At Altamont, we believe that all students have the ability to lead. The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center helps students find their unique expression of leadership and empowers them to discover the strength and beauty of service through The Four Pillars of the Miree Center.

Learn about the wonderful work our students are doing in the Birmingham community.

Visit our Upper School Leadership Portfolio webpage.

Miree Leadership
Upper School
Miree Leaders create and implement Miree Projects based on individual interests that serve a need in the greater Birmingham community. Additionally, Miree Leaders complete over 80 hours of community service, attend 12 cultural events, and successfully defend their leadership experiences in order to earn the Miree Commendation on the Altamont diploma. An example of a Miree Project is a 5K color run that two students created to raise money and awareness for the nonprofit Rise Against Hunger. Through their efforts more than 40,000 meals were purchased and packaged.

Middle School students apply to the LEAD program and collaboratively develop Middle School initiatives within the Altamont community. LEAD projects include Middle School dances, service projects, and all-school assemblies. In Feb. 2019, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke at Altamont's Black History month assembly at the invitation of Middle School LEAD students.

Service Corps
Service Corps is Altamont’s hub for community service. Service Corps participants step out into the community with open hearts and open minds to assist people and causes in need of help.

Spring 2021 Miree Center Service Corp Opportunities

eBookBuddy Reading and Literacy Program

10th grader Priya Soni is bringing a pilot online reading/literacy program to Alabama for her Miree Project, and we'd love for 7th-12th grade students (and/or parents) to apply to teach reading to students at Irondale Community School. Tutoring will take place online on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30 minutes between 4:15-5:15 p.m.  To volunteer, click here.

Fall 2020 Miree Center Service Corp Drives

Ladies of Lavender Drive (Oct. 13-16)

What to donate: Pads, tampons, menstrual cups, feminine wipes, small hand warmers (used as heating pads), Advil, zip locks, and panty liners.

Let's Break the Outbreak (Oct. 13-16)

Break the Outbreak is a national organization with chapters in over 20 cities across the country and is entirely led by high school students. Birmingham's chapter, led by current senior Matthew Mugweru, has already donated 70 sustainably made face masks for residents at the Jimmie Hale Mission!
What to donate: old cotton clothes that will go toward producing face masks for Birmingham's underdeveloped communities.

Ronald McDonald House Drive (Oct. 13-23)

What to donate: Disinfecting wipes, disinfecting cleaning spray, hand sanitizer, paper towels, paper plates and bowls, napkins, disposable cutlery, cups, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, toilet paper and 55-gallon trash bags.



Heritage Panel
Heritage Panel teaches tolerance and acceptance through discourse. Panelists bring personal stories into the classroom as the springboard for dialogue about values and beliefs.

Global Initiatives
Through lectures, films, and focus groups, Altamont students are exposed to cultural and global issues in our own backyard and around the world. Friends of the World is a Middle School arm of Miree with a focus on global and environmental awareness.

List of Current Partners and Miree Project Placements

AG Gaston Boys and Girls Club
Alabama Environmental Council
Alabama Foodbank
Alethia House
Altamont School
Dress Code Committee
Monarch Butterfly Community
New Student Orientation Overhaul
Student Driver Safety
Boys and Girls Club
Children’s Hospital
Community Food Bank
Disability Rights and Resources
EPIC Elementary
Firehouse Shelter
Girls Inc
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Helen’s Angels for Children’s Hospital Cardiac Unit
Kick Butts Antismoking
Kulture City
Lovelady Center
McWane Center
Mufinidi Orphans
Red Mountain Park
Rise Against Hunger
Saint Martins in the Pines Memory Care Unit
STAIR (Start The Adventure in Reading) at IPC
Students Today, Leaders Forever
Team Sanfilippo

Applying to Miree

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Overview of Miree Center

Requirements for Leadership Program

Global Initiatives

Heritage Panel

Service Corps

Miree Student Advisory Board

Katherine Berdy '91
Director, C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center

Niko Tsivourakis
Director, Global Initiative

Global Initiatives Weebly Page


Laura Ottaviani-Chacon Director, Service Corps


Dan Carsen
Director, Heritage Panel