Archive for May, 2018

Local schools hold spoken word event as part of National Prevention Week

May 26, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Coalition For Health Promotion, a project of the Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, sponsored two spoken word school events on Friday.

The events are apart of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week efforts to reduce youth substance use.

The spoken words took place at South Side Academy at 10 a.m. and Kirkmere Elementary School at 1 p.m. They featured the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a group of adolescent males ages 8-18 from Cleveland, Ohio.

The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word is known for taking classic poetry pieces, movement poetry (mime/breaking/ flexing) and combine it with the art of spoken word. Their performances feature the literary works of Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Countee Cullen and others.

“As a part of National Prevention Week, We, The Coalition For Health Promotion invited The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word. It was great to hear the messages they shared with our students.Letting them know that they have different options to turn to in life.The group is a part of the Cleveland Umadaop and is coached by Ms.HoneyBell-Bey ” said Joseph Napier RA, DFC Coordinator.

The Coalition For Health Promotion is a group of local community members that share a mission to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol among the youth in the area. They also set out to strengthen the community collaboration among different non profits and community based organizations.