Stages of Life Empowerment Program (SOLE)

Supporting Youth on their Path to Greatness


WHO WE ARE

Supporting Youth

The Stages of Life Empowerment (SOLE) Program is an adolescent pregnancy prevention program that offers programming for youth and adults in Erie and Niagara Counties.

Through our programming we work to ensure youth get the services, supports, and opportunities they need to make healthy choices:

  • Age-appropriate and medically-accurate information about sexual health
  • Knowledge about and access to reproductive health care services in their community
  • Opportunities to develop healthy life skills, relationship skills, communication skills, and strong prospects for educational and career success

"Stages of Life" Concept

The "Stages of Life" concept is found in many Native  American traditions. One variation of this concept holds that life consists of different stages, each presenting us with different tasks. The SOLE Program’s focus is to help youth develop those skills and abilities they’ll need as adults, while enjoying their youth and holding off on the more adult role of becoming a parent.


WHAT WE DO

 FREE Programs for Youth, by Youth

  • Youth Councils– youth have an opportunity to participate in Youth Councils that help decide what programming we offer, what trips we take, and even what staff we hire!
  • Peer Education– the program employs youth ages 14-18 to educate their peers and raise awareness around issues of health and wellness
  • Monthly Youth Nights– we hold Youth Nights for youth ages 11-18 in Buffalo and Niagara Falls once a month. During these events, youth participate in Youth Council, a health and wellness workshop, and go on a fun outing.
  • Youth Gatherings– twice a year we hold large gatherings of youth ages 11-18, during which we do health and wellness programming, topped off with fun activities such as a youth dance or trip to the movies.
  • Transportation for clinic visits– throughout the year staff offer free transportation for youth ages 10-21 to attend reproductive health clinic tours and/or appointments.

FREE Programs for Families and Community

  • Monthly Family Nights– we hold monthly Family Nights in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. These consist of a free dinner, a health and wellness workshop, and a Native cultural craft or dance activity.
  • Community events– throughout the year we host health fairs, picnics, traditional Haudenosaunee socials, and much more

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION

 We partner with a number of schools and community organizations to offer FREE programming for youth:

  • Making Proud Choices! sex education curriculum for 11-13 year olds
  • Be Proud! Be Responsible! sex education curriculum for 13-18 year olds
     
  • Workshops for youth ages 10-21:
    • Adolescent development
    • Healthy relationships
    • Positive parent-child communication
    • Healthy life skills
    • Educational/career success
    • Minors’ rights to reproductive health care
  • Workshops for adults and community:
    • Talking with youth about tough topics
    • Accessing reproductive health care
    • Minors’ rights to reproductive health care
    • Adolescent development
    • Healthy relationships
    • Positive parent-child communication
    • Healthy life skills

If you would like to learn more about partnership opportunities, please call or email Andrea Adger: 716-874-2797 x310 aadger@nacswny.org


WHO WE SERVE

Our programming is open to people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds

OUR NATIVE PERSPECTIVE

There are a multitude of valuable teachings and traditions found in Native American cultures that can help people of all backgrounds achieve greater health and wellness. We draw upon and incorporate these teachings.

In addition to the SOLE Program, NACS offers a wide variety of programs and activities to support healthy lifestyles. Please call for more information: 716-874-2797 x318.


MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the SOLE Program, please call our Youth Empowerment Hotline: 716-874-2797 x318

Funded by: NYS Department of Health/Bureau of Child & Adolescent Health; NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services; as well as businesses, foundations, and caring individuals.