What if an entire community came together to ensure that each of its children had the opportunity — and the support — to go to college? That is the bold promise of Say Yes to Education.
Ahmeed Turner, “a native Syracusan” who was named Executive Director of Say Yes Syracuse earlier this fall, is profiled today on Syracuse.com, the website of the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper.
Say Yes is a nonprofit that galvanizes cities around the goals of every public school student not only graduating high school — but doing so with the support to attain, afford and complete a postsecondary education. At the heart of Say Yes is a powerful incentive: the prospect of a college scholarship, whether to a state institution or more than 100 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact. Say Yes leverages these and other incentives to bring together every stakeholder — city and county government; school district; parents; teachers; businesses; unions; philanthropic and faith-based organizations; colleges and universities — and arm them with tools to boost postsecondary participation and success.
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More than 130,000 public school students, in kindergarten through grade 12, currently have access to Say Yes support services and scholarships
The number of students graduating high school in Buffalo, New York, since the launch of the Say Yes Buffalo, has increased by 15 percentage points, to 64%
Every dollar invested by Say Yes in its Buffalo community partnership has leveraged an average of $15.11 in external investments
Say Yes to Education was founded in 1987. For its first two decades, Say Yes provided scholarships and support services to cohorts of 50 to 300 children each in chapters in Philadelphia; Cambridge, MA; Hartford, CT and Harlem in New York City. Armed with the lessons learned during that experience, Say Yes began piloting its community-wide strategy in 2008 in the upstate New York city of Syracuse. It has since established community-wide chapters in Buffalo (2012), and Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina (2015). It is currently screening cities seeking to become the site of its fourth community-wide chapter.
Say Yes is celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout 2017. The celebration began on March 9 with a Gala in New York City that honored our Founder and Chairman, George Weiss, and Neil Goldberg, President and CEO of Raymour & Flanigan.
A partnership of Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance, the Weiss Institute will expand the capacity of communities to help all young people earn a college degree or other postsecondary credential.
Hear and learn about her journey from the halls of City Honors School Class of 2014 in Buffalo to the halls of Syracuse University.
What if every student who graduated from a city’s public high schools were guaranteed the money needed to go to college?
Guilford County is winding up to deliver a huge push for education. Call it Say Yes.
This story appears in the December 14, 2014 issue of Forbes. In its current issue — which is devoted…
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