Mission and Approach

About Us

Say Yes Syracuse is a landmark collaboration that brings the Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, Say Yes Higher Education Compact partner colleges, 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 provide holistic, year-round support to Syracuse City School District students their K-12 years and beyond. Say Yes to Education and its partners believe every student can graduate high school and college when given the proper supports, resources, and opportunities.


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 urban youth.




Say Yes provides comprehensive supports, including the promise of free college tuition to one of nearly 100 colleges and universities for those who meet residency, graduation and admission requirements. These supports are 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 continue through high school and beyond. The range of services Say Yes offers across its Chapters include everything from extended day and 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, sustainable framework for each student's academic experience, one that encourages and rewards continued effort.

Although there are Say Yes chapters located in Cambridge, MA (alumni chapter only); Hartford, CT; New York City, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, the Syracuse chapter is unique in that it is the first Say Yes chapter to embrace an entire city school district!  Buffalo, NY became the second Say Yes chapter to partner with an entire city school district in December 2011.

Say Yes Theory of Change: Leveraging Collective Impact for City-Wide Transformation