Good Life Foundation

The Good Life Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for “at-risk” youth, both male and female. Through partnerships and collaborations, we provide various services and programs with the purpose of encouraging successful and productive careers and life strategies for “at-risk” youth, with the ultimate goal of encouraging entrepreneurship as a means to reduce recidivism, escape from poverty and improve academic performance.

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Why We Work...

Culturally Competent Programming

We simply ask youth to ‘GET R.E.A.L.” about life! Get R.E.A.L. is an acronym that stands for Ready To Enter and Accept Life . We meet youth where they are at and take them on a journey of social, emotional and personal development, while connecting them to the necessary resources for success, accountability, sustainability and growth. Good Life utilizes Hip-Hop and youth culture as a bridge to opportunity, understanding and real transferrable skills, in a culturally competent way. The Get R.E.A.L. Program and workshops are a comprehensive 1 year program for youth to guide them toward success by focusing on 4 key Foundational Elements, similar to Hip-Hop Culture.

The GLYF 4 Foundational elements that we focus on were derived from a very basic question: "What does it take to have a Good Life?" These 4 elements are the fundamental pillars for Good Life youth developmental and change model. These 4 Elements are in the areas of: Life (R.E.A.L. HAPPINESS), Money (R.E.A.L. WEALTH), Business (R.E.A.L. SUCCESS) and Health & Wellness (R.E.A.L. HEALTH).
Before youth can think about money, business or any other aspect in life, many are struggling with everyday life skills and the ability to cope with social, emotional and family challenges. GLYF focuses on helping youth understand the dynamics of maneuvering through life and making positive life choices, despite the odds they face. Through a culturally competent approach, our life coaches work individually and in groups to help youth navigate life, while aiding in their social, emotional and personal development.
People invest in organizations that work! Work for its clients and works to create real return on investment (ROI). At Good Life, we aim to see REAL social return on investment (SROI), and that is reflected in how many youth do not recidivate, how many youth increase attendance in school and academic performance and how many youth entrepreneurs we can help make.
Good Life helps to foster a level of trust with youth that helps achieve milestones. Often, our youth have been let down, disappointed, lied to and more. Our focus is on providing experiences and relationships that foster a different type of trust between youth and the organization and Life Coaches. The youth respond to us in ways they don't for others.
98% of the youth we currently work with come from low-income households and fall below the Federal poverty level. In 2016, a new study on poverty identified Syracuse NY as having the Nation's highest level of poverty concentrated amongst Black and Latino populations. As a byproduct, our youth are often experiencing stressed-filled homes, which contribute to, often times, inconsistent nutrition, toxic environments and health-care gaps of every kind. Often kids in very low-income families may never catch up when it comes to their health. Sometimes, cultures develop negative aspects and habits are formed that may also contribute to unhealthy lifestyles. The GLYF attempts to shift the culture and put health and wellness first in the lives of the youth and their families.

How We Promote Health and Wellness:

Peace Making Circles - with our partner Center for Court Innovation

"For The Culture" Jam Fitness - with our partner H2 Fitness

"Don't Get It Twisted" - Chiropractic Wellness with partner Highpoint Chiropractic Wellness, Dr. Irum Tahir

"Squash The Beef" - Afro-centric Diet Cooking Workshop

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Programs / Services

Beyond 16 Bars

“Beyond 16 Bars” – is a culturally competent interactive and experiential learning program infused with Life skills themes to aid youth in social, emotional and personal development. “Beyond 16 Bars” creates understanding and new learning through utilizing Hip-Hop music and culture as a vehicle to convey necessary life

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R.E.A.L. Business Entrepreneurship Spotlight Series

R.E.A.L. Business!
Entrepreneurship has been known to be linked to improved academic performance amongst youth because it connects R.E.A.L. life experiences and opportunities for revenue with education that youth are learning now. In partnership with El Java Quadir (Entrepreneurship Professor at Whitman School, Syracuse University) and the Whitman School of

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IT’S TIME TO GET R.E.A.L.!!

Thousands of teenagers across the UK will have school lessons in mindfulness in an experiment designed to see.

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What people say

Meg O’Connell
The vision and work of Hasan and Good Life to connect disenfranchised and incarcerated youth to resources, education and entrepreneurial opportunities have been transformational. Good Life coaches and mentors enable young men to envision their lives with hope and opportunities and provide the tools to chart a new path out of poverty. We need to support Good Life because our youth deserve a chance to have meaningful and productive lives.
Gwen Webber-McLeod
The Good Life is a refreshing approach to addressing the needs of inner-city youth who have so much potential. I stand with and for the staff and Board of Good Life, a non-profit uniquely positioned to meet the needs of these youth.
Perfection Rivers
For me, Good Life is family. Good Life gives hope, faith and reassurance that, no matter what, everything will be ok. They help you understand that any negative, can be turned into a positive, but it all starts with "me". I know with Good Life, I can never fail. 99% of success is failure.
Hasan Stephens
In order to reach the youth, you have to speak their language, live their culture, and have experienced what they have. Hip-Hop has the power for change, it just needs to be harnessed. Hip-Hop saved my life. We intend for it to save many others as well.
Ruben Austria
The Good Life Youth Foundation combines a grassroots commitment to the community's toughest young people, with an excellence in the way they handle their business. They bridge the gap between the juvenile justice system and the community in ways that are much needed but extremely rare. Most importantly, they provide hope, education, and practical skills to young people to help them change the trajectory of their lives!