Artruistic & FLY: Connecting Communities Through Art

Artruistic & FLY: Connecting Communities Through Art

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

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Facing our history to change our future

Facing our history to change our future

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. 

An Important First for FLY

An Important First for FLY

This semester, FLY had a unique opportunity to expand the reach of our longest-running program to youth who might otherwise have been excluded from participating.

Our partners at Peninsula High School in Burlingame asked us to work with them to develop a law class in Spanish for the San Mateo Union High School School District’s Bridge Program. The class would serve students who had recently moved to the U.S. and were learning English during their senior year. 

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.