Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!)

Program Name


Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

SAYA! is a community-based organization dedicated to creating opportunities for South Asian youth to realize their fullest potential.

Program Description

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) is the nation's only secular youth development organization dedicated to South Asian youth.  Our mission is to create opportunities for South Asian youth to realize their fullest potential.  Since inception in 1996, SAYA! has brought comprehensive youth development and after-school programs to nearly 9,500 youth across New York City. Our programs are offered in over 14 sites across Queens and Brooklyn. Arise offers programs ranging from leadership development to academic support and college preparation to sports and artistic opportunities.

Resource Materials Used in Program

An in-house curriculum, developed from best practices in the youth development field, input from experts and resources from trainings, has been developed for the program. Specialty consultants are also utilized in building and facilitating our Arts, Sports, Community Organizing, and Educational Services curriculums/activities.

Groups Served by Program

Program Funding

Arise is supported by government funds, private foundations and individual donors. All programs are free of cost to our participants.

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

SAYA! is staffed by professionals who work in fields including youth development, social services, counseling, education, finance and marketing. Staff Trainings are sought by experts in the field of youth development and social services.

Program Evaluation

Program Outcomes

Staff complete a youth intake form for each participant and conduct two youth surveys per year.

Additional Comments

Partners for After School Education (PASE); Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDF); Project Reach; other collaborators vary according to the project selected by the youth participants.

Program Contact

General Inquiries

Susan Callo, Development and Special Events Manager

Program Dates

Began in 1997 and is still operating; approximately 350 students participate per year.