Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) is a movement to transform education. Founded in 2009 at UC Davis by Dr. Vajra Watson, SAYS breaks the chains of underachievement by elevating the voices of young people and creating spaces for students to become authors of their own lives and agents of change.
We support the whole classroom so that each person excels socially, culturally, emotionally and academically. We know that just as the best teaching empowers students, the best professional development empowers teachers. SAYS offers innovative professional development for staff that is culturally relevant and hands-on. Teachers gain important skills that will help them bring community-based literacies into the curriculum in critical ways.
Young people have the potential to be the authors of their own lives and agents of change. At SAYS, we activate young people to read, write, and speak about their lives through the medium of spoken word performance poetry. Through this unique process, literacy and leadership go hand-in-hand as young people pick up the mic and the pen.
SAYS engages in a wrap-around mentoring model that supports the success of the whole family. We specialize in helping adults navigate the school system, providing them with effective strategies to advocate and support the academic and lifelong health of their children.
March 13, 2018.
Explore the state of social justice with today's thought-leaders and share your ideas in shaping a more inclusive world.
October 2016- February 2017
Are you between the ages of 13-19? The SAYS Slam Season is your opportunity to get on the mic and make your voice heard!
May 04, 2018 at UC Davis
As a culminating event of the academic year, SAYS invites hundreds of young people to convene on the UC Davis campus to experience college and empowerment in a new way.