Freedom 4 Youth Day of Advocacy

Santa Barbara, CA (October 6, 2018) — Freedom 4 Youth (F4Y) returned from Sacramento on Friday, October 5, after an incredible day with special guests: Michael Mendoza, Anti-Recidivism Coalition  Policy Advocacy Director; Rachel Stern, Executive Officer, Board of Juvenile Hearings; Chuck Supple, Director of the California Department of Juvenile Justice; Israel Landa, Legislative Director, Office of […]

Voyage LA; Meet LaVell Baylor

LaVell was featured on Voyage LA. Here’s an excerpt: “As a youth empowerment coach, I am a dedicated guide and mentor that helps at-promise kids to achieve a sense of self-confidence, inner peace, and create personal goals that leads to a more balanced and fulfilled life. Fulfilled people aren’t likely to commit crime. Fulfilled people […]

The 6th Annual “In Unity, We Rise” Conference (May 2018)

We are celebrating our 6th Annual Freedom 4 Youth “In Unity We Rise” Leadership Week on May 18 – 20, 2018 at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) & the Los Prietos Boys Camp (LPBC).  The events will honor and appreciate our youth, student leaders, UCSB faculty and the Santa Barbara County Probation staff who […]

Become a Freedom 4 Youth Advocate

The Freedom 4 Youth Advocates at UCSB facilitate opportunities with youth in the juvenile justice system for self-expression and social-emotional learning through programs focused on:  effective communication, education planning/job training, mentorship and community integration. If you would like to give and become a F4Y Advocate please contact us

Youth Empowering Youth

Youth Empowering Youth   “In 2014, the Fund for Santa Barbara awarded a grant to Freedom 4 Youth (F4Y) for their youth-led work to reduce recidivism in the juvenile justice system. F4Y does their work by connecting youth advocates — many of whom are UCSB students — with boys at the Los Prietos Boys Camp. […]

F4Y Panel Presentations: Alternatives To Isolation

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. -Nelson Mandela The panel discussion took place  November 13 and was hosted by Santa Barbara City College and The Panel was moderated by Yaskin Solano (Freedom 4 Youth Co-Founder / Chief of Staff). The speakers on the […]