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. The Youth Advocates’ goal is to empower the boys with the life skills and reintegration support that they need to stay out of the criminal justice system. In the words of one of the volunteers, Melissa Rios, “F4Y gives the boys tools to cope with the challenges in their lives, become stronger, and develop self-worth so they can get out and stay out.”