HISTORY: In early 2000 founder, Greg Allen, started to think about teens’ social needs – their need to gather and express themselves with their peers. He looked at his community and noticed that teens were meeting at house parties where in many instances there was drinking, drugs and other risky behaviors.
As Greg interacted with several parents, school personnel and law enforcement; it became clear that the community needed safe, supervised gatherings. It was also clear that it needed to be youth driven in terms of ideas and implementation. To further validate his assumptions he created a survey that went out to several teens in the community. He discovered that the first thing teens want is to be with their friends and that music and art was something they would gather around as a focus.
Greg realized he needed to create something that teens would buy into through attendance and participation. He wanted to reduce the risky behaviors of as many teens as possible and develop their talent and abilities through safe, creative, supervised, group activities.
There is a freedom that is experienced when someone finds, develops and expresses their talent and abilities. Hence the name Freedom4U came to be.
In 2002, Freedom4U opened its doors and has provided youth programs focused around creative arts whereby teens can develop their talent as well as have a safe social place to attend. Teens also learn life skills, develop leadership abilities and learn from the experience of service.
Freedom4U leads drug prevention seminars for parents and their sons and daughters. We also provide school based counseling services to at-risk youth and their parents.
Freedom4U is incorporated as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation 501(c)(3) in the State of California for Educational purposes. Freedom4U is not affiliated with any political or religious group. Donations and gifts are tax deductible.