Who is Fly Brave?
The Fly Brave Foundation currently operates as a 100% volunteer organization. All of our services are free of charge. We were established on January 21, 2016 with the State of California and received our official 501c3 tax exemption from the IRS on August 16, 2016.
Fly Brave's core mission is to become a vendor through the Regional Center and open an employment training program for adults with developmental disabilities who have aged out of the school system that caters to opportunities that meet their specific talents and interests. We aim to build a bridge between aging out of school and entering the world of employment with an emphasis on community involvement and social connections. Employment is a wide spread need across the country. Statistics show that the unemployment rate is nearly 80% for this population.
The first 3 years of operation were used to create social workshops and events, fitness programs, and test employment training pilot programs. It is through this process that Fly Brave was able to create a solid business plan that we believe will sustain continuity of the program and meet the needs of our clients in the community. We are raising funds to move into a commercial space. At this time, we rent rooms at our local community center and receive in-kind use of space for social events.
Social connection is a huge component of our mission. Fly Brave hosts a variety of social classes and workshops such as improv and acting; public speaking; art; volunteering in the community (Animal Shelter/Food Bank); as well as events such as Prom, Winter Ball, Fashion Shows, Talent Shows, Art Shows, swimming, roller skating, and monthly meet ups. We offer fitness programs to foster a healthy lifestyle such a running club, yoga in the park (and in studio) and Fly Fit, a fitness program collaboration with police officers, fitness trainers and gyms.
Where does your funding come from?
Our program is funded through fundraisers, grants, sales from the product made in our art workshops (t-shirts/jewelry/art), and the generosity of organizations and individual donors who share our vision in helping individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential and live a purpose filled life.
We have zero paid positions at this time and every donation received goes directly into the programs we offer, which are free of charge and open to anyone with a physical or developmental disability.
Fly Brave currently serves 150 families and has a volunteer staff of 30, which includes an administrative assistant, webmaster, mentors and program leaders who are adults on the Autism Spectrum.
How can I volunteer?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always in need of kind hearted volunteers with a passion of helping others.
Are you a high school student in need of service hours? Use your talents with us.