Delinquency Prevention & Youth Development

Our original focus in 1971 of providing at risk youth with the support and guidance they need to grow into healthy adults remains a major programmatic emphasis today. Much of this work is preventative and begins as early as elementary school. The bulk of our work, however, is with youth who are already exhibiting risky behaviors that have brought them to the attention of law enforcement, school counselors, community agencies, or concerned parents and precipitated a referral to SAY.

SAY is proud to have worked closely with San Diego County Probation Department and Behavioral Health Services on a variety of significant and effective delinquency prevention and youth development projects over the past two decades. Through our partnership with the county we are able to provide community support to youth and families and provide a critical link between law enforcement and youth. With a focus on prevention and diversion we have been able to provide youth and their families with needed tools to move beyond their risky behaviors.