The mission of SAA is to build character, instill a positive sense of self, and provide tangible life skills through a creative curriculum of arts exploration, academic reinforcement, and emotional learning. SAA provides a safe, stable environment where students practice respect for self and others, exercise appropriate interactions with peers and adults, discover new skills and talents, and develop tools that will allow them to achieve greater success in school and beyond.


Here are some of the wonderful things our girls and constituents say…


      “My daughters, Mahogany and Sienna recently started.  I have seen an improvement in their behavior already.  I see them sharing with each other more often at home.  The volunteers at SAA help my daughters with their homework and they do arts and crafts.  Every time they come home from SAA, they are excited to tell me what they did that day.  I’m so grateful that my girls are able to attend this program.  I really enjoy seeing and hearing about the activities they do. Mondays and Wednesdays are always something to look forward to for Mahogany and Sienna.”  

– Lavender Greene, Parent. 


      “I have been involved with SAA as curriculum coordinator since we opened our doors five years ago. We witness the girls discover their own creativity, gain confidence in their academic endeavors and most important leave our program with confidence and renewed self esteem.  But as volunteers we receive the greatest gifts.”

- Suzy W., Volunteer


“I feel more than loved, this is my home.”

- Shania W., Student


“They get to do things besides school work, like go to plays and museums.”

- Jesse D., Parent


“They’ve said it’s like another home, and that means a lot to them.”

- Katie S., Teacher 


“I love snack time and we get to try new foods”

- Cheyenne


“My favorite thing is activities.  Sometimes we paint and we write stories.”

- Arianna


“I get to make new friends and I like to weave on my loom.”

- Mahogany


“My favorite was being Rosa Parks in the play.”

- Nyla


“My favorite thing is activities like painting pumpkins and writing poems.”

- Jaida


“I like doing my homework here because I get help.”

- Joannie


“I like homework and activities.  We made a Halloween poem.”

- Jocelyn


“Doing my homework because I get better and better at school.”

- Rhianna


“I love SAA.  I love everything.”

- Salma