Youth and alumni tell us why they come to SAYA! in their own words:
"I come to SAYA! for community. In high school, everyone is mean. They gossip, they turn their backs on you. At SAYA! I see people who look like me, dress like me, know about what I eat and the holidays I celebrate. I feel safe."
"I come to SAYA! for the free SAT classes."
"It’s all about the basketball! I was a real bully in school before I came to SAYA! Sports has helped me work out my anger issues."
"I'm the first in my family to go to college. At SAYA!, they helped me make a decision about college. I had no idea about where to apply or how to write a college essay. I didn’t know I was eligible for scholarships or financial aid. I attended an essay workshop and receive ongoing support on many drafts until I was ready to submit my application."
"I come to SAYA! for the 1-1 relationship with an adult mentor. At my school, none of the counselors know my name!"
"I can take pride in being brown, Muslim, South Asian and immigrant."
"SAYA! is youth-centered. Youth have a real voice in the programs."
"My parents trust SAYA!"