FLY Volunteer, Advisor, and Beloved Elder: Arnold Perkins

FLY Volunteer, Advisor, and Beloved Elder: Arnold Perkins

For National Volunteer Month, we are highlighting our very special volunteer, advisor, and beloved elder, Arnold Perkins. 

Arnold Perkins is a man that almost needs no introduction in the East Bay. He’s been a teacher, a principal, a counselor, director of the Alameda County Public Health Department, Chair of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Commission, and more. It’s safe to say that Arnold is well-versed in the subject of education and community work. Coming from a family of activists, he was raised with the passion to help others and improve the systems that do not serve us. 

Overcoming the Odds with Destiny & Josy

Overcoming the Odds with Destiny & Josy

In August 2020 Juvenile Courts had shut down all across California due to COVID-19. Josy was about to turn 18 and had originally planned to apply for the Extended Foster Care and Benefits Program authorized by California Assembly Bill 12. The program is aimed toward youth who don’t have a guardian, and provides them with housing, support, and college financing.

However, in order to qualify the youth are required to apply before they turn 18. Usually application is a six-month process and with the courts closed and his birthday coming soon, everyone was telling Josy that gaining AB-12 status was impossible — and he was beginning to believe them.

FLY’s 2020 Annual Report

FLY’s 2020 Annual Report

We are pleased to present the annual report for Fiscal Year 2019-2020! The past year has been unusual and challenging in many ways, yet because of your support we were able to serve more than 2,000 young people in 42 cities across the Bay Area and maintain our fundraising efforts. We took every challenge in stride as an opportunity to learn and grow, leading us to emerge even stronger than before. This year, we are presenting our report in two different parts: the usual narrative report and a short summary of key data about our youth and programs from the

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Youth Incarceration and Cops on Campus with Nick Jasso

Youth Incarceration and Cops on Campus with Nick Jasso

Nick Jasso is a FLY alumni, UCLA student, and currently works for FLY as a Youth Voice Policy Fellow. As a Policy Fellow he plays a key role in helping FLY define and codify our efforts to center youth voices within our systems change work. The topic of how school resource officers contribute to the school to prison pipeline is the focus of Episode 9 of the PolicyWise podcast featuring Nick.