South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 organization for youth ranging in age from kindergarteners to college students. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and to provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. We are committed to connecting youth from

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 organization for youth ranging in age from kindergarteners to college students. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and to provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. We are committed to connecting youth from all backgrounds to opportunities. Established in 1996, SAYA has grown into a $3.8 million organization currently running programs at nine New York City schools, as well as our community center in Queens. We offer year-round holistic, comprehensive, and free programming to over 1,400 youth each year.

About the Organization:

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 organization for youth ranging in age from kindergarteners to college students. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and to provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. We are committed to connecting youth from all backgrounds to opportunities. Established in 1996, SAYA has grown into a $3.8 million organization currently running programs at nine New York City schools, as well as our community center in Queens. We offer year-round holistic, comprehensive, and free programming to over 1,400 youth each year.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

Our program spaces, including the gymnasium, classrooms, and youth lounge, are in need of upgrades such as new flooring and furniture. SAYA is requesting $100,000 in capital funding to make necessary renovations to our Elmhurst-based community center, which houses our high school and college programming, as well as our administrative offices. Since 1996, we have provided a variety of year-round services in this space, with minimal improvements made during that time. Each year, approximately 350 youth attend programs at our center - a number which continues to grow year over year. In completing these renovations we will be able to provide a more positive overall experience to our youth and staff, boosting morale and improving their experience for years to come.

The Solution:

SAYA will first repair the floors and replace the two hoops in our gymnasium and basketball court. We will also purchase a divider to allow us to operate multiple programs in the space. In addition, we will secure new furniture and technology to improve and modernize our current youth lounge and multipurpose classrooms. We plan to continue providing a hybrid model of virtual and in-person programming, to increase the number of youth we are able to serve and to extend our geographic reach to those who are unable to travel to our center. We will add the necessary technology and design updates to our space to make this possible. Our center provides a safe space where youth can openly discuss subjects without fear of judgement. For so many we work with, it is a home away from home, and often the only space of this kind available to them.

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