Good Day Sacramento, SMUD, KNCI, CBS 13, ABC 10, Article Consignment Boutique, UC Davis MIND Institute
It was a dream come true to meet our real life hero this year,
Dr. Temple Grandin.
We are a grassroots, 100% volunteer based, 501c3, Tax ID: 81-1284098. We were established on January 20, 2016.
Our core mission is to open an employment training program for adults with autism. Employment is a wide spread need across the country. The unemployment rate is nearly 80% for this population, and I saw this first hand in searching for employment opportunities for my own son who is 23, non-verbal, and has autism. Fly Brave aims to build a bridge between aging out of school at 22 years old and entering the world of adulthood. We want to create a training program that offers options; to tap into each young adults talents and dreams in an environment that fosters confidence, education, hands-on experience and growth. Seeing the need for a program like this in our community, Fly Brave was created. Our program is run with the help of our mentors, office assistant, jewelry makers and webmaster who are all on the autism spectrum.
We believe in the power of social outlets. Our events build social skills, confidence, and friendships. We have watched our teens/young adults blossom over the past year through prom, rollerskating, monthly Sky High Sports meet ups, swimming, run club and Winter Ball.
Our events are funded primarily through our online Etsy store, as well as, our jewelry display at Article Consignment Boutique in East Sacramento (56th Street & Elvas Avenue next to Tupelo). Jewelry and t-shirts are made weekly by young adults with autism in our workshops. You can also hire our young adults to mow your lawn, wash your car, or perform other small jobs. These activities provide hands on experience to their steps to independence and fill them with pride by earning their own money.
Prom 2017 was MAGICAL!
Thank you UC Davis MIND Institute for donating your auditorium,
and to all of our volunteers, parents and friends who helped make it possible.
You can view the photos here.
Summer Kick Off
We kicked off summer on June 18th with our Free Summer Swim Event.
Thank you for braving the triple digit temperature to spend the day with us.
Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page, click here.
"This is Me"
Fashion Show/Silent Auction
Sunday, September 10, 2017
California Auto Museum
For event details,click here.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Thank you sponsors for supporting our Fashion Show.
Sacramento Food Co-op, Council-member Jeff Harris, & Palmer Kazanjian
The Fly Brave Foundation
Huge heartfelt gratitude to Tony Lopez with CBS 13 News for supporting our efforts and covering our story (twice).
Thank you community partners and media supporters for believing in us and giving us a platform to spread our mission.
We believe in the power of kindness and that kindness finds its way back to the giver. To those who share their blessings with us and donate to our program, thank you, we are forever grateful.
To quote Cinderella, "Have courage and be kind."