Better Detroit Youth Movement to Stomp Out HIV Saturday, April 12

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Organization hosting resource fair and step show competition with $1,000 grand prize at Don Bosco Community Center

March 17, 2014

Detroit, MI –The Better Detroit Youth Movement (BDYM) will host its third annual Stomping Out High School Step Show and Resource Fair on Saturday, April 12, at Don Bosco Community Center on 19321 West Chicago Street in Detroit from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a celebration of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, April 10.

Started in 2012 as a youth-led initiative, Stomping Out was created to support high school students and young adults as they creatively express themselves while teaching their peers about health promotion and disease prevention specific to health issues affecting their age group. The step show is an opportunity for youth step squads to compete and win the $1,000 grand prize. Attendees can also interact with several vendors and partners who will offer resources to help lead them to healthier outcomes.

“As a product of Detroit, I know the positive impact that our community based organizations make on the youth and I want to leverage that influence and support so that we can have a unified stance for healthier outcomes for our youth,” said Dr. Cynthera McNeill, clinical faculty member at Wayne State University College of Nursing and partner of the BDYM. “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 that I passionately look forward to supporting.”

Other current partners for Stomping Out include:

  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
  • AIDS Partnership of Michigan
  • The UPLIFT Program
  • Wayne State University College of Nursing
  • W.A.Y.E (Women and Youth Endeavors)

For more information, or to become an event partner or vendor, please contact Dr. McNeill at (313) 577-0258 or


The Better Detroit Youth Movement (BDYM) is a non-profit coalition of positive-minded individuals and groups who are committed to working together with communities, parents, schools and students to improve the quality of life and learning for our city’s children.

Citizen volunteerism, youth engagement and participation are key components of the BDYM. We believe by fostering higher levels of communication, cooperation and collaboration among our citizens and communities, while seeking out areas where we can better work together, we will achieve greater success with and for our young generation.

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