The Share for Life Foundation, Inc. (Share 4 Life) is a tax exempt [501 (c) 3], nonprofit organization founded in 2002 and based in New York City. Formally incorporated as a not for profit organization in January of 2003, Share 4 Life began to partner with community based organizations (CBOs) and government agencies that serve at risk youth and their families to help achieve self sufficiency, make healthy decisions, and become productive members of society.
S4L’s mission is to provide programs that address issues affecting disadvantaged communities in New York City through awareness, education, media projects, the arts, and personal and community development activities. 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 individuals about the consequences of high-risk behavior and empower them to make decisions that will lead them to live safe, healthy and productive lives. A film and an accompanying curriculum form the basis of S4L’s HIV/AIDS workshops for at-risk youth, ages 14 to 24. Additional workshops and community projects that also use a combination of film and the performing arts address the myriad of other obstacles that these youth face, and help them develop skills and strategies to overcome them.