WE BELIEVE EVERYONE DESERVES TO HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others. We are here to change that. Our vision is a world where everyone has equal opportunity for education, employment, health, and recreation.
Sarah’s twin brother, Jacob, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. When Jacob and Sarah were young, they did everything together. That all changed when they entered the school system. Sarah had classes she loved, clubs and sports she could join, and friends. Jacob was segregated in a Special Education classroom with all students with disabilities. Each year, Jacob’s opportunities decreased as Sarah’s increased. In 7th grade, Jacob didn’t have a single friend to invite to his birthday party. By high school, Jacob regressed from a 5th grade level to a 1st grade level 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 cultivatable by providing people with opportunities 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.
WHAT WE DO
WE SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT INCLUSION
Inclusion Awareness Projects support volunteers to lead activities and events in schools and communities that share the importance of inclusion with the world.
WE EDUCATE OTHERS ON HOW TO INCLUDE
Score A Friend Week Projects support volunteers to educate their schools and communities about inclusion and friendship, inspiring them to get involved and create change.
WE CREATE INCLUSION THROUGH INNOVATION
Create Inclusion Projects support volunteers to create opportunities for inclusion and friendship within their schools and communities.
WE DEVELOP LEADERS WHO LEAD THE MOVEMENT
SAF Clubs provide students, teachers, parents, and/or community members the opportunity to network, and implement new strategies for inclusive schools and communities.