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, as well as mental health issues. Often kids in very low-income families may never catch up when it comes to their health. Sometimes, cultures develop negative aspects and habits 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. This is a raw and honest look at the impact of our cultures and youth culture on health and wellness.
How We Promote Health and Wellness:
Peace Making Circles - with our partner Center for Court Innovation
"For The Culture - Survival of the FITtest!" - 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