SAY San Diego Receives Legacy Grant from Las Patronas

From the La Jolla Light
By Ashley Mackin-Solomon

Legacy grant recipient SAY San Diego vice president of resource development Suzie Colby, Las Patronas member Lindsay Stevens, SAY San Diego CEO Nancy Gannon Hornberger and 2017 Jewel Ball co-chair Alison Lee

The second Legacy Grant, collected from Legacy Society members who have included the Las Patronas Endowment Fund in their planned giving, went to Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego. The $3,832 will help the organization purchase 10 laptops to assist in tax preparation services.

“A question that comes up often is why a youth organization has a tax assistance program?” said SAY San Diego CEO Nancy Gannon Hornberger. “When we see youth struggling because they do not have school supplies, their shoes don’t fit or they have a dental need that goes unattended, we ask how we can enrich them by empowering their families. For 20 years, we’ve been part of an Earned Income Tax Credit collaborative that provides tax assistance to families that are trying to make ends meet. They are working hard and that $25 or $50 extra a month could mean another bag of groceries or school supplies.

“These 10 laptops help us come into the modern era to work with more families go where people live. Last year, we reached 1,000 families, and this year, we expect to reach many hundreds more.”

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Student-Run Community Town Hall Featured on KPBS

By Robert Hall, Media Specialist at SAY San Diego North City Prevention Coalition

Student projects took center stage at a Town Hall meeting at Clairemont High, focusing on how different substances affect the person using them and the community at large. “From Sugar to Heroin – Substance Use in Our Community” was a fall semester project at the school’s Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. The students’ findings were expressed with graphics displayed at the January 11th Town Hall.

The Town Hall also featured a panel discussion about substance abuse. Panelists included law enforcement, a prosecutor, and treatment professionals. SAY San Diego’s William Perno talked with students about synthetic drugs like bath salts, spice, and fentanyl. He was also featured in a KPBS News story about the event.

SAY’s Mary Badiner also appeared in the KPBS story, talking with students about smoking issues ranging from secondhand smoke to California’s new marijuana laws.  Badiner works on the San Diego Smoke-Free Project.

Students from Kearny High’s School of Digital Media & Design worked with the Clairemont students to produce the displays and graphics used at the Town Hall.

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Outdoor Advocates in San Diego Magazine

SAY San Diego’s Outdoor Advocates program was recently mentioned in San Diego Magazine, in conjunction with The San Diego Foundation’s larger Opening the Outdoors initiative.

In partnership with the AjA Project, Healthy Planet USA, and with generous funding from The San Diego Foundation, SAY’s Outdoor Advocates empowers youth to address problems in their community through photography and storytelling. Students from Mid-City and Southeastern San Diego use photography to raise awareness and find solutions to create clean, safe outdoor environments.

San Diego Magazine Article


PricewaterhouseCoopers Hosts Golf for San Diego Charity


Contact: Suzie Colby, Vice President of Resource Development, SAY San Diego
(858) 715-2412 desk, (858) 752-1081 mobile,


SAY San Diego named Golf Tournament Beneficiary

ESCONDIDO, CA (June 28, 2017) – On Friday, August 18, 2017, the San Diego office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (“PwC”) will host its 2nd annual charity golf tournament at

The Vineyard at Escondido, CA. The 4-man scramble tournament will begin at 8:30 am with a shotgun start. The registration fee includes a breakfast burrito and coffee, range balls, golf, shared cart, course contests, two drink coupons, and a BBQ lunch buffet. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a general raffle to win some great prizes donated by San Diego businesses and PwC.

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Youth Leadership and Community Service Opportunities this Summer

SAY San Diego has two youth leadership groups, for ages 12-18 years, operating year-round, which would happily welcome new members this summer! Advocates for Change Today (ACT) provides youth with the opportunity to create a healthier, drug-free community in Mid-City.  Project Aware is working with SAY San Diego to empower youth leadership for positive community change in Southeastern San Diego.



