In June 1991, the third chapter of Say Yes to Education was established in Cambridge, MA when Lesley University entered into a partnership with Say Yes to Education and the Cambridge public school district.
With the support of eight local sponsors who believed in the capacity of young people to mature and flourish when offered the right opportunity, the program began with 69 3rd grade students at Harrington Elementary School. These students participated in a host of innovative academic and social support programs that are at the heart of the Say Yes strategy. As the students progressed through high school, Say Yes staff continued to work with school staff, administrators, and guidance counselors to provide resources, as well as to support programming and expand student services. Special emphasis was placed on enhancing students' future college acceptance rates, including providing services such as SAT courses and creating detailed inventories of each student's different academic and career interests.
On June 20, 2001, the Cambridge Chapter sponsored its 10-year reunion in conjunction with the high school graduation of its students. All Say Yes students in Massachusetts, as well as from several other states, were invited to Cambridge for the festivities. Students and family members attended the event, some traveling from as far away as California. Also present were George Weiss, Margaret McKenna (Lesley University President), the eight local sponsors of the Cambridge Chapter, Mayor Anthony Galluccio (in company with other Cambridge dignitaries), representatives from the Cambridge Public School system, and local and national press.
The collaboration with Lesley University provided the Say Yes students with access to varied human and institutional resources available through the University's broad spectrum of programs. Included were graduate and undergraduate student services for tutoring and counseling, academic resources, and special events. Now, some alumni from this chapter have returned to Cambridge and are giving back to the community.