In partnership with the Probation Department, FLY launched the first-ever Youth Advisory Council in Santa Clara County in 2017. The founding group of 10 were sworn in as Youth Justice Consultants by our presiding Juvenile Court Judge. The YAC is comprised of former probation youth, ages 17-24, who participate in decision-making processes and influence policies and practices throughout the county. They work closely with the Probation Department to analyze current policy and practices and give their input on future initiatives. YAC members also meet with youth currently incarcerated to hear their feedback and report to the Probation Department so that the youth voice is fully captured. The group has also created a youth-led orientation program for youth new to probation and their families.
As we build out this program we believe this council could become a model for incorporating the youth voice in government policy and procedures in other communities.
“Before FLY I was a hopeless and lost child. And now with FLY’s help I am on my way to becoming a successful adult.” — FLY Youth