a continuity of AIDS awareness programs for youth after funding for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Community Outreach to Adolescents of Parents with HIV/AIDS (COAP) Program was discontinued. Back then, as a volunteer with COAP, Ms. Saulsbury developed and conducted performing arts workshops for these youth in response to a need for a creative outlet to help them channel the mix of emotions that they were experiencing. S4L embodied these efforts to raise awareness and expand AIDS programming for at-risk youth that would provide them with alternatives to the life-threatening behaviors in which they were at an increased risk of being engaged.
Share for Life Foundation
Formally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in January of 2003, S4L began to partner with community-based organizations (CBOs) and government agencies that serve at-risk youth and their families to educate them about HIV/AIDS, the behaviors that increase the risk of contracting the disease, and practical ways to avoid the peer pressures to engage in these behaviors.
While HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention continues to be its primary focus, S4L’s mission has broadened to include programs that address a myriad of other issues affecting disadvantaged communities in New York City through awareness, education, media projects, the arts, and personal and community development activities.
S4L’s mission is: To empower urban communities by sharing positive information and resources. S4L integrates an array of community-based services to meet the needs of families who live below federal poverty level in inner-city communities. Realizing that visual stimulation is one of the most effective ways to communicate messages – particularly to youth – S4L fights for social change by developing supportive projects with creative campaigns: it infuses film and music with health awareness to warn people about the consequences of high-risk behavior and empower them to make decisions that will lead them to live safe, healthy and productive lives.
S4L uniquely, design and tailor workshops to fit the needs of each community center we work within; using film, music and other media outlets as a medium to get positive messages to people and warn them of the consequences of negative behaviors.