Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) provides services to homeless, abused, and runaway kids and their families via comprehensive housing, counseling, and career services.  A recent Homeless Census reports that 40% of the 678 homeless youth in Sonoma County identify as LGBTQI.  By creating safe spaces and trusting relationships, SAY provides our homeless and disconnected LGBTQI youth with a pathway to increased self-worth, validation, and self-sufficiency.

2016 Grant Awarded: $7,500

Grant Request
Using place-based outreach and interventions, the SAY Street Outreach Team, in partnership with VOICES, Positive Images, and Face to Face, will expand, integrate, and coordinate services for LGBTQI and gender-expansive youth in Sonoma County by connecting them with housing, harm reduction, and other services that promote safety, well-being, and community.

Alignment with the LGBTQI Giving Circle Purposes
LGBTQI Youth and Community Building. The goal of this project is to expand, integrate, and coordinate services for LGBTQI and gender-expansive youth in Sonoma County by connecting them with housing, harm reduction, and other services that promote safety, well-being, and community. Building on 2015- 2016 LGBTQI Giving Circle funding, outreach will continue in central, west, north, and south Sonoma County. With 2016-2017 funding we will expand outreach to the more disenfranchised and at-risk members of Sonoma County in “The Springs” (Fetters and Agua Caliente) areas, focus outreach in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa, and to individuals whose primary language is other than English.

Track Record
Since 1971, SAY has provided services to homeless, abused, and runaway kids and their families via comprehensive housing, counseling, and career services. Last year SAY served more than 4,700 youth; 682 youth were served in our housing programs; 2,721 youth received counseling services; 225 were employed. VOICES has been serving Sonoma County youth since 2004 with wellness, employment and education, independent living, and housing assistance. Positive Images opened their doors in 1990 and have been serving LGBTQI youth and young adults via counseling, education, mentorship, and outreach. Since 1983, Face to Face has addressed the ever-changing challenges presented by the HIV epidemic in Sonoma County.

Website: Social Advocates for Youth


2015 Grant Awarded: $10,000