Success Stories

Elsie

Dedication Pays Off

Elsy is 17, and had been hoping to get a summer job through the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps ever since the program started 4 years ago. She's a junior in high school now, and first applied for a summer job in 2009, but wasn't hired. While she was disappointed,...

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A Young Boy’s Remarkable Transformation

[caption id="attachment_428" align="aligncenter" width="600"] SAY's Carlo Rossi[/caption] Carlo Rossi, SAY's Independent Child Advocate brings us this story about a young boy's remarkable transformation. As a child advocate, Carlo works with children and parents who are struggling in school. Through his work, he was connected with Joey, a ten year old boy...

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A success story in the making

[caption id="attachment_332" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="SAY's Michelle Revecho"][/caption] At a recent training, I learned that the leading cause of death in the population of youth whom we serve is automobile accidents where drugs and alcohol are involved, followed by homicides, and then suicides. What do all of those youth have in common?...

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Asia’s Story

If you listen to The Krush this week, you might hear a special appeal from Asia, a young woman who worked in SAY's Summer Jobs Program earlier this year. If not, you can listen to the spot below: [audio mp3="https://www.saysc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/SAY.mp3"] 700 that's how many kids are sleeping on the streets of Sonoma...

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SAY Gives Ex-Gang Members a Clean Slate

New Skin from Social Advocates for Youth on Vimeo. Take a moment to remember your first job interview. You might have known to dress up, or come prepared with a smile and a handshake, but what if you hadn't been told how to make a good first impression? That's where SAY's Youth...

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Carmen's success story starts with strife. Before working with SAY at Cloverdale High School, Carmen says that she would constantly put herself down and wouldn't stick up for herself. If someone told her she couldn't do something, she believed them, and took that negativity to heart. Now, she's using tools...

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I make healthy choices now

Since 1994, SAY has been providing counseling services in Sonoma Valley. Marina Stiefvater runs Girls Circle, a group diversion program that offers teens who have come into contact with law enforcement an opportunity to "make right" on the behaviors that got them into trouble. The girls in Marina's group have...

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It is no easy task to change a life

It is no easy task to change a life. Over the past year, the 11 interns in SAY's Medi-Cal Counseling Clinic helped equip over 250 kids and families with tools and resources to improve their lives. These remarkable counselors have volunteered over 15,000 hours to the youth and families we...

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Counseling at SAY saves your tax dollars

Jocelyn, a Marriage and Family Therapist, has been at SAY for five years. She has worked as a counselor in local schools, at the Coffee House Teen Shelter and has led groups for teens who are on probation. Currently, Jocelyn leads SAY's anger management and diversion groups. She loves to...

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