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

We stand for equity, opportunity, inclusion and well-being, every day.

At SAY San Diego, we value diversity in our workforce and all of our relationships as a vital, creative and moral strength and key to our success.

We intentionally engage and embrace diverse experiences, perspectives and talents.

We promote equity, opportunity and well-being by acting to rebalance power and privilege within our organization, relationships, communities and the larger society.

We advocate for anti-racism and against discrimination in all forms, by acting to prevent and remove racial, ethnic and other forms of inequitable treatment and disparities in the systems, practices and policies related to our work, including systems such as education, healthcare, juvenile/criminal justice and child welfare, among others. We understand that systemic change is complex and requires many allies learning and working together to create durable positive change.

We honor the power and rights of all peoples to come together in a safe inclusive environment.

We recruit, hire, train, support and promote a diverse and inclusive board and workforce, in all ways that people identify themselves, including race, ethnicity, origin language, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military or veteran status, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age. Going forward, SAY will incorporate any and all protected characteristics.

We also recognize that work on diversity and inclusion and racial equity evolves over time and will be continuously improved. We are open to learning and developing this work together.

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.