Social Advocates For Youth

Meet Ashley Fehrmann – Our New Chief Development Officer

We are thrilled to be welcoming a new face to our leadership team at SAY: Ashley Fehrmann, our incoming Chief Development Officer! Ashley thrives off of helping others live a better life and ensuring organizations have the strategies and tools to succeed. She more than ten years experience in political and non-profit...

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Important Changes at SAY

First, know that you are very important to us at SAY and the youth we serve. Thank you. In this email we have two big announcements. We are excited to announce that our Chief Operations Officer, Katrina Thurman, will be stepping into a new role as CEO for SAY beginning on...

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SAY Opens Emergency Winter Shelter for Homeless Youth

During these winter months, when it is extremely cold at night, the safety of our homeless community is a major concern for us at SAY. To help keep our youth safe, from December through March 2017 we are opening an overnight shelter program in downtown Santa Rosa to give emergency...

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A Winter Graduation Ceremony

Last week eight youth graduated from SAY's Fall Work-readiness Program. Prior to graduation they presented on their internships, crew work, and their chosen career path, including their next steps. Students shared about becoming firefighters, plumbers, cosmetologists, careers in psychology, and more. Favorite quotes from the day: “Now I just gotta get...

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Why We Love Lip Balm

How many 12-year-old business owners and philanthropists do you know? There aren’t many, but Sadie Asker is one of them. She started her own lip balm business, Lips For Living, and has been donating 10 percent of the sales to SAY. Sadie decided to donate after she and her mother, Brandi...

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Santa Rosa’s Homeless State of Emergency

Last night, the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to draft a Homeless State of Emergency, with Vice Mayor Tom Schwedhelm suggesting that the emergency will only truly end when Santa Rosa's homeless numbers reach functional zero and all people have access to shelter and housing within a short time...

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Why High School Teachers are Learning about Fire Codes with SAY

The SAY College and Career Readiness team in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education just completed coordination of a valuable externship program with three teams of teachers from area schools. Teacher externships offer a unique professional development opportunity connecting the classroom to the workplace.  They provide an experience...

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