NEW YORK, NY, JUNE 2 – George Weiss, the founder and chairman of Say Yes to Education, was honored last night by the National Museum of American Jewish History at its “Only in America” Gala held in New York City.

The museum, which is located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia and seeks to “bring to life the 350-year history of Jews in America,’’ honored Weiss as part of a “group of leading philanthropists who are working today to level the educational playing field.”

Weiss, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, founded Say Yes in 1987, when he promised 112 rising seventh graders at a Philadelphia public school that he would pay to send them to college if they graduated high school – and that he would also provide them academic and non-academic support services to ensure they met that goal.

In the years since, Say Yes has evolved into a national nonprofit that partners with communities around the goals of every public school student not only graduating high school – but doing so prepared to succeed in completing a college or other postsecondary degree, and with access to resources to make that education affordable.

In addition to Weiss — who is also the President of George Weiss Associates, Inc. and CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, LLC — the National Museum of American Jewish History honored Sherry Lansing, the Former Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures and Founder of Stand up to Cancer; Joseph Neubauer, the Retired Chairman of ARAMARK Corporation and Chairman of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees; and Daniel Rose, the Chairman of Rose Associates and Founder of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. At its gala, the museum also honored Julius Rosenwald, a former President and Chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Co. whose Rosenwald Fund “provided seed money to build more than 5,000 schools for African American communities.”

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About Say Yes to Education

At the heart of Say Yes is a powerful incentive for families and communities: the prospect of a college scholarship, whether to an in-state public institution or one of the more than 100 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact. Say Yes leverages these and other incentives to ensure that students have the support outside the classroom – tutoring; after-school and summer programs; medical care; counseling and legal help – to clear the path to academic achievement. Say Yes works with its community partners to bring together every local stakeholder – city and county government; the school district; parents; teachers; businesses; unions; philanthropic and faith-based organizations; colleges and universities – and arms that coalition with the tools to boost postsecondary participation and success. Those systems and structures enable the work of the local Say Yes partnership to go to scale and be sustained through predictable transitions in leadership, and historically unpredictable funding from state and local sources. The organization’s support services are available to nearly 140,000 public school students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Most are in communitywide chapters in Syracuse (a pilot that began in 2008) and Buffalo (2012), as well as Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina (2015). Say Yes, which has already begun the search for its fourth community chapter, has smaller chapters in Harlem in New York City and Philadelphia. For more information, visit http://www.SayYestoEducation.org





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