My name is Marlon Salgado AKA Prologue The Poet…

I’m an MC/Poet/Scholar attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a four year, full-tuition urban arts scholarship called First Wave. I was born on the South Side of Chicago and grew up in the… Continue reading


By Emma Jackson The written story about my journey with depression and suicide is long overdue. I’ve shared my experiences of light and darkness with hundreds of young people over the past five… Continue reading

Youth Voice in Action

The Good Life Alliance has always stressed youth voice as a key component of our organization, vision, and goals. We seek to empower young people to create positivity in their own lives and… Continue reading


By Roberto Rivera Good Life is turning over a new leaf. Starting this week, we will be working with our team of interns from JP Morgan Chase’s Force For Good Initiative in fully… Continue reading


a poem by Zeni Gonzalez September… all I can think of when September comes is one date, September 16, 2004 the day that it happened the day all my childhood little worries became… Continue reading

“la rememoración”

un poema por Emma Jackson esta mañana durante el pancito y té aun demasiado caliente como todo los días esperé entonces lo que parecía cientos de miles de aves que cubrían el mar… Continue reading

Good Life at TEDxGrandRapids!

Our very own Roberto Rivera presented the Good Life Organization’s mission in our first TED talk at TEDxGrandRapids, May 2014.

Hip-Hop Revival Reflections: From Pain to Painting New Possibilities

By Roberto Rivera (6/17/14) Three days ago marked the tenth anniversary of our annual Hip-Hop Revival. As I arrived to the scene of a block party being set up with a graffiti wall… Continue reading

“If you want to go far, go together.”

  By Hannah Bonacci   African Wisdom: This piece was inspired by the importance of collaboration and support when working to empower yourself and others. It touches on the importance of community and… Continue reading

“Chasing Ice” on Earth Day 2014

By Emma Jackson, Lucas McClish, and Sierra Voss Emma: I’ve always been inspired by the idea “Make Earth Day Everyday,” seeing as that day every April when we are supposed to commemorate our… Continue reading