Project AWARE hosts 4th annual Step Show Competition

Posted by JD Graffam on April 07, 2010

1st Place Middle School Winners in the Step Show Competition: Ridgeway Middle School

1st Place Middle School Winners in the Step Show Competition: Ridgeway Middle School

Memphis Mentoring Partnership group showcases youth and raises funds for mentoring program

Project AWARE Mentoring Program (PAMP), a member of the Memphis Mentoring Partnership, hosted its fourth “Annual STEP UP 4 CHILDREN: Step Show Competition” at LeMoyne-Owen College on March 27.  STEP UP 4 CHILDREN is a campaign to promote the importance of mentoring and community involvement to ensure that all children are given a fair chance in life. 

Project AWARE Mentoring Program, sponsored by Families of Incarcerated Individuals, Inc., pairs children and youth affected by the incarceration of a parent or immediate family member with trained mentors who can provide support, friendship, reinforcement, and counsel. 

To date, PAMP has more than 100 successful matches and has served more than 1,000 families in the Shelby County area. Lemoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation co-sponsored the event attended by more than 400 supporters. 

The competition featured step teams from Memphis City and Shelby County Schools including Newberry Elementary, Highland Oaks Elementary, Getwell Elementary, KIPP Diamond Academy, Hickory Ridge Middle, and Ridgeway Middle School. Barry Jackson, President/CEO of the Memphis Youth Coalition hosted the show.

Judges included Harold B. Collins (Chairman of Memphis City Council), Angela Woods (CEO of Girls Scouts Heart of the South), Ekundayo Bandele (Founder of the Hattiloo Theatre) and Eric Robertson (CAO of Memphis Center City Commission). 

All proceeds from this event will go toward enhancing and expanding the Project AWARE Mentoring Program. 

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