WE HAVE A BRAND NEW ONLINE STORE
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An employment training program for our clients with developmental disabilities.
When we started up in 2016, we came up with an idea of a shirt shop to raise money for our program. We began making shirts with inspirational quotes like Kindness is Magic, Autism Awareness and
Believe In Your Dreams.
We would go on community outings to local craft stores to pick out iron letters, patches and purchase inexpensive blank t-shirts. This workshop was held in Vanessa's living room twice a week to brainstorm and create product.
One of Fly Brave's families saw a flyer from The Westward Drive In inviting local vendors to set up a booth at their summer pop up market event. The group set up their booth and debuted their collection of 25 handmade tees, which sold out.
That led to a donation of a heat press and boxes of shirts and with the money raised through shirt sales, they were able to purchase a vinyl cutter.
They were able to upgrade the quality of products with the new equipment and started their online Etsy shop, run by Fly Brave clients.
This led to invitations to craft fairs from Sacramento to Berkeley.
Clients gain skills training through money management, customer interaction, inventory management and graphic design.
Proceeds raised rolled back into the program to expand the workshops. They were able to afford a room rental at the Community Center and offer Saturday art classes. Within a year they were able to move out of Vanessa's living room, offering the workshop to more clients with a passion for art and graphic design.
As the proceeds from the online shop and pop up markets grew, they began selling at bigger venues, such as the Country in the Park event hosted by KNCI Country Radio. With 16,000 concert goers, proceeds tripled and they were able to create more product and set up shop at several other events hosted by Bonneville Media.
In 2019, KNCI Radio contracted with Fly Brave to create all of their product for the Country in Park events. Fly Brave not only creates KNCI signature product but also works the event by selling the product which generates a share of the profits.
Four years later, we are still a grassroots shirt shop yet our customer reach is vast, expanding across the country.
The dream is to secure a commercial space (store front) that customers can visit to purchase shirts and accessories and work with clients on designing custom orders.
This project has been a labor of love that started as an idea and took flight. It wasn't easy. We knocked on a lot of doors, putting flyers up in local coffee shops and asking small businesses to help out. We are so proud of our clients and the product they produce; through hard work, determination and their talents, the shirt shop is what it is today, a thriving job skills program.
Another aspect of the program that we are very proud of is that our clients have become models for the collection.
Thank you to Ananda Rochita for capturing a few our of t-shirt designers and artists our 2020 collection debuting in a new online storefront in November 2020.
Run for the Spectrum - Fundraising Goal
Fly Brave aims to put on its first race.
A 5k, 10k, and half marathon event.
This is contingent upon state guidelines on gathering.
Alta California Regional Center Vendor Progress
We began the process of becoming a vendor through the Regional Center in November 2018. This is lengthy process which entails several steps.
We submitted a letter of intent in November 2018; we were invited to an orientation in April 2019; we submitted our proposal in May 2019; our proposal was accepted and we were scheduled for an interview on June 13, 2019; we passed the interview and were invited to the Vendor Orientation on July 11, 2019. Using the program guide from July's orientation, we submitted our program design on October 27, 2019. We met with Alta on November 5, 2019 to review 1st draft edits. Due to the pandemic in 2020, our program model was on-hold.
Program Funding Needs
We are seeking $2k in funding to implement an animation technology workshop.
The mission of this program is to teach students interested in animation and design the skills needed to collaboratively create a film that is one hour in length.
Fly Brave will host a movie night at the Community Center following the 8-week workshop to showcase the student's work.
This event will be free to the community with popcorn and beverages.
Funding is needed for an 8-week classroom rental, rental of the Community Center Auditorium and equipment and refreshments for opening night.
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
We met with Habitat for Humanity to discuss the potential for a collaboration. Our clients would work with volunteer job coaches through the Optimist Club of Sacramento to help on build sites learning the skills needed in the construction field, socializing in a group setting and feeling pride in giving back to our community.
Grant Funding - CA NV Moose Association
On December 12, 2020, the CA NV Moose Association chose Fly Brave as their first autism project charity. They awarded us a $3k grant to benefit our Art and Design program.
Fly Brave received their 1st Commercial Customer.
Thanks to the kindness of Bonneville Media, Fly Brave is now the official shirt shop for KNCI 105.1 Country Radio, Country in the Park concerts.
Our clients design, create and sell their shirts through our employment training pop-up shop at concert events.
We receive a portion of each shirt sold which affords us to continue offering free social, fitness and employment training programs to our community.
Our first pop-up shop as KNCI's official shirt shop was at Country in the Park II on August 17, 2019.. Our clients sold 200 shirts. We are now gearing up for CIP2 - a two day concert event in August 2020.
FLY BRAVE HAS ITS FIRST HOME!!
After spending the last five years at the community center, we secured our very first brick and mortar location and we get to move in January 21, 2021!
We are taking over the thrift store and attached coffee at 59th and Broadway next to Bacon and Butter in Tahoe Park.
The thrift store will be revitalized into an upscale thrift with a consignment component and place for local artisans to sell their works.
The coffee shop will reopen with daily specials of baked goods, desserts and sandwiches offered by locals with culinary talents.
Both businesses will be run by our clients as employment training programs.
We will offer daily courses on office/technology and art/design along with hosting our social and life skills workshops afterhours.
We are so excited to bring our mission to fruition.
The building needs a lot of love and we are planning on hosting two community service project days to fix it up. We will send out a google sign up form when we secure the dates.
We also need additional funding to purchase equipment and supplies and are grateful for any monetary help you can provide.
You can donate on the homepage of the website.
Thank you for flying brave with us over the last five years.