SAYS Theory of Change
SAYS utilizes an innovative partnership model between teachers, after-school providers, and trained poet-mentor educators to facilitate student-centered learning. The theory underlying this approach is that when students are encouraged to write from their personal experience their literary practice and products can be used as a bridge to facilitate academic and more traditional formal writing styles and concepts. There is widespread evidence of disengagement and alienation among many low-achieving students in Sacramento Area schools. Data obtained from several of the schools where SAYS has been implemented shows that when students become more confident and comfortable with this form of writing their academic performance in writing and other subject areas improves significantly.
SAYS in Your School
SAYS services support the improvement of schools through teacher professional development, classroom instruction, and after-school programming. At the core of our model is a commitment to equity—SAYS utilizes evidence-based best practices to narrow the achievement gap.
Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate
The Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) Youth Poet Laureate Program will provide a platform that promotes youth voice, civic engagement, political literacy and community building. Through this endeavor, we aim to push the literary arts and poetry aesthetic to include young people's voices, ideas, beliefs and their values that are significantly under-represented and marginalized.