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Say Yes to Education 

The Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund is housed at the Central New York Community Foundation to ensure that the promise of education continues for Syracuse City School District (SCSD) students into perpetuity. In addition to the Endowment Fund, the Say Yes to Education STEM Fund, established by a cohort of local engineering and technology firms, supports SCSD students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. Furthermore, a number of local scholarship fundholders have updated their criteria to support this program, signifying the lasting effects it will have on our community’s future.

The Community Foundation, Syracuse University, Say Yes to Education, Inc., the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the Syracuse Teachers Association, several community-based organizations, local businesses and the Syracuse City School District call upon the public to help the program reach its fullest potential by contributing to the Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund.

To learn more about Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, visit the Say Yes Syracuse website.

Say Yes to Education Syracuse

Say Yes to Education Syracuse brings together Syracuse University, Say Yes to Education, Inc., the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the Syracuse Teachers Association, multiple community-based organizations, the Syracuse City School District and various local businesses and foundations in a unique partnership to provide academic, social/emotional, health and wellness, and financial assistance to economically disadvantaged youth in Syracuse. The program is intended to provide students with the vision of college from an early age, supporting them in reaching this goal and following through on this promise by making college financially accessible.

This particular initiative is unique because it is the first Say Yes chapter to embrace an entire city school district, making it the largest school improvement program of its kind in the nation. The cornerstone of the Say Yes to Education program is the commitment of college scholarships for every eligible student graduating from the Syracuse City School District. 

In a comprehensive approach, this effort involves not only college scholarship support as an incentive for students, but also a variety of support services aimed at removing the barriers that prevent many students from reaching their full potential. These supports include: academic, financial, social/emotional, and student and family health and wellness. 

The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, which was created as a result of the Community Foundation’s read ahead initiative, has been helpful and complimentary to Say Yes to Education in Syracuse. The Literacy Coalition’s early childhood initiatives, like Imagination Library, are preparing children for school and entrance into the Say Yes program. 

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About Say Yes to Education, Inc.

Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes) is a national, non-profit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation's inner-city youth. 

Say Yes provides comprehensive supports, including the promise of a full college or vocational education, aligned with what research indicates is needed to enable every child in the program to achieve his or her potential.

The Say Yes promise and supports begin when a child enters kindergarten and continues through high school and beyond. The range of services Say Yes offers across its Chapters include everything from extended-day and extended-school-year programming, mentoring, tutoring, and school-day academic support to family outreach, scholarships, and social work/ psychological services. Additionally, Say Yes partners provide high-quality health care and legal assistance. These services help to create a positive, sustaining framework for each student's academic experience, one that encourages and rewards continued effort. 

To learn more about the national work of Say Yes to Education, Inc. outside of Syracuse, visit its website.

Parents: To learn how your child can receive a Say Yes to Education scholarship, visit the Syracuse Say Yes to Education website.