Economic Development

  • 240 college students were hired to work as Youth Enrichment Specialists in Say Yes extended year programs this summer.  80/240 hired are Say Yes Scholars!
  • Say Yes has given out more than $2.5 million in Say Yes scholarships over three years.
  • More than $43 million dollars has been raised, during the worst economic downturn in a generation, to create positive change in the lives of urban youth.

Academic Growth

  • Nearly 2,000 Say Yes students have enrolled in 2 and 4 year colleges (public and private) since the fall of 2009
  • More than 200 SCSD students in grades 9 to 12 receive SAT prep services at no cost during the 2013-2014 school year.
  • More than 30 SCSD graduates attended a 5-week pre-college Summer Success Academy at OCC in 2013. Students took courses, received academic support and learned about college life.
  • More than 5,000 SCSD students are enrolled in Say Yes extended day programs in 2013-2014.
  • More than 2,900 students attended Say Yes extended year programs during the summer of 2013.
  • 9th grade dropout rates have declined.
  • 9th grade algebra Regents exam passing rates are on the rise.
  • 5 more children’s books were published in the Say Yes Young Authors Series in spring 2013

Community Engagement

  • All elementary and K-8 schools now have social workers, providing a 250:1 ratio v. 500:1 prior to the implementation of Say Yes.
  • As part of the Promise Zone commitment, SCSD, Say Yes, the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health, and community-based organizations are working toward their collective goal of having one mental health clinic in every school in the district by 2013.
  • Say Yes legal clinics are operating three times a week. Staffed by local law firms, the clinics provide free legal advice, free service, and referrals to families.