Phoenix Project Uses Hip-Hop to Educate

It's not a laughing matter, so you wouldn't expect kids to enjoy learning about it. But an unusual new program will get teens excited about learning about HIV prevention.

The Pfizer Foundation gave $47,000 to the Phoenix Project yesterday. The money will pay for the HIV and AIDS Theater Education Program. It encourages abstinence. The student performers are getting rave reviews.

"It is called the Phoenix Project of Union Mission Theater Education Program, whereby we go out into the schools and do HIV prevention with teens using the hip-hop medium," explained the project's DaVena Jordan. "The play involves everything from dance, rap, acting and some poetry."

The Phoenix Project is looking for volunteers and performers. If you'd like to help, call DaVena Jordan, Phoenix Project, 912.231.0123 or Julie Walsh-Elliott, Union Mission, 912.236.7423.

Reported by: Leslie Stein,