The Need For FLY & Results

The Need for FLY

The United States incarcerates more children than any other country in the world.

A study of local incarcerated youth found that:

  • 91% do not have positive adult role models in their lives.
  • 83% do not have basic life skills to resist peer pressure and make healthy choices.
  • 78% have experimented with marijuana; 62% have used cocaine, heroin, or amphetamines.
  • Over 80% are minority youth who have significantly disproportionate rates of arrests, incarceration, and probation failure.

And on average each year in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties, 10,000 kids are arrested.

The resulting financial costs are significant:

  • Local counties spend approximately $525 a night per incarcerated youth.
  • Society pays an estimated $1.7 million for each youth who drops out of school and becomes involved in a life of crime.

FLY’s Solution

At FLY we believe that ALL our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes.
  • FLY’s award winning programs equip youth to alter the trajectory of their lives, creating a safer, healthier, and happier community for everyone.
  • Dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens, FLY works with youth ages 15-18 in the juvenile justice system and those at risk of entering the system. Over 80% of our clients are minority youth.

Where FLY Works

FLY serves youth in more than 20 cities in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties.


Year after year our programs achieve consistent results such as:

  • 80% or more of youth report FLY has:
    • Inspired them to change
    • Helped them develop skills and confidence to make change possible
    • Given them hope for the future
    • Provided them with a positive adult role model, and
    • Caused them to change their behavior, making them less likely to break the law

Additionally in our Leadership Training Program each year:

  • 70-80% of our youth do not sustain a new charge during their program year
  • 60-80% of eligible high school seniors earn their high school diplomas or GEDs