• Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

    FLY is reducing juvenile crime and saving taxpayer dollars through an innovative program that leads hundreds of at-risk youth toward a positive future.

  • Christa Gannon Discusses Youth Engagement

    Knight Foundation asked a group of students what the key ingredient in getting youth involved in their community?

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award winning non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime and incarceration of teens. Through FLY’s unique and powerful combination of programs-legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring-youth get off probation, engaged in school, and back on track with their lives.

The volunteers helped me in understanding laws, respect, honor, and love. They showed me that I have the power to do good.

Whenever I go to the FLY office, I feel like it's my second home. The talks go deep enough, so it actually makes me feel like FLY is my family.


FLY dares to work with kids others won’t because, quite simply, we know what works!

Each year, FLY helps more than 2,000 youth who are part of the Santa Clara and San Mateo juvenile justice system or are “at-risk” of entering the system, to develop important life skills like empathy, problem solving and anger management in order to gain an understanding and respect for a legal system that previously only seemed punitive. FLY youth are also connected with positive adult role models whose support and guidance help them realize their potential and set goals for their future.

Improving the juvenile justice system requires trust and mutual respect. FLY programs are well-respected by juvenile justice system staff, including judges, district attorneys, probation officers and police.

As a result, FLY and FLY youth are regularly invited to participate in conversations about how the system can become more effective and humane. One of our greatest accomplishments, in addition to helping youth transform their lives, is to have become an invited guest at the table to discuss issues of juvenile justice reform.