02 October 2019

SAY Connects Returns!

Posted in Health & Safety

We are moving to a digital format.

Starting in November, you will find new issues of SAY Connects right here, on the SAY website. After a year of sharing our "Cradle to Career" work and engaging with members of the Oak Park and River Forest commuities, we believe it is beneficial to continue the dialog.  There are so many new and exciting things happening -- some we are involved with, others that we are learning about. We hope that continuing to share collective knowledge and efforts will strengthen our communities and help our young people succeed. 

You can still find all of the print editions of SAY Connects in the website library. 

Photo courtesy of “America to Me” - STARZ

02 October 2018

In Response to "America to Me"

Posted in Social & Emotional Learning, Health & Safety, Cognitive & Academic Peformance

A Guide to Equity Resources in Oak Park & River Forest

Equity for all children in our community is the cornerstone of SAY’s mission to empower every young person to reach their full potential.

This fall, as families were preparing for the first day of school, the equity discussion was pushed front and center when the first episode of “America to Me” aired. Filmed at Oak Park – River Forest High School over the 2015-16 school year, the documentary focuses on “the effects of race and privilege on education as seen through the eyes of young Americans on the precipice of adulthood.”


Together We Can Reduce Underage Drinking

21 November 2017

Together We Can Reduce Underage Drinking

Posted in Health & Safety

By Kelly O'Connor & Aimee Bates Oak Park - River Forest Workgroup for Positive Youth Development

Our community has an underage drinking problem.

Since 2010, in surveys of 8th to 12th graders in Oak Park and River Forest, our local youth have reported attitudes toward—and activity involving—drinking alcohol that consistently and significantly exceeds the state average.

An overly permissive attitude among adults—who either provide access to alcohol, or turn a blind eye to it—is clearly part of the problem, according to Illinois Youth Survey results as well as focus group feedback that we have gathered the past few months.

Belonging in the Community: Neighbors Knowing Neighbors

22 September 2017

Belonging in the Community: Neighbors Knowing Neighbors

Written by Linda Francis, Posted in Social & Emotional Learning

At Success of All Youth (SAY), belonging is the cornerstone of our collective efforts to empower young people to reach their full potential.

Children with a strong sense of belonging in their families, schools and community develop the emotional strength and self-efficacy that helps them cope with challenges and obstacles. Research indicates a sense of belonging has a profound effect on emotions, social skills, relationships, behavior and cognition – all of SAY’s other indicators of well-being.

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