Freedom4U is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating life skills, leadership abilities and creativity in teenagers in the South Bay and Harbor Area of Los Angeles. Freedom4U strives to reduce risky behaviors in youth by providing creative, substance-free gatherings and purpose-driven volunteer missions.
In 2002, founder and director Greg Allen, a Palos Verdes-based family therapist, wanted to do something about the growing reports of underage house parties and substance abuse. After surveying local teens, Allen found that their top priorities were hanging out with their friends, as well as music and art. And so Freedom4U was born, with the intention of providing a fun, safe platform for youth to gather and express their creativity.
With programming such as annual film/photography/art contests, live music showcases, leadership service field trips and career workshops, Freedom4U aims to cultivate youth engagement and encourage them to discover passions and foster meaningful connections. Freedom4U also leads drug prevention seminars for parents and their children and partners with some 20 local schools to provide group therapy.
THE THREE C'S
Our goal of community extends through all of our programs and events. We seek to connect and build relationships with the youth in our community. These relationships then lead to character development and then the release of creativity and passion.
Through our sense of community, we build up our youth and their abilities to become future leaders in their communitities. Character development is a central characteristic of our programs, and a key building block of our organization.
Creativity is potentially the most important quality of any prospective leader. The ability to think up new solutions cannot be overstated in importance. We foster youth to act as "laboratories," creating, developing, and expressing new ideas; all the creative genius of our local youth is attended to and allowed to grow into its full potential. We believe that passion leads to purpose.