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Area youth get a boost in self-esteem

August 17, 2002

by Jocelyn Maner

Today, about fifty young men gathered together for a monthly meeting of the S.O.L.A.C.E organization.

S.O.L.A.C.E stands for "Stretching out loving arms and creating encouragement." Several leaders from the community spoke to the group, including Lt. Williams with the Albany Police Department.

S.O.L.A.C.E founder, Michael Fowler, says this program helps boys build self-esteem, learn coping skills, and build interpersonal relationships.

Fowler says, "We're taking time out to let men know they are important and that they are loved by someone. Most young men live in single parent homes and they need a mentor in their life."

Fowler says he started S.O.L.A.C.E in 2000 because he wanted to help men develop a personal vision for their lives.