What's happening in the Nest?
Autism Fashion Show/Silent Auction
Saturday, November 23, 2019
California Auto Museum
We are fundraising to secure a commercial location.
We are funded through grants, sponsors and individual donors. While we are able to offer year around events, workshops, social programs and employment training, free of charge, our current funding is allocated for those programs with nothing left over to rent a space of our own. In order to reach the dream of operating in a commercial location, we need funding solely for that purpose. The goal of this event is make that dream a reality.
Currently, we operate all of our programs in rooms rented at the Coloma Community Center on T Street and have outgrown the location. We are seeking a 1500 sq ft space in the greater Sacramento area.
We are looking for show sponsors to help offset the costs of renting the venue, a DJ, food/drinks and purchasing props for the show. We are also seeking Silent Auction donations of ANY KIND.
If your company would like to share their kindness with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details and to purchase advance tickets, click here.
Pro-Wrestling for Autism
September 28, 2019
We held a pro-wrestling show with special guests, WWE Hall of Famer, Rikishi and WWE legend, the Tonga Kid. A grant was secured from the City of Elk Grove to host the event. We sold 240 tickets and families had an amazing time watching a 7 bout show.
This fundraiser raised funds for our 2020 Fly Fit Autism-Police Fitness Program with the Elk Grove Police Department. This free 6-week, 2-day a week program, buddies up officers with individuals on the Autism Spectrum to learn about one another and strengthen community bonds. Our goal was to profit $3k after costs and it was a close margin, raising $2800.
Fly Brave receives 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 17th at Fair Oaks Park in Sacramento. Our clients sold 200 shirts.
Alta California Regional Center Vendorization 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 are working to finalize our program design for submission in September 2019. Program designs are due to the Regional Center by October 31, 2019. We should hear from the Regional Center by the end of the year if we have been accepted as a vendor.
Becoming a vendor through Alta means funding for a center-based employment training program that designs programs around our clients career aspirations.
Program Funding Needs
We are seeking funding to roll out a FREE Sign Language Workshop. As many clients have non-verbal autism, we are looking to host a weekly workshop to individuals and families for 12-weeks led by ASL certified instructors.
The workshops will be held at the Coloma Community Center.
We are seeking $1,000 in funding to cover the cost of the room rental and materials for weekly study guides.
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.