On November 2, teens from Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) took part in one of their largest community events to raise money and awareness for their program. The event was Dia de los Muertos: A Night of Community & Culture! Hundreds of families enjoyed the mariachi band, arts and crafts, altars, vendors, food, and student-led performances. Anaheim Community Foundation was proud to help celebrate with these amazing youth.

Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) engages junior high and high school-age youth in constructive activities that help them develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for their successful futures. The program uses a combination of outreach, academic support, and individualized guidance. Community-building activities are developed and implemented by over 850 teens in the program.

Why are programs like Project S.A.Y so important.? There is an extraordinary need for experiential learning opportunities the underserved teen population. The 2012-13 Anaheim Youth Services Assessment identified a gap in programs and services for teens. Project S.A.Y. not only supports teens, but inspires them to lead, get involved, and share their voice.

If you are at all inspired by these future leasers, please make a donation to help more youth participate in Project S.A.Y. Thanks in advance for your support.