FLY is thrilled to announce that we have our very own FLY mural located at Pinewood High School in Los Altos. The students of Pinewood High approached FLY with the idea of creating a mural highlighting a community organization to raise awareness as well as support with donations. This mural was designed and painted collaboratively by the students of Artruistic and Kianna, a FLY alumni and FLY’s resident artist. Artruistic is a nonprofit organization dedicating murals for change. This group was founded by students who wanted to make a difference in their community through art. Together with Kianna, the members
FLY’s Movement for Justice series addresses hot topics on the juvenile justice landscape. In our third installment, we discussed The Power of Youth Voice, focusing on the work of our Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) in partnership with the juvenile probation departments of Santa Clara County and Alameda County.
We are so thrilled to share that Ali Knight, FLY’s President and CEO, was recently accepted into the prestigious Annie E Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship! This esteemed program brings together 15 diverse, visionary leaders from around the country to lead and sustain major system reforms for youth and families.
In honor of Black History Month, we reflect on a past trip to the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama as well as spotlight different nonprofits within our community that prioritize the health and voices of the Black community—starting with the Equal Justice Initiative.
Nancy Wright started her career as a Juvenile Probation Officer. She was FLY’s Board Chair in the early 2000s, and over the years, Nancy was a FLY investor, ambassador, mentor, and dear friend to FLY. Before she passed away in December 2020, she and her husband Eric gave a generous gift to create the “Nancy Happy Fund” for FLY youth. The fund is intended to give youth new experiences, supplies for school or work, gifts to celebrate birthdays or graduations—anything that brings them happiness.
“I feel like I wouldn’t have made it without FLY. FLY showed me hope.” We are deeply grateful for you and other members of our FLY Family who show love to our young people in so many ways. If you joined us at our 2021 Showcase Breakfast, you heard from Santino, a young leader and FLY alum who demonstrates the resilience and wisdom that so many FLY youth show us every day. Today, Santino is ready to begin his college career to become a medical practitioner. He is a devoted father to his 16-month old son. He inspires and entertains the
With the current state of the world, people are now more than ever wishing to learn about how we can create a more just and equitable future for our youth. This is why we’ve decided to launch Movement for Justice—a virtual series that addresses hot topics on the juvenile justice landscape. In each installment, there are panel interviews comprised of FLY staff, youth, and other guest speakers. This is a space for our supporters to have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with FLY on a deeper level.
After a full year of being almost entirely virtual, having our annual Leadership Retreats back in person was like a breath of fresh air. Thank you to our hardworking staff and to all our supporters! Because of you, we can provide events like this to give our youth positive, healthy experiences that keep them engaged and connected with FLY.
FLYs’ former CEO of 20 years reflects the past year as FLY’s Founder in Residence and an ally in our pursuit of justice. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I stepped down as FLY’s CEO and became our Founder in Residence! Yet I’m not surprised at how smooth this transition was because we laid the foundation with so much intention and have such a dedicated team at FLY. I’m so impressed by all that our staff, volunteers, supporters, and most importantly our youth accomplished under Ali Knight’s leadership during such unbelievable times: We served more than
This week, FLY joined an exclusive group of nonprofits honored by California legislators this year for the great work we are doing in our communities.
We were selected as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Bob Wieckowski of Alameda County. We’d like to thank the Senator for this distinctive honor and for highlighting our work.