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.