WHAT IS S.A.Y. YES?
"Mentoring Youth for Community Transformation"
S.A.Y. Yes! is a long-term, life-on-life mentoring program with a vision to see transformed youth bring transformation in their own community. There are many programs that focus on helping at-risk youth after they have fallen into addictions, gangs, and unwed pregnancy. S.A.Y. Yes! exists to walk with youth and their families from 1st grade through high school providing role-models, love and nurture, school support, and encouragement to believe in who they are becoming. We believe that what at-risk young people need above everything is to internalize their identity as children of purpose loved by Jesus Christ in the years where scars and hurts often deeply brand young people as "failures " and "worthless". This will make the difference between giving up on school and life and making a real change in community.
Though S.A.Y. Yes! provides a structured elementary and teen youth center on Tuesday - Thursday after school, it is much more than an after-school program. We are focused not just on providing a safe place for our kids after school, but rather in making a deep relational investment in their development as people. For this reason S.A.Y. Yes! is committed to achieving its purpose through fostering mentoring relationships to provide long-term, individual attention and care.
Here are some of the distinctives of S.A.Y. Yes!: