Social Advocates For Youth

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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How an Office Internship Becomes a New Opportunity

Galen began his journey with our Career Services programs when he turned 18 after two bouts of homelessness, being removed from his mother’s home and intermittent stays in foster and group homes. Throughout an unpredictable and chaotic childhood, Galen graduated from Piner High School. He was diagnosed from an early age...

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Here We Come to SAY the Day raises $393,000 for our Youth!

Can you SAY superheroes?! Our 340 event guests, sponsors, volunteers and staff made Here We Come to SAY the Day event our most successful fundraiser ever! We raised $393,000 for our kids! wow! The event, held May 14, 2016 at the Friedman Event Center was a fun-filled evening, with Catwoman (Cat Cvengros) and...

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Levi Leipheimer Tours the Dream Center

Levi Leipheimer and our friends at the King Ridge Foundation stopped by the SAY Finley Dream Center last month for a tour and an opportunity to learn more about what we do at SAY and meet some of our young people. SAY is the newest program partner of the King...

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SAY Dream Center Grand Opening Weekend!

On Friday March 11, SAY hosted a reception at the SAY Finley Dream Center to celebrate our founder circle - the donors who pledged over $100,000 to help SAY build our new campus. Mike Cohill from Sutter Health gave a toast to SAY, and Connie Codding, who co-chaired our capital...

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