FLY’s Reentry Program is designed for youth who are in longer term incarceration in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. In both counties, youth in custody attend a 12-week legal education course taught by FLY staff. In San Mateo County, youth also receive intensive one-on-one support from FLY after their release to help with their transition back into the community.
Middle School Law Program
FLY’s Middle School Program offers an age-appropriate version of our legal education course to 7th and 8th graders. Youth at greatest risk of dropping out of school then receive case management during the school year in order to prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system and help them successfully engage in school.
System Reform Efforts
FLY is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort that has seen a 77% reduction of juvenile incarceration in Santa Clara County and a 65% reduction in San Mateo County since 2000.
Known for finding creative solutions to complex systems problems, FLY is often invited to the table to participate and collaborate in system reform efforts in our established jurisdictions. We actively participate in several juvenile justice work groups and committees.
In addition, to help our system partners maximize their effectiveness, FLY has designed workshops and focus groups in which probation youth research, analyze, and propose adaptations to juvenile justice policies and procedures. FLY has also trained and equipped alumni youth to advocate for system-involved and gang-impacted teens on a national scale.
“When some friends asked me to hang out I say no because I know they are going to do stuff that’s illegal.” — FLY Youth