Empower to Lead...The FLA Way

Developing youth resiliency and leadership to create long-lasting systemic change by mobilizing youth to advocate for policies that improve their lives and their communities

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Our Mission

FLA develops youth resiliency and leadership to create long-lasting systemic change by empowering and mobilizing youth leaders to advocate for policies that improve their lives and the lives of their peers and their communities.

Our Impact on Youth

Students Served


Improved Their Public Speaking


Learned How to Impact Policy


Learned More About Their Ethnic/Racial Identity

Student Success Stories

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Our Programs

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Youth-Led Policy Initiatives

Housing Security

Families in our communities were at risk of being evicted during the pandemic. FLA participated in an in-car protest in front of the City Council office and were successful in acquiring the strongest eviction moratoriums in County Santa Barbara County for Santa Maria residents.

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Youth Wellness Coalition

The Youth Wellness Coalition (YWC) is a group of community members who advocate for safe, healthy, and prosperous communities for all youth. YWC’s work revolves around education and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in Santa Barbara.

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A-G For All

Everyone deserves the right to pursue higher education! The “A-G for All” campaign ensures that the high school graduation curriculum aligns with the A-G requirements to increase access to higher education for BIPOC youth and eliminate the achievement gap..

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Tobacco Prevention

Vaping has become the gateway for tobacco use among the current student population. Flavors smell and taste like candy making them attractive for youth and have become a real public health danger–FLA is committed to restricting the sales of flavored tobacco.

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Safe Zones

FLA Youth helped pass “Safe Zones” policies in Santa Barbara and Oxnard. The “Safe Zone” policy ensured that all youth were protected from harassment from Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) thereby ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our community members.

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Mental Health

FLA Youth advocated for the successful passage of a “Mental Health Resolution” at Oxnard Union High School District that de-stigmatized mental health, increased mental health services, promoted the services widely, integrated mental health into the 9th grade health curriculum, and eliminated penalties for those who seek services.


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UCLA CSRC Report: “Future Leaders of America: The Critical Role of Youth Activism in Central Coast Communities”

Read the latest research from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center on the impact of FLA and its programming on the Central Coast!