South Asian Youth Action
South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a
501(c)3 youth development organization for K-12 students in need of support in
New York City. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and provide
them with tools to thrive academically, professionally and personally. While South Asian-focused, SAYA is
secular, inclusive and committed to connecting youth from all backgrounds to
opportunities. Our holistic and
comprehensive program model consists of academic support, college preparation,
leadership and identity development, career exploration, sports activities and
arts enrichment. SAYA provides an
accessible, safe and culturally affirming space for youth and offers mentorship
beyond the classroom so they confidently grow into engaged community members
ready for college, career and personal success.
Established in 1996, SAYA has grown into a $3.88 million organization currently running programs at nine NYC public schools in Queens and Brooklyn, and at our community center in Elmhurst, Queens. We offer year-round programming that takes place during the school day, after school, on weekends and during the summer. During the 2014-15 school year, we had over 800 participants, many of whom identify as South Asian or belong to other communities of color. During the 2015-16 school year, over 2,000 youth have benefited from our services.