WE BELIEVE EVERYONE DESERVES TO HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
The vision of Score A Friend is to create everyday opportunities for people of all abilities to thrive, lead, and succeed together.
Sarah’s twin brother, Jacob, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. When Jacob and Sarah were little, they did everything together. That all changed when they entered the school system. Sarah began school and had classes she loved, clubs and sports she could join, and friends. Jacob entered Special Education where from 6th grade to the end of high school, he was in a segregated classroom in the basement of their school with only students with disabilities. By 7th grade he didn’t have a single friend to invite to their birthday party. By high school, Jacob regressed from a 5th grade level to 1st grade and stopped talking completely. At age 13, Sarah decided enough was enough and that was when Score A Friend was born.
Sarah Greichen is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Score A Friend. The Denver, Colorado native created the organization to help her twin brother, who has an autism spectrum disorder, find a friend. Greichen was awarded the National Young Woman of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of the USA and the 2016 Outstanding Youth Award for National Philanthropy Day in Colorado. She was a speaker at the PEAK Parent Center Conference on Inclusive Education and the Colorado Social and Emotional Learning Forum. Greichen is featured in the Pass It On campaign alongside rock band NEEDTOBREATHE showcasing the value of inclusion. She is a sophomore at Colorado State University.
Respect – We help people develop self-respect by recognizing and reinforcing their intrinsic worth. We help individuals develop respect for others by fostering opportunities for positive interactions.
Kindness – We believe that being kind is a teachable habit cultivable by providing people with forums to develop compassion for their peers and themselves.
Acceptance – Individuals can be taught to embrace one another by giving them everyday opportunities to build a community based on camaraderie.
Courage – We stand up to the fears that arbitrarily separate us and celebrate people who are willing to help create a world where everyone can flourish.
Service Leadership – We help people become innovative leaders who create positive change in the world.