Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. FLY’s unique and powerful combination of programs – legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring – helps youth get off probation, engage in school, and back on track with their lives.
FLY has partnered with Oakland Community Day High School for the past two years to offer a semester-long legal education and life skills course. FLY’s nationally recognized law curriculum uses role-play, debates, and mock city council hearings to capture youth interest, educate them about the law, and build skills like anger management, problem solving, communication, and resisting negative peer pressure. Highly trained volunteers and FLY staff teach the course in teams, developing rapport with youth and giving them access to positive role models. The course covers a range of topics, including theft, vandalism, hate crimes, drugs and alcohol, the Three-Strikes Law, Proposition 21, and gangs.