SAY Recognized as Youth Friendly Business

SAY Recognized as Youth Friendly Business

Social Advocates for Youth is honored to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Business by the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)!

Our local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is a group of key stakeholders appointed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to address workforce challenges throughout Sonoma County. The WIB members are leaders in the community who represent business, industry, labor, education, and economic development. The WIB’s vision is to help create a robust local workforce with the skills needed for today and tomorrow.

SAY is a proud member of the WIB and serves as a workforce representative for the employment needs of youth. Youth are a vital part of our local workforce, and we must invest in the next generation of Sonoma County! Currently in our community, 10.7% of 16 to 24 year-olds are disconnected from education and employment (2017 Measure of America). Research shows that youth experiencing periods of disconnection are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, are at-risk of victimization by adults, earn less income, and face higher rates of incarceration and unemployment. SAY empowers youth on the path to self-sufficiency and a brighter future by implementing research and evidence-based programming specifically designed to increase connections and decrease barriers to gainful employment. Last year, we helped 210 young people find meaningful work experience opportunities in Sonoma County! Over the last decade, SAY has helped more than 1,000 young people find meaningful employment in our community.

The Youth Friendly Business Recognition Program (YFB) recognizes, promotes, and expresses gratitude to businesses in Sonoma County identified as providing outstanding customer service towards youth and young adults under age 25, and for helping them in our community.

The program honors businesses that:

  • Hire and prepare youth for future careers
  • Support community/school activities for youth
  • Treat youth customers with respect

SAY is honored to share this recognition with our fellow local businesses recipients, Joey’s Original Pizza and West County Martial Arts and Fitness. We are in it together for the youth of Sonoma County!

Toni Abraham (left), SAY’s Community and Career Services Manager, and Serene Cooper (middle), SAY’s Director of Career Services, accept SAY’s Youth Friendly Business award! Presenting the award is WIB Director, Katie Greaves (middle) and WIB Chair, Kristyn Byrne.