How to Start a Center

S.A.Y. Yes! Centers for Youth Development®

A Minneapolis church helps its youth grow in their love for Jesus through Christlike mentoring.

teens at a SAY Yes Center in the inner cityIs your inner-city church interested in partnering with us to open S.A.Y. Yes! Center for Youth Development® at your church? Here’s an overview of the process of opening a center.

Opening a New Center: The Typical Process

  • Church (or ministry) expresses strong interest
  • Vision and Planning time
  • Church (or ministry), and key leadership including pastor and/or director, agrees with the Mission and Purpose Statements and Guiding Values
  • Center Director and key staff participate in local training. (Get more information about training topics, dates and locations.)
  • Preparation Phase (approximately one to two months)
  • S.A.Y. Yes!® Center opens
  • In Cru cities, on-site visits and ongoing training (on and off-site, and online)

Getting Started:

The first step in beginning a new center is to contact Jane Howe, the national director for S.A.Y. Yes!, at jane.howe@cru.org OR a S.A.Y. Yes! Center coordinator near you. Find out who they are here. Let them know of your interest.