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South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 youth development organization for K-12 students in need of support in New York City.  Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally and personally.  While South Asian-focused, SAYA is secular, inclusive and committed to connecting youth from all backgrounds to opportunities.  Our holistic and comprehensive program model consists of academic support, college preparation, leadership and identity development, career exploration, sports activities and arts enrichment.  SAYA provides an accessible, safe and culturally affirming space for youth and offers mentorship beyond the classroom so they confidently grow into engaged community members ready for college, career and personal success. Established in 1996, SAYA has grown into a $3.9 million organization currently running programs at nine NYC public schools in Queens and Brooklyn, and at our community center in Elmhurst, Queens. We offer year-round programming that takes place during the school day, after school, on weekends and during the summer.  During the 2014-15 school year, we had over 800 participants, many of whom identify as South Asian or belong to other communities of color.  During the 2015-16 school year, over 2,000 youth benefited from our services. For more information, please visit

Bottom Line helps low-income and first-generation-to-college students get to and through college. We are committed to building strong connections with our students, providing them with individual support, and ensuring they have the guidance they need to persist and earn a college degree.

Why our services are unique

  • Students receive personalized one-on-one guidance and mentoring 

  • We support students starting senior year of high school and continue throughout college for up to six years

  • We utilize a proprietary curriculum focused on four key areas critical to college success

  • By providing long-term and personalized support in college, our students are 43 percentage points more likely to earn a degree than their peers

  • Over 80% of the three most recent cohorts of Bottom Line students earned their degree in six years or less

For more information, please visit    



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