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.
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.
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.
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.
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.