Forward Learning Youth & Young Adults (FLYY)

Therapeutic Services

Call us to make a referral or schedule your first appointment.

(608) 512-6109

Service Facilitation Program

Call us with questions about Service Facilitation at FLYY.

(608) 218-0285

Black Lives Matter

A message from FLYY:

At Forward Learning Youth & Young Adults (FLYY), we stand unequivocally with Black Life.

As a behavioral health organization, we understand that Black Trauma Matters, and commit to ensuring that our trauma-informed services reflect the intersectional needs of our clients and staff. We recognize the ways in which mental health services have historically benefited from the oppression of Black and Brown bodies and embrace the renewed call to disrupt white supremacy, in particular around the ways in which mental health is perceived and treated in the United States.

We also believe the Black Lives Matter movement should be considered by all of us as a recognition and a challenge. The FLYY community accepts this challenge. We are taking meaningful steps towards better understanding the intersection of race and mental health, for which we as mental workers are equipped.

Forward Learning Youth & Young Adults (FLYY)

Distinctive Mental Health Programming for Dane County’s Youth

Established in 2011, FLYY is a community-based nonprofit serving youth, young adults and their parents or caregivers throughout Dane County. Typical participants are between ages 6 – 35, and parents or caregivers of any age. What sets FLYY’s mental health programming apart from others is the methodological framework used with participants (experiential education, restorative justice practices, and a family systems approach), as well as a drive and commitment to carry out its mission and values. FLYY serves individuals and families using a strengths-based recovery model designed to support long-term success.

FLYY offers the following services:

  • Individual Therapy/Pschoeducation
  • Individual Skill Development (Therapeutic Mentoring)
  • Parent Psychoeducation
  • Service Facilitation

All services are designed to help strengthen the client’s family and support system and are tailored to the unique needs of each participant.

In order to promote maximum therapeutic growth, sessions often happen in a non-office setting. Staff utilize the non-traditional environment of the session as a tool for success, integration, and to facilitate the growth process. A typical session might be held outdoors to allow not only for verbal processing, experiential modeling, and teaching, but also for healing of the spirit. Other sessions may take place at a coffee shop, a library, at one of FLYY’s two office locations, or within the community by learning to use public transportation or to access other local resources. FLYY is able to customize the support needed by each individual and can design a plan that helps each participant become a healthy, productive community member.

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What Sets Us Apart

  • Use of a modern recovery-based model that allows participants to learn and practice their skills in a non-linear way. This model allows for continued enhancement and application of new tools and skills, and provides opportunities for learning and growth at each stage.
  • A relationship-based approach. The relationship that develops between a participant and staff is the cornerstone of all therapeutic work. FLYY relies heavily on the ability of our staff to build rapport and trust with each participant, to meet them where they are at, and to work with them in a way that is both collaborative and best suited to their needs and desires.
  • A carefully considered environment for each session. They physical environment for each session is always impactful, and FLYY staff assist in using this as a tool to aid in the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual growth processes.
  • Use of Motivational Interviewing and Restorative Justice practices. Participants are guided to reflect with questions intended to help them discover their own motivations, values, and needs, as well as how their choices and words are impacting both themselves and others.
  • Strengths and Family Systems-based approaches. FLYY staff work with participants through an optimistic and hopeful lens. Staff also take into consideration the impact of the systems and relationships within participants’ lives and aim to assist them in participating in these in the healthiest ways possible.