Social Advocates For Youth

A Year of Impact: 2021 in Review

Despite every unpredictable obstacle presented in 2021, SAY's dedicated staff members continued to be of service to the young people of Sonoma County. Being here during the most difficult of times is how we show up for our youth.    ...

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Employee of the Quarter: Kitu Jhawar-Terris

Congratulations to Kitu Jhawar-Terris, Program Manager of SAY's School Mental Health & Grief Services, for being selected as SAY's Employee of the Quarter! "Her honesty and transparency make her team feel supported and cared for," shared Brooke Ransom-Burr, Director of Counseling. "I love working beside her, and am constantly inspired by...

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The Dedication of Dot Iriks

Connecting with vulnerable young people requires a very special skill set: consistency, patience, and a hefty dose of humor. For Dot Iriks, outgoing Director of Housing at SAY, these qualities are just a natural part of her personality. Her “kids”, as she lovingly calls the youth in her program, will...

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Meet our Staff: Heather Sweet

Today we want to introduce you to SAY's Data Director, Heather Sweet! Heather joined our team eight years ago as a Program Manager for our Coffee House Teen Shelter, and then soon after spearheaded the development of what is now SAY's data department.  She provides integral support to every single branch...

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Employee of the Year:  Amanda Meza

We are so honored to introduce you to our Employee of the Year, Amanda Meza! Amanda has been an integral part of our team for more than five years. As our Bilingual Housing Services Coordinator and our Human Trafficking Liaison, Amanda is the first point of contact for many of the young people who...

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A Champion for Mental Health

  “I say put mental health first. Because if you don't, then you're not going to enjoy your sport and you're not going to succeed as much as you want to.” – Simone Biles Mental health has taken center stage this Olympic season, thanks in part to a few brave athletes who...

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SAY celebrates Juneteenth!

  For many of the staff and youth here at SAY, recognizing Juneteenth as an annual holiday is an important step forward towards creating a more inclusive environment. The decision to add this celebration to our list of scheduled holidays was made in the Fall of 2020 as part of our...

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Our Short-Term Shelter turns five!

  On April 11th, 2016, we welcomed the first youth to stay in our Short-Term shelter, which offers safety and comfort to young people in need of emergency housing. This shelter is the only dedicated ‘transitional aged youth’ (TAY) shelter located between San Francisco and the Oregon border.  But what exactly...

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