SAY San Diego’s mission is to partner with youth, adults, families, and communities to reach their full potential. Our vision is opportunity, equity and well-being for all San Diegans.
Message from Our CEO and Board President
2018-2019 was a year of significant growth and change for SAY San Diego! We leaned forward to innovate and build upon long-time efforts and to expand into new areas – all aimed at meeting unmet needs in our community. New efforts brought new partnerships, greater creativity and increasing impact, such as the following and much more:
- In-depth exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math learning (also known as STEAM) does not always reach children in under-resourced communities. This past year, SAY strengthened its STEAM curricula for all ages, built durable STEAM partnerships with San Diego schools’ extended learning programs, and won a prestigious national PwC grant and volunteer partnership to focus on STEAM where it is most needed. In recognition of SAY’s expanding efforts, we received the 2019 STEAM Hub Award from the San Diego County Office of Education!
- For several years, in partnership with the County Probation Department, SAY has provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for justice involved adults to help them to find confident footing on a new path in life. As a result, in 2018, SAY was tapped by the County District Attorney’s Office to provide similar services for a new countywide adult-focused Community Justice Initiative, designed as an alternative to further court involvement.
- Since 2014, SAY’s Bridge Fund has closed family financial gaps before they become insurmountable. This past year, in response to identified client needs, SAY increased this valuable program 5-fold with the support of private donors. This meant we could offer even more financial assistance to families struggling with poverty and potentially catastrophic unexpected challenges, including acute health issues, rent, utilities, food, childcare, baby items, educational needs, transportation, and other urgent needs.
None of SAY San Diego’s work is possible without you! Every year, we are deeply grateful to all who believe in us and who invest in our vision of a brighter future of ever-expanding opportunity, equity and well-being for all San Diego County residents. Many heartfelt thanks to our entire team of talented staff members and volunteers, the hundreds of local partner agencies we hold dear, our amazing clients and program participants, and every generous grant maker and donor.
To all of you, we offer this report of progress and hope.
Nancy Gannon Hornberger
Chief Executive Officer
LaDreda P. Lewis
"SAY San Diego is a family member to me. This is where our kids go to learn, to play, to be loved by the staff, and to have a good time. I need this program like a heartbeat. I don't know what I would do without SAY." Andrea, military spouse with 2 kids in SAY's PrimeTime program
"I'm a grandmother raising my seven-year-old granddaughter and I had to relearn everything. SAY San Diego gives you the support and tools you need. It wasn't what I expected... it was so much better" - Dannette, Project KEEP program participant
"I was connected to SAY San Diego through Project AWARE. SAY helped me realize that gangs and drugs are not the only path. I was able to better my life and became the first person in my family to graduate high school." - Austin, program participant
"We recently had our first child, and becoming parents made us realize more than ever how important SAY San Diego is to the community. SAY has so many programs to help children and families, but I especially love their commitment to early childhood learning for all."
-SAY donor and volunteer
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There are many ways to invest in SAY including legacy giving, donations of stock, corporate and individual giving, tribute gifts, employer match, grants, and our annual event. For more information, please contact Suzie Colby, Vice President of Resource Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.