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Freedom 4 Youth

Organization Mission

Freedom 4 Youth’s mission is to uplift and empower youth to build safe and compassionate communities.

Social Change Project:

Freedom 4 Youth (F4Y) has established a centrally located Center where youth that are justice system impacted work alongside volunteer mentors from UCSB, SBCC, and Westmont. The objective is to support and empower Santa Barbara County youth with the resources and skills needed to either not enter the justice system (diversion) or to help leave the system once they are involved (reentry).

F4Y is requesting community support to create two self-sustaining STEM after school classes where students will study Robotics along with 3D Game Design. Students will learn robotics engineering and programming along with basic artificial intelligence.

Students will also become versed in every aspect of game design including creating 3D models and characters, texturing and material design, storyboarding and terrain building, planning and creation of cinematics, custom particle and special effects. Students will be using the powerful, industry standard software called Unreal Engine.

Each semester, both classes will feature inter-school Robotics and 3D Game Design competitions hosted BY THE YOUTH from our program.

F4Y needs community support to continue providing a safe space for youth throughout the county to support one another through reciprocal mentorship in order to raise rates of academic achievement, gainful employment, and self-efficacy while reducing recidivism, incarceration, and violence in the community. Thank you for your support!

Freedom 4 Youth has been a good program for my family and I. We each communicate better. We get along. We talk things out, before; we wouldn’t even speak about anything. What I enjoyed most was the fact that Freedom 4 Youth felt like a family. How people understood you and they didn’t judge you. Like they all knew where you were coming from and they were just there to support you. Also, I got an A on all speeches I did so far in college and I owe that to you. Don’t stop what you do. This program changed my life. You really help everyone out! Thanks again.

- Reynaldo Guzman

We Did It!

We did it, together, and raised $282,144 for 53 local nonprofits.