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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Leadership Development, Youth Development, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, mentoring and leadership training. FLY's vision is that our most marginalized and underserved youth will gain the life skills and character needed to avoid the criminal justice system and transform from delinquent youth into positive community leaders. Each year over 13,000 youth in Santa Clara County, California are cited for a juvenile offense because few understand the consequences of juvenile crime and have the life skill development needed to make informed, intelligent, and healthy decisions.  FLY was founded in 1998 to educate youth in the law and life, and empower them with hope for their futures. 

Target demographics: Youth (age 12-21) currently involved in or at-risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system

Direct beneficiaries per year: FLY will serve over 3,500 youth in 2008-2009.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Programs: FLY has three core program areas that include: (1) LEGAL EDUDCATION: Teaching at risk youth about the law and consequences of crime, while building important life skills such as empathy, problem solving, and anger management. Services include: * Probation and School Programs: A semester-long course on life skills and the consequences of crime for youth on probation, incarcerated youth, or youth attending alternative high schools for at-risk teens * Middle School Program: A week-long program that provides 7th and 8th graders with information on the consequences of crime, after which students can elect to participate in a monthly law club * Project Citizen: A semester-long course in political action in which incarcerated youth analyze the causes of detention of juveniles and make policy recommendations to Santa Clara County?s Juvenile Detention Reform Committee and Santa Clara County?s Probation Department * Parent Program: Seminars on the consequences of crime and the system of juvenile justice are provided to parents of teenagers (2) MENTORING: Matching at-risk youth with a positive adult role models. Services include: * Juvenile Drug Treatment Court: A year-long program that matches youth in juvenile court, due to drug or alcohol addictions, with adult volunteers who help them discover how to solve problems without turning to drugs or alcohol and how to have fun without being high * Probation Youth: A six month program in which youth at risk for violating probation are matched with a mentor to help them successfully complete probation requirements (3) LEADERSHIP TRAINING: A year-long program in which graduates of FLY?s law and mentor programs design and develop community service activities, and receive case management services to help them set and achieve academic and vocational goals.

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