Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a community-led grassroots organization that evolved from the needs and input of families with children in the justice system.. The group has an 18-year history working in directly impacted communities, cultivating strong relationships with families, building on the experiences of  parents and young adults living in New Orleans, and developing relationships with others in the community through advocacy with system stakeholders. For the past 10 years, FFLIC and the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) have partnered to improve outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) held in secure facilities. The Ujima Project (UP) will expand this partnership to offer 10 BYMOC serving “juvenile life” increased opportunity for success through mentorship, individualized youth-driven goal setting, and community support, incentivizing their participation by providing the opportunity for furloughs for the first time. This proposal was developed through input from youth serving “juvenile life” who want their voices included in all decisions that impact their futures. Increasing the wellbeing of BYMOC’s with holistic approaches that provide dignity and empowerment can help transform them into civic leaders who have an active voice in shaping justice system policies and practices.