News & Events
SaySo News - Click any of the NEWS items listed to the right for more information.
- NC Pediatric Society to Develop a Health Plan for Children in Foster Care in North Carolina
- *UPDATE*-Make A Difference Day
- NCDOA News Release Summer Internships with NC State Government
- New Law! Foster youths MUST get credit reports!
- New local Chapter Started in Brunswick County
- SaySo youth chosen to work NC House of Representatives
SaySo Events are all year long so you are bound to find something you want to do!
Events are sponsored by the NCLINKS program and are FREE unless otherwise indicated.
Scroll through the list of EVENTS below for program descriptions. If an event is open for registration, click "register" to be taken to the registration page.
Youths who are eligible to be a SaySo members are encouraged to attend.
Adults are also encouraged to attend with the young people they support and to learn from others. All registered adults are expected to participate fully and be positive role models to the youth participants.
Note: If you have created a profile, the registration page will automatically insert your information. Please review it for changes.
Annual Events (SaySo holds these events Every Year!)
SaySo Saturday: This is SaySo's annual membership conference as well as SaySo's birthday party and alumni reunion). It is always held the first Saturday of March. The day is full of workshops, opportunties to meet new people and share ideas. We also draw names for birthday gifts (door prizes) and have regional meetings so the next Youth Board of Directors can be elected. The next SaySo Saturday will be March 2, 2013 at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown. Registration will be available after January 1, 2013.
It’s My Transition: This one-day seminar is for older youths (16+ years of age). Three seminars are held annually across North Carolina. Each seminar will focus on two of the seven LINKS outcomes. REGISTER
LINK-Up Youth Conference: This one-day life skills conference is for youths ages 13 - 16. Workshops and O-LINK-Pic games are facilitated by the SaySo Board of Directors and Adult Supporters. Two conferences are held annually - usually one in January and one in August.
SaySo Page Week: One week during the legislative session is open for SaySo members to serve as legislative pages in the NC Senate, NC House, and Governor's Offices. This week normally occurs in the early or late spring depending on the needs of the session. This is a selective program and interested SaySo members need to begin the application process in November. All applicants must be in high school and in good standing -remember you will miss a week of school but are expected to complete your school assignments. Selected youths will live in Raleigh in Host Homes who have been screened and instructed by the SaySo program. Pages will be paid according to the respective Page Programs. SaySo will pay the Host Homes. Interested youths should call the SaySo office (800-820-0001) or send an email (email@example.com). See more
SaySo Survivor: Weekend leadership retreat for SaySo members to explore their resiliencies and move from surviving to thriving. See more and register.
SaySo Community-wide Events (community citizens are encouraged to participate)
SaySo's Make A Difference Day: Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, this largest national day of service is sponsored by USA Today and the Newman Foundation. Traditionally, SaySo collects duffle bags to distribute to foster youths of all ages around the state. This action has prevented many young people from carrying their possessions in trash bags. Can you imagine the humiliation of carrying your belongings into a college dorm in a trash bag? Of having that bag break and your personal items fall to the ground. This day of service provides a simple way for anyone in the community to assist this fragile population. In addition to service, SaySo coordinators a Youth Mentor Day for professionals in the community to facilitate workshops with teens on topics related to everyday life.
Events only for elected Board Members and their Adult Supporters
SaySo Board of Directors Orientation: Three-day mandatory team building orientation for newly elected and returning Board members and their adult supporters.
SaySo Board Meetings: All BOD members, Adult Advisors, and Adult Supporters to the BOD should register to confirm their attendance. REGISTER
1. June 18- 20, 2013: BOD Orientation, Pinehurst (Moore County)
2. September 2013: date to be determined (Durham County)
3. December 2013 date to be determined (Durham County)
4. March 1-2, 2014: Connected with SaySo Saturday "SaySo's 16th Birthday", Jamestown (Guilford County)