

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2009 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2009 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Clarksburg
- Cleveland
- Dallas
- Denver
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles

- Memphis
- Miami
- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- Newark
- New Orleans
- New York
- Norfolk
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field

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