What if an entire community came together to ensure that each of its children had the opportunity - and the support - to go to college?

Say Yes and Ford Foundation Release Narrative Journalism Project

Case Study and Videos voiced by Jane Pauley tell stories of how Say Yes uses Expanded Learning TIme

Press Release:

Key Bank Announces $1 Million Gift to Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund

From The Buffalo News:

Say Yes Buffalo is proving its worth as more graduates continue their education

Our Chapters

Each student served by Say Yes has access to college or other post-secondary scholarships — as well as academic, social-emotional and other supports to break down barriers to achievement. In addition to the three community-wide chapters listed below, learn about our cohort chapter in Harlem.

Community-wide Chapters

Buffalo, NY

Founded in 2012 in New York’s second-largest city, the Say Yes Buffalo partnership provides more than 40,000 students in the city’s public and charter schools with access to college or other post-secondary scholarships.

Guilford County, NC

After a national search, Say Yes announced on Sept. 17, 2015, that it had selected Guilford County, NC — which includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point, and serves 72,000 public school students in the county school district — as the site of its third community chapter.

Syracuse, NY

The first Say Yes community-wide chapter was launched as a pilot in the upstate New York City of Syracuse in 2008. It currently provides services and scholarships to nearly 20,000 public school students and their families.

Higher Ed Partners

Say Yes students have the opportunity to receive scholarships to college and other post-secondary institutions — two-year, four-year or vocational — public or private. Funds raised locally provide “last-dollar” scholarships — after Pell Grants and other outside aid — for students to attend in-state public colleges and universities. Students may also qualify for scholarships to the 100 private institutions in Say Yes’ Higher Education Compact.

Partner With Us

Efforts like Say Yes to Education need support from civic leaders, funders, institutions of higher education and policymakers to serve more cities and counties – all in pursuit of developing the gifts and talents of young people. We believe that when a community comes together, it has the capacity to effectively and sustainably redefine expectations and to build pathways to postsecondary education and careers.

Flying our students to Say Yes Colleges & Universities


Harlem, NYC

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes? We invite you to reach out to the Say Yes National office or to a Say Yes chapter, to learn more about how you can get involved.