Success Stories

Sprigs n Sprouts Program Helps Kids Grow

From mentoring to tattoo removal, SAY’s Esperanza Resource Center offers volunteer opportunities, work experience, field trips, and engaging activities for kids who may be at-risk of joining a gang. One program run by our Esperanza team is the Sunflower Community Garden, located on the corner of A and 7th streets...

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SAY Youth Are Helping Prevent Fires

This summer, SAY youth worked alongside Fire Marshal Roberta MacIntyre, and her team from the Sonoma County Fire Prevention Division clearing brush and helping to prevent fires in rural Sonoma County. As part of the Road Side Chipper program, our youth crew members travelled to Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg, and worked hauling branches...

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A Job With a Purpose

It's a busy morning at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, and Angelica, 19 is making the rounds with a cart of dog kibble and wet food. She starts down one aisle, following the feeding chart and making sure that each dog gets the right mix of wet and dry food....

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Anabel Mata

Celebrating Anabel’s Success

We are always delighted to see our community recognizes a member of the SAY family for his or her service with an award, but it is not every day that we have an award winner who was nominated entirely by accident. Anabel Mata, a stellar youth volunteer with our Esperanza...

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SAY Mobile Health Clinic Partnership Takes Off

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="1077,1090,1089,1088,1087,1086,1085,1084,1083,1082,1080,1079,1078"] Trust is as easy to destroy as it is difficult to gain. The staff of SAY's Coffee House Teen Shelter would be quick to tell you that it is often the first thing a young person loses when faced with homelessness. For many youth forced by circumstance to...

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Our Annual Report for 2012-2013

This Thanksgiving we are thankful for YOU! With help from you: our donors, volunteers, supporters we have accomplished so much this year, and impacted thousands of lives. In fact, since our founding in 1971, we've helped over 35,500 youth right here in Sonoma County. Check our our Annual Report below to...

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Helping foster youth succeed

[caption id="attachment_834" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Angela, Danielle, Harmony and Jenalyn are members of the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program at the SRJC[/caption] Danielle Hansen, 20 is a Communications Major studying at the Santa Rosa Junior College. She'll be graduating this Spring with two Associates degrees and plans to transfer to Sonoma...

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Their first paychecks

Kristina and Maria, both 17, celebrated a milestone last week: they both received their first paycheck from their very first job. The excitement these two girls felt to be earning their own way was palpable, as was the pride in their hard work. After two weeks of work outdoors in...

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