Our Mission

SAY San Diego’s mission is to partner with youth, adults, families, and communities to reach their full potential.  Our vision is opportunity, equity and well-being for all San Diegans.

What We Do

SAY San Diego partnerships and services address the comprehensive needs of the entire individual or family rather than focusing on one symptom or problem. SAY engages the community to work collaboratively and works with systems such as law enforcement, schools, and local government to create positive change. SAY San Diego’s holistic approach enriches youth, empowers individuals and families, and engages communities.

To see a snapshot of SAY’s impact, click here for our agency video.

Core Services

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse prevention
  • Before and after school programs, preschools, and school readiness
  • Child abuse prevention and family support
  • Collaborative partnerships for military families, refugee/immigrant families, students, parents, and more
  • Family strengthening and self-sufficiency
  • Foster care and kinship parenting support
  • Juvenile delinquency prevention and diversion
  • Mental health counseling, case management, adult services, and youth development Access to health care, employment, and self-sufficiency

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At SAY San Diego, we strive to provide a positive work environment for all employees, volunteers, interns, vendors, visitors and program participants. One of the ways we accomplish this is by embracing a variety of diverse talents, experiences and perspectives. We believe SAY San Diego will thrive by being an inclusive team player. We are committed to maintaining an environment of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and members of our teams.

SAY San Diego fulfills this commitment through a variety of measures including internal and external posting of job openings, hiring, training and promoting individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military or veteran status, disability, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age. We prohibit harassment and discrimination based on a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, we look at company programs, policies, procedures and activities with equity, diversity and inclusion in mind. In keeping with our core values, SAY San Diego is steadfast in taking action to ensure equal employment opportunity in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

We are dedicated to providing employees with a great place to work where they can offer their diverse talents, experiences and perspectives to fully respond to the needs the individuals and communities we serve.

History: Strengthening the Whole Child, Whole Family, Whole Community since 1971

thumbnail_say_videoSAY San Diego has been making a difference for children, families, and communities for nearly 50 years.  SAY first opened its doors in 1971 with one paid employee, a budget of $1,500, and the goal of providing prevention services to struggling youth. Since then SAY San Diego has evolved from a single focused organization to what we are today: an agency whose work encompasses more than 30 programs strengthening the whole child, whole family, and whole community.