Social Advocates For Youth

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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Run for SAY

Lace up your sneakers and join runners around the world in running for SAY this summer! Atlas was founded by students in the Masters Program at Hult International Business School. Atlas recruits corporate sponsors make their donations possible, turning workouts into dollars for charity. The students were inspired to work with SAY after Cat Cvengros,...

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What to do when a homeless person asks you for money

Homeless people often tend to be literally overlooked, and the stigma of being homeless is very real. When approached by someone asking for money (panhandling) our first suggestion is always to treat people with compassion. Make eye contact, smile. You can say no to a request for money by simply saying “I...

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We Hired 95 Youth This Summer!

June marked the kick off of one of the busiest times of year for our Career Services Teams - we interviewed, hired and trained 95 young people to work in jobs this summer. Our youth came in to the SAY Finley Dream Center for a two day HR and training...

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“I’m learning a lot more than I thought I could”

Naomi was determined to be self-sufficient when she decided to move out of her foster home. She had previous work experience through internships with other organizations, but when Naomi applied for an internship with us at SAY, she was looking for a bigger step forward in creating a new future. “I felt...

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