In athletics, a playbook is a resource utilized by coaches and players to house and categorize plays and the particular acts or maneuvers paramount to consistently win games. “The FLYE Playbook” is FLYE’s signature pedagogical instructional method. The playbook leverages experiences and key lessons derived from team sports to guide students in their personal, academic, and professional development. Lessons from the playbook are incorporated into workshops and programs designed to cultivate soft skills, such as leadership, decision making, and communication, within student athletes. FLYE believes that by combining how athletes learn a sport with captivating educational material we can subsequently increase both their academic and athletic engagement. When our young people receive new information, become confused, or run into obstacles, they will be able to use athletics and academics to solve problems. As they matriculate to and through college or the workforce, learnings via THE FLYE Playbook will allow them to have a smooth transition into their life’s goals.
In 2016 FLYE organized a partnership within the Knowledge Capital coalition. Knowledge Capital is utilizing FLYE's Professional Development Curriculum while combining Hybrid Tech Skills, Financial literacy and life skills. Knowledge Capital has aligned itself with the vision and approach of the My Brothers Keeper Alliance by applying innovative new strategies for improving outcomes for low-income disconnected youth.
In 2013, FLYE partnered with Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) to test their initial program offerings. In its first year of programming (2014), FLYE offered 12 weeks of programming to young men, serving a total of 48 youth. Each workshop covered a different topic, including entrepreneurship, college preparation, and gentlemanly behavior/etiquette. In 2015, FLYE held 24 weeks of programming at Eleanor Roosevelt High School and expanded the entrepreneurship workshop into its own 8-week series. The first 8-week workshop covered leadership (26 students); the second 8-week, entrepreneurship (45 students); and the third 8-week, college preparation (24 students).
FLYE creates innovative events specifically designed to meet the intersecting needs of young men of color, including providing safe spaces for discussing national events, workshops on financial literacy, and direct contributions of professional clothing to promote career readiness.