For more inforation contact:

ACT Recruitment Flyer

Email Mary Baum  or call 619-283-9624 x267

Project Aware Recruitment Flyer

Email Reggie Washington or call 760-828-7002



Growing Problem: Teens turn to flower seeds to score dangerous high

By Richard Allyn, Reporter

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – It’s a growing problem throughout parts of the nation – teens turning to common plant seeds as a type of party drug to score a cheap but risky high.

Authorities throughout the country and even Canada are warning that teens are using easily accessible plant seeds, including Blue Morning Glory, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, Yellow Jasmine, Foxwood, Oleander and others, to get an inexpensive high – but one that could be costly to the user’s health. Teens are ingesting the seeds by either swallowing them whole or crushing them to produce a tea…

Former San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy William Perno now works as a drug prevention specialist for the non-profit SAY San Diego.

“What parents need to know is that the landscape has completely changed from when they were teens themselves. What I would say to parents is to have that conversation with your child,” said Perno.

“Death does not discriminate. Death does not care what age you are, what gender, what race. You make that wrong choice – it can be fatal,” he said.

For more information on local drug prevention resources, visit the San Diego Drug Prevention Resources website.

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SAY San Diego Announces its Annual Fundraiser­, Play 4 SAY!


Contact: Jessica Gonzales, Communications Manager
(858) 715-2484 desk, (619) 665-1894 mobile,

“Get in the Game” for Kids and Families!

SAN DIEGO, Liberty Station (May 22, 2017) – A leading youth, family, and community strengthening nonprofit, SAY San Diego officially announces its summer date for its 5th annual lawn games fundraiser, Play 4 SAY! It’s fun that directly supports kids and families!

On Thursday, July 27, from 5–7:30 p.m., Play 4 SAY will bring business professionals and community leaders together for an evening of grown-up, lawn game fun at Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, emceed by media sponsor 10 News. Approximately 70 teams of three people will compete in rounds of popular lawn games including bocce ball, cornhole, and ladder golf provided by game sponsor The evening will end with finalists vying for first place through a friendly giant tumble tower playoff. Players and non-playing guests alike are invited to enjoy an array of tasty refreshments, compliments of local restaurants and vendors. More than 20 auction packages offer even more ways to win.

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How Parents Can Prevent Underage Drinking

By Robert Hall
Media Specialist at SAY San Diego North City Prevention Coalition

Emily Corrow, Natalie English and MADD’s Cristi Walker talking about underage drinking prevention on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego

Thanks to KUSI TV, SAY San Diego Elevated gave thousands of San Diego parents a nudge to talk to their kids about alcohol.

“When we shout and we slam our doors and blast loud music it sounds like we don’t listen, but we do,” student Emily Corrow told KUSI’S Lisa Remillard. “Parents are a big influence on our lives.”

“Three out of four teens do listen to their parents when it comes to talking about alcohol,” explained fellow teen Natalie English. “For my parents, it was really important that I knew the consequences and what could happen in my life if I didn’t listen to them.”

Corrow and English are members of SAY San Diego Elevated at Serra High School. They appeared on KUSI’s “Good Morning San Diego” along with Cristi Walker from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  The interview on April 21 was the culmination of MADD San Diego’s Powertalk 21 campaign.

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Celebrate Earth Day by Opening the Outdoors

Thank you to the San Diego Foundation for choosing SAY San Diego as one of its Opening the Outdoors Program grantees! This year, 31 nonprofits, including SAY San Diego, will collaborate to leave a lasting impact in the region by:

  • Engaging more than 10,000 youth
  • Working alongside more than 2,000 volunteers
  • Improving 5,000 acres of natural space
  • Installing 2,000 native plants across the region
  • Building and enhancing 7 miles of trail systems

“SAY San Diego will provide unique experiences for underserved youth in central and southeast San Diego by connecting the environment with the arts. Students will become outdoor advocates and learn how to use photography to document and raise awareness about the importance of topics, such as conservation and environmental justice. The project will culminate in a community-wide exhibition where 100 students will present their visual findings to local leaders and promote civic engagement of environmental challenges.”

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