A Message from Our CEO

A Message from Our CEO

We have come far from a small grassroots agency to who we are today—a comprehensive multi-service agency serving infants through adults, and connected and responsive to our program participants and communities.

Despite this breadth and capacity, we wish to do more to create life-changing outcomes by building on strengths and innovating to meet urgent needs in our three big areas of impact:

Child & Youth Development: To support learning and positive development for children in preschools, before and after school programs through grade 8, and vacation break programs.

Youth, Adult & Family Wellness: To strengthen the ability of vulnerable youth, adults and families, in diverse communities, to build and lead safe, healthy and thriving lives.

Community Engagement: To engage youth, adults, families and community members to advocate for social and equitable change, through an array of community-based centers and programs.

Gaps and urgent needs in our community remain. One of every seven people in San Diego County experiences poverty every day, and family/domestic violence and substance abuse needs continue to increase. As more transitioning military families and refugees find a home in San Diego County, these too are areas where SAY has an important role to provide support, connection and advocacy.

The SAY Board of Directors and I wholeheartedly appreciate the generosity of you—our funders and volunteers—who join with us to create opportunity, equity and well-being in the lives of youth, adults, families and communities.

Together, we are giving San Diegans opportunities and resources to reach their true potential and see their hopes and dreams come fully to life.

Best regards,

Nancy was featured in the October 2019 edition of Legacy Arts magazine.
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Growing up and raising a family can be complicated, even under the best of circumstances. Such complexities become stressful and potentially damaging when children and families face setbacks and other challenges, including poverty, displacement, family disruption or separation, mental illness or substance abuse, and relationship problems. SAY San Diego offers a holistic approach, which enriches youth, empowers families, and motivates communities to take action.