FLY’s Leadership Training Program is an opportunity for young people to receive one-on-one support from a FLY case manager and have a chance to do more for their community while learning life skills in the process. This past year, the Leadership Program in Santa Clara County was able to take their community involvement to the next level. During the program’s first event, a three-day retreat, our peer leaders came together and had an in-depth discussion on what areas in their community that they would like to bring awareness to. Our peer leaders decided to learn more about families dealing with homelessness and how that impacts their community.

Throughout the program year, peer leaders worked hard to educate themselves about the homeless population in their area, coming up with a plan on supporting the community on this issue, and finding a way to share what they learned through their exploration. This charge was led by our Service Learning Planning Committee comprised of FLY staff and our peer leaders Oscar, Jasmine, Abril, Jose, Marcus, Renee, Emanuel, and Jerehmiah.

Due to COVID-19, the youth were unable to complete their final service-learning event, but were still able to come together remotely and put together this video about what our peer leaders learned and did this past year. They asked us to share it with the FLY Family and we hope you enjoy it!