Social Advocates For Youth

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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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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23 Things Our Youth Have Done at the Sunflower Community Garden this Summer

This update comes from Sorrel Allen, our Sunflower Garden Youth Supervisor: It’s been a sunny, hot, and beautiful summer in the Sunflower Community Garden. Our first tomatoes are ripe on the vine at last! The pollinators are plentiful. Our heat loving crops such as corn and peppers are growing boldly; we can...

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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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