The vision of Score A Friend is to create everyday opportunities for youth of all abilities to thrive, lead and succeed – together – at school and in their communities.
Our 13 year old founder didn’t intend to become an inclusion activist when she created SAF as a Girl Scout Gold Award Project; she wanted her twin brother, who has an autism spectrum disorder, to have the same opportunities she enjoyed as a teenager. She began a mission to ensure her brother – and youth of all abilities – could build friendships and experience authentic inclusion. By 2015, SAF emerged confidently to build inclusive schools and communities across the United States. Its model fosters youth, parents, and community members to lead SAF Inclusion Clubs in schools and communities. With each club activated, Score A Friend moves closer to creating a more inclusive world.
Sarah Greichen, 19, is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Score A Friend. The Denver, Colorado native created the organization at age 13 to help her twin brother, who has an autism spectrum disorder, find a friend. A Girl Scout since 2005, 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 serves on Special Olympics Colorado's Youth Activation Committee, Rose Community Foundation Innovate for Good Grant Review Committee, and volunteers annually at Adams Camp. Greichen is featured in the Pass It On campaign alongside rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, Girls Education Activist Malala Yousafzai, and Singer-Song Writer Grace Vanderwaal showcasing the values of inclusion, confidence, and women empowerment. She is a sophomore at Colorado State University, majoring in Corporate Finance and Marketing, and minoring in Entrepreneurship.
Respect – We help youth develop self-respect by recognizing and reinforcing their intrinsic worth. We help youth develop respect for others by fostering opportunities for positive interactions with their peers.
Kindness – We believe that being kind is a teachable habit cultivable by providing youth with forums to develop compassion for their peers and themselves.
Acceptance – Youth can be taught to embrace one another – and the differences that make all people unique – 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 youth who are willing to help create a world where everyone can flourish.