A Letter from the Founder & Executive Director
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ― Maya Angelou
On behalf of the Share For Life Foundation, Inc. (Share 4 Life), I offer my sincerest thanks for your interest. I founded Share 4 Life, 18 years ago in order to provide leadership and inspiration within my community and to assist others in achieving their maximum potential.
As a result of growing up in the inner city, urban demographic, I know first-hand the fundamental challenges and the many impediments to success, plaguing at-risk youth. I spent my formative years in Harlem before gentrification in the early 1990s. As a teenager, I was immersed in an environment wrought with illiteracy, crippling poverty, and high crime rates. The daily impact of living in a ghetto and the lack of positive role models led me down a self-destructive path. I suffered from low self-esteem, anger issues, and felt I had nowhere to turn for a glimpse of a better life. I almost became a product of this environment when, one day, while being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I was shot in the chest and came close to death. Although the bullet was not targeted for me, I was hanging out in the streets, not at school, not at work, and not where I needed to be.
This occurrence was significant in making the transition that changed my life; it forced me to take a pause and reevaluate the direction of my life. On my road to recovery, I received coaching, support, and guidance which literally changed my outlook on my future. I was given a second chance and the support to save myself; this gift sparked my passion for dedicating my life’s work to saving the lives of other young people traveling down the same dangerous path.
As we approach our 20th Anniversary, Share 4 Life continues to expand its programs and offerings designed to empower the community. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.
Janine N. Saulsbury