After creating cohort chapters in Philadelphia; Cambridge, MA; Hartford, CT and Harlem, Say Yes began to offer its services to every public high school student across communities. The first Say Yes community-wide chapters were in the New York cities of Syracuse (since 2008) and Buffalo (2012).

Where we work

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), Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina (2015) and Cleveland (2019).

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.

Cleveland, OH

By leveraging the ongoing success of the Cleveland Plan, the region’s strong history of collaboration, committed public sector leaders, and an organized and robust philanthropic and nonprofit sector, Cleveland committed to bringing Say Yes to Cleveland. After work by over 100 community representatives over 18 months, Say Yes Cleveland launched in January 2019.

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.

Cohort Chapters

Philadelphia, PA

Between 1987 and 2000, Say Yes founded three cohort chapters in Philadelphia. Many of those in the most recent cohort have recently graduated from college.

Hartford, CT

Say Yes National has a relationship with a small, public International Baccalaureate school in Hartford, CT: Global Communications Academy. Its first class graduated high school in Spring 2016.

NYC Harlem

The New York City Harlem Chapter launched in 2004 with more than 300 students at five elementary schools. Most Harlem cohort students graduated high school in 2017 and are currently college sophomores.

Legacy Chapters

Among the earliest Say Yes Cohort Chapters were two in Philadelphia (the Belmont Program, 1987; Jane & Robert Toll, 1990) one in Hartford (1990) and one in Cambridge (1990).


Syracuse, NY

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.