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Founded in 1971 SAY San Diego has been making a difference for children, families and communities for more than 40 years.  SAY San Diego first opened its doors in 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 over 30 programs strengthening the whole child, whole family, and whole community.

Core Services

  • Before and after school programs and preschools
  • Juvenile delinquency prevention and diversion
  • Child abuse prevention and family support
  • Mental health counseling, case management, and youth development
  • Access to health care, employment, and self-sufficiency
  • Collaborative partnerships for military families, refugee families, and more
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse prevention

In 2014, SAY San Diego engaged 86,000 San Diegans, serving more than 26,000 children and family members directly and reaching another 60,000 with informational, educational, and health promotion resources.