High school step show competition and health fair to be held April 25, 2020

Wayne State University College of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Cynthera McNeill has organized S.A.V.E. T.H.E.M. (Stomping Away Various Epidemics by Teaching Health Education and Mentoring), a high school step show competition and health fair. She along with Drs. Umeika Stephens and Tara Walker, College of Nursing faculty members, started the non-profit S.A.V.E. T.H.E.M. in 2014.

The aim of the free April 25, 2020 event is to educate Detroit youth about health promotion and disease prevention specific to health issues affecting their age group. It will be held at Cody High School (18445 Cathedral St. Detroit, MI 48228) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2020 theme is: "Stomping Out" Substance Abuse (Opioids, IV Drugs, Alcohol ect.).

"It's a chance for the community to surround and support our youth as they creatively express themselves while teaching their peers about substance abuse, in particular," said McNeill.

"Stomping Out" is an annual High School Step Show Competition and Resource Fair geared towards High school aged youth. The purpose of the event is for the community to surround and support the youth as they creatively express themselves while teaching their peers about health promotion and disease prevention specific to health issues affecting their age group.

This youth led initiative was a great success last year with over 300 youth in attendance and over 50 vendors and has become an annual initiative. View footage from SAVETHEM 2019 Youth Resource Fair and Step Show​: https://youtu.be/S4pwZ0slsHU​

For more Information, please visit: www.savethemdetroit.org. If you are interested in becoming a community partner, sponsor or volunteer for S.A.V.E.T.H.E.M., contact McNeill at 313-577-0258 or email aq6139@wayne.edu.

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