SAYM 6th Annual Golf Scramble

Do you want to have your picture taken at the 6th Annual SAYM Golf Outing?

Photographer at SAYM Golf 2015

Please make plans to register and join us on Monday June 20th for a great day of food, fun, fellowship, and fundraising….and also some foto’s. This Golf Outing is our only formal fundraiser of the year and typically generates revenue to support one fourth of our annual budget. Therefore, the success of this outing is tremendously important to our ministry impact.

We will have $10,000 in prizes and raffle and Silent Auction items again this year. And we are especially proud to announce that Tray Wooden, will serve as Golf Committee Co-Chairman. Why is that important? Tray has invested three years into SAYM as a mentee, where his academic performance earned Tray the maximum $100 per quarter for straight A’s most quarter’s. Tray successfully completed our Youth Employment Program, and with his work experience and training, Tray was able to then secure full time-part time work in the private sector. Tray graduated from Garfield High School and is a freshman at the University of Akron, and Tray is helping SAYM mentor our boys on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Please consider putting together a foursome to play in this year’s outing, consider a sponsorship, consider donating a raffle prize, or maybe you may know a person or business owner who could provide a sponsorship? All sponsorship’s and prize donations are tax deductible and the net proceeds from golfing in the outing are tax deductible as well.

We have been promised a beautiful, sunny day and we look forward to seeing you on the 20th of June!


SAYM Hires Girls High School Leader

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SAYM is proud to announce Ms. Deanna Norflee has joined our staff as Girls High School Director. Who is Miss Dee?

Dee grew up in the Dayton area before attending Akron in a track and field scholarship, during which time her relay team and the track team won a Mac championship. Dee earned her B.S. degree in Communications and Public Relations and furthered her education with a Master Degree in Sports Science Coaching. Dee works in Akron, and is the assistant boys basketball coach at Buchtel High School and is the sprint coach for Ellet High School track team. Dee also coaches the 9th grade Lady James Shooting Stars AAU team. Miss Dee is a mature believer who is a member of Zion Temple Baptist Church in the Joy Park neighborhood where we serve. Dee will spend with our girls at their schools during the school day and will work with Mr. Vince, our Boys High School Director to develop relationships with teachers and staff at these schools. The relationships we build with the school and the students are an integral part of our program; for we believe that Mentoring(relationships) and Education are the keys to breaking the generational poverty mindset and initiating a momentum of hope.

Pictured above is Miss Dee with some of her girls taking them to McDonald’s and then to see the Akron Zips men play basketball. Notice how the girls enjoy themselves. Also notice how texting and social media updates are critical to the lives of the young, and Miss Dee gets it and can relate! Miss Dee is already having a tremendous impact on the lives of these girls, but stay tuned for future blogs to communicate the progress and success of the high school girls program.


Praising Through The Pain

Renee Matthews was in the prime of her life at 40 years of age when she died a week ago, leaving behind 4 children, 3 of whom are active in SAYM. Pictured above is Renee's daughter 8 year old Zarria singing a duet as a tribute to her Mother and to … [Continue reading]

SAYM Boys “Enjoy” Browns Loss


SAYM was called into being by God to serve the children and students in East Akron; to come along side these precious young people; to develop relationships which would allow love, acceptance, teaching, and guidance to instill values and a … [Continue reading]

SAYM Girls Enjoy Summer “Field Trips”


The children are back in school and SAYM leaders are back in full swing mentoring our girls during the school year. Why just during the school year? Why not year round as we do maintaining our mentoring program with our boys all year?  I am thankful … [Continue reading]

SAYM High School Boys Give Back

East Akron Parade clean up

The East Akron community has a proud tradition of organizing a Labor Day parade and this year was no different. The various churches, youth organizations, and community leaders, including Mayoral candidates Eddie Sipplen and Daniel Horrigan gathered … [Continue reading]

Northern Ohio Golf Charities Grant Provides 4th SAYM Van


Thanks be to God for His wonderful provision. SAYM has experienced blessed growth in attendance for our mentoring programs which dictated we pursue a fourth van. SAYM Board President Michael Robinson was selected to participate in Leadership Akron's … [Continue reading]

Board Bullets

* $50,000 individual donation offers new opportunities for SAYM to expand. * We reviewed the 3 year vision statement that is being developed. * Our second year of the Youth Employment program starts in September with the first training session on … [Continue reading]

High School Girls Earn Money For Scholastic Excellence

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SAYM believes the chains of generational poverty may be broken with the building of trusted relationships, and with instilling an appreciation of investing in oneself by gaining a quality education. SAYM mentoring programs are designed to … [Continue reading]

Thank You – Funding Sponsors

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