What We Do

Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s unique programs include legal education, leadership training, and one-one-one mentoring. For one-tenth the cost of incarceration, FLY provides youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and those most at risk, with the motivation and support to stay out of trouble with the law, get engaged in school, and begin to change their lives. The result is a safer, healthier community for us all.

Read FLY’s FY2017-2018 Annual Report: view online or download the PDF

Why Fly Works

At FLY, we dare to work with kids others won’t because, quite simply, we know what works. Watch this video made with our partners in the Juvenile Justice and Education sectors. They explain why FLY is so effective at engaging at-risk and justice system-involved youth.

Results that Benefit Our Community

Year after year more than 80% of FLY youth in all our programs:

  • Get inspired to change
  • Gain the confidence and skills they need to make change happen
  • Can now resist negative peer pressure
  • Are less likely to break the law


And in our core programs on average every year:

  • More than 80% are not convicted of a criminal charge during the program
  • 80% of our eligible high school seniors graduate or get their GEDs
  • More than 98% report they now have HOPE for their future