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About FLY

At FLY, we interrupt the pipeline to prison and support youth on their path to healthy, free, and productive lives.

Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit serving youth in the juvenile justice system and those at risk. We educate them about the law and their rights, support them to become leaders among their peers, and give them positive mentors and role models. We also help our juvenile justice systems become more just, humane, and equitable. As a result, FLY increases safety and decreases the costs and consequences of crime for our young people and our communities.

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FLY’s Mission

FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring.

FLY’s Vision

FLY envisions a country where all kids grow up valued and supported, and the pipeline to prison is replaced with meaningful opportunities for kids to live healthy, free, and productive lives that make stronger, safer, and more vibrant communities for us all.

To understand how FLY intends to fulfill this vision, read our Strategic Plan (Imagine 2030) Overview.

FLY’s Impact

Poverty, racism, immigration discrimination, and other forms of marginalization put youth at greater risk of violence and incarceration. FLY’s program interventions, combined with extensive community and systems collaboration, disrupt the pipeline to prison and put kids on the path to a healthy, free, and productive life. Through this work, FLY has a positive impact on our youth, the communities we serve, and the systems in which we operate.

FLY’s Theory of Change charts how our five program interventions empower youth, communities, and systems to experience transformation. Click here for more information.

FLY’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At FLY, we embrace a diversity of identities, beliefs, thoughts, and experiences. We commit to creating a strong organizational culture of equity and inclusion in order to better serve our youth and our communities. We also commit to identifying the root causes of inequity in the education and juvenile justice systems and to helping rebuild those systems to be more effective, humane, and just. Read FLY’s statement of pro-Black support, and opposition to police brutality and systemic injustice, here.

FLY is a Sound Investment for Your Charitable Giving

Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in America, ranks FLY among the top nonprofits in the nation based on financial stability, efficiency, accountability, and transparency. FLY has also received the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency.