Say Yes Syracuse is a landmark collaboration that brings the Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University, Say Yes to Education, Inc., the Syracuse Teachers’ Association, the Syracuse Association of Administrators and Supervisors, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the American Institutes for Research, and a diverse group of Syracuse area corporate, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations together to organize people, time, money and resources to support city students.
Syracuse is the first community to receive Say Yes city-wide supports in the United States, ensuring that all public school students can afford and succeed in college. Say Yes Syracuse combines an early incentive of college education with high quality and sustained academic, social, emotional, health, and family supports throughout the K-12 years. In-school supports include:
- Extended day and extended year programs
- Family outreach and engagement
- Social work/counseling services
- Financial aid counseling
- Referrals for high-quality health care and legal assistance
The program culminates with the promise of free tuition for all Syracuse City School District graduates who meet residency, graduation, and admission requirements into one of nearly 100 public and private higher education institutions. Say Yes also provides internship, mentoring, and networking opportunities for SCSD graduates.
The Transformation Say Yes Brought to Syracuse
“Rebuilding Communities: Education’s Central Role in Mobilizing Community Reform” chronicles the challenges and victories the Syracuse community has overcome and achieved as it worked with Say Yes, a national, nonprofit foundation that uses education to revitalize once great urban communities.