SAY - Social Advocates for Youth
is a prevention and early intervention program that was developed for students in middle and high school. It is also a coaltion of community representatives working to strengthen families, youth and their communities in order to:
- Help prevent and reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs, and
- Reduce the incidence of social and behavioral health problems such as teen violence, depression and suicide.
SAY services also provide support to teens and their families who are experiencing difficulties with the inherent tensions of adolescence. Services are built upon evidence-based principles of prevention. SAY is a grant-funded program and there is no cost to teens and their families in the identified communities.
SAY School-based Program
SAY provides prevention and early intervention services for high school students in the following school districts: Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights - University Heights, Mayfield, Orange, Shaker Heights, Solon and South Euclid - Lyndhurst. Bellefaire JCB SAY master’s level social workers and counselors are located in the schools where accessibility to students is the greatest.
The SAY Coalition reaches beyond the schools and into the communities to support existing prevention programs and new initiatives that aid in strengthening families and youth. The Coalition consists of schools, parents, youth, health professionals, law enforcement, those working in the judicial system, business professionals, elected officials, and religious and community leaders. SAY Coalition offers the programs listed below.
- Student Leadership Council
- Summer Leadership Institute
- Parent Committee
- Collaborative Group
Download the SAY - Social Advocates for Youth brochure.