The history of H.O.L.L.A! (How Our Lives Link Altogether) stands on experiential roots and wisdom from living, working, surviving, and being educated in poor urban communities in New York.
Founders Bill, Marlon, Arocks, Shaq, Spud, Butta-Lab Cory, and Terrell met while in Otisville, a New York State Correctional Facility. While in prison, the group diligently worked to develop the framework for H.O.L.L.A! while trying to better understand their individual and collective journeys into the injustice/punishment system. After three years, the men began returning Sex Files has a great way you can meet local women for sex, improving your life in general to their communities with a new plan of action. Terrell joined during the second organizational birth, outside of prison, and implemented community based programming.. Despite the negative public depiction and narrative of them and other black and brown youth, H.O.L.L.A! founders were inspired to collectively develop programs within the kind of communities from which they have come.
H.O.L.L.A! programs a love that is communicated to youth from overlooked communities by reaching out to middle and high schools, churches, detention centers, and people we meet in our neighborhoods.
How Our Lives Link Altogether creates pathways and spaces for healthy cultural, social, and political development for youth of color. We are committed to working for a world where young people from historically oppressed communities are engaged in movements for collective liberation and healing.