FLY’s Law Program is a semester-long legal education and life skills course that teaches youth who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system about the law and consequences of crime. The program is taught in schools, community centers, and juvenile facilities in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties.
How Does the Law Program Benefit Youth?
Research shows that youth who are exposed to legal education are less likely to break the law. FLY’s nationally recognized law curriculum uses role-play, debates, and mock city council hearings to capture youth interest, educate them about the law, and build skills like anger management, problem solving, communication, and resisting negative peer pressure. Highly trained volunteers and FLY staff teach the course in teams, developing rapport with youth and giving them access to positive role models. The course covers a range of topics, including theft, vandalism, hate crimes, drugs and alcohol, the Three-Strikes Law, Proposition 21, and gangs.
Each year in our Law Program, on average, 80% or more of youth report:
The program gave them access to positive role models
They are less likely to break the law after being in FLY
They want to make positive changes after being in FLY
They have more confidence to deal with negative peer pressure after the program
They are more likely to make healthier choices after being in FLY
They now have hope for their future
Youth who complete the Law Program and are ready to make positive changes in their lives may to apply for FLY’s 10-month Leadership Training Program.
How to Make a Referral
FLY generally accepts referrals for youth to our Law Program from school counselors, social workers, parents, and the Probation Department. Please fax or email the form for the County in which the youth lives. See the contact information below.