Dismantling the Pipeline to Prison

The first time Ali Knight walked into a prison at age 25, he was surprised to see a childhood friend […more…]

Fresh Lifelines for Youth

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Vice President of Development: Katie Sandoval-Clark


FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. In our work, we are accountable, dedicated, respectful, equitable and just, loving, innovative, hopeful, and youth-centered.

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Growing up, my life was good… until my mom got divorced and my dad got deported. I started getting in trouble. I ended up in juvenile court. Then my FLY mentor showed up. She’s Latina, she graduated college. It made me think, ‘Hey, if she did it, then I can do it too.’ I never thought that I would see a day where I didn’t feel that I needed to escape my life. Now I don’t want to be anywhere else but where I am now. FLY really helped me get back on my feet.
FLY Alumna Diana U., who is preparing to graduate from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Sociology

With You, Justice Will Prevail for Young People

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) served more than 30,000 young people during its first two decades of existence. FLY’s ambitious goal between now and 2030 is to help dismantle California’s pipeline to prison, equip 30,000 more juvenile-justice and at-risk youth to transform their lives, and strengthen services for marginalized youth in California and beyond.

FLY is seeking $300,000 as part of its $1.5 million Justice Prevails Fund campaign. That fund is supporting its community innovation projects, such as crisis response in the COVID era, its statewide impact through advocacy and legislative support, and its Youth Voice Initiatives.

With America’s recent racial justice reckoning, FLY’s Youth Voice Initiatives have become “more important than ever,” the nonprofit’s Executive Director Ali Knight says. They are tackling issues such as what it means to see police reform in communities and the public health risk of juvenile incarceration during the pandemic. “We’re elevating youth voices to effect change and to reform systems to move toward justice for all young people.”

Key Supporters

FLY Board of Directors
June Wang, Board Chair
Mark Donnelly, Board Chair Emeritus,
Apple Inc. (Retired)
Melynnie Rizvi, Board Vice Chair, Shutterfly
Kristin Major, Board Treasurer,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Donna Petkanics, Board Secretary,
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Meera Chary, The Bridgespan Group
DeAnn Work, Altaba Inc.
Diana Bell, Hewlett Packard Company (Retired)
Gordon Davidson, Fenwick & West, LLP
Robert DeJesus, Santa Clara County
Probation Department (Retired)
Stuart Lee, Cynerio
Joan Malcolm, GRAIL, Inc.
Ulrico Rosales, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Hon. Patrick Tondreau, Santa Clara County
Superior Court Judge (Retired)
Gene Wade, Honors Pathway
Key FLY Foundation Supporters
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
The Heising-Simons Foundation
The Sobrato Family Foundation
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The TK Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation