A message from FLY’s Board of Directors to extend their solidarity and support in these trying times.
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.
Brittney Johnson was hired as FLY’s Policy Fellow in August 2020. With a background in education, a passion for policy work, and an array of experience including interning for the Department of Education in Washington D.C., Brittney has been a great addition to the FLY team.
A open letter from FLY’s President and CEO, Ali Knight, expressing our support for everyone affected by the discrimination and violence against the AAPI communities.
A open letter from FLY’s President and CEO, Ali Knight, about FLY’s long-standing commitment to racial justice.
A message from FLY’s President and CEO, Ali Knight, about the need for FLY to lean in and do even more work for justice.
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 has nurtured me into a young professional and leader; they’ve cultivated my skills in working with youth, public speaking, facilitating groups, and social emotional health for years!”
– Nick Jasso
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
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.