How FLY’s Law Program Spurs Youth to Think about Their Future
The FLY Law Program teaches youth about their rights and responsibilities under the law, along with important skills like problem-solving, empathy, and anger management.
Through role-plays, debates, and mock trials, as well as conversations with system partners such as public safety officers, district attorneys, and probation officers, the Law Program spurs youth to think about their actions and reflect upon where they are and where they want to be. In one lesson, teens consider how to react when a police officer approaches them. Using a visual aid, FLY staff encourage youth to brainstorm ways to keep the situation from escalating.
After being in the Law Program for only three weeks, a youth shared that for the first time he wasn’t arrested during an interaction with a police officer — because now he was prepared to deescalate a conflict, be polite, and answer the questions the law required him to answer.
Empowered with the knowledge and skills to handle situations that arise, youth are less likely to break the law and more likely to begin to hope — the first step toward a new and bright future.