from YJC website
YJC started FREE LA High School in 2007 to support young people to earn their high school diploma while transforming their communities, LA and the nation. F.R.E.E. LA (Fight the Revolution to Educate and Empower LA) High School is one of LA?s few community alternatives to detention and incarceration for young people. The goals are to integrate young people with system experience back into education; strengthen basic literacy and numeracy skills; build life and survival skills; and build bridges between the street and higher education and career. The school relies on building youth, parent and community power to break our communities? reliance on underground economies, heal from violence and restore justice to our own and others? lives. Students learn conflict resolution, community organizing, leadership, media and public policy development through classroom and hands-on experiential learning. The purpose is not just to build students but to build a movement inside lock-ups, within the corridors of government and in the streets.