What We Do


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 Bay Area youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. Our programs connect young people with positive mentors and role models, promote their understanding of the law and their rights, and support them to become leaders among their peers and in their communities. Together with our young people, 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.

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.


Each year, FLY serves more than 2,000 youth ages 11 to 24 who are at greater risk of violence and incarceration due to poverty, racism, immigration discrimination, and other forms of marginalization. Our core programs – the Law, Leadership Training, and Mentor Programs – are based on ideas from youth who were facing years or life in prison. These ideas remain the foundation of FLY and have been strengthened with best practices in youth development and crime prevention. As a learning organization, we continue to be guided by the voices of our youth as they are the experts regarding their own experiences.

We currently operate programs in three Bay Area counties, serving youth in locked facilities, in schools, and in the community. All of our programs are continuing virtually during the pandemic. For a list of programs in each county and links to descriptions, click here.



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