Although my father attended college later in life, I am the first person in my family to go to college directly out of high school. Because of the financial support that Say Yes offers, I am able to attend Syracuse University as a social work and psychology major. I would not have even considered attending this institution otherwise because I could have never afforded to do so.
As a social work major, Say Yes has reinforced my passion for wanting to help others in the same community where I grew up. It has become clear through my studies that if more individuals become educated and achieve a college degree, it will have profound impact on the community—for this generation and the next. Thus, Say Yes is much more than just educational reform, it is restructuring the educational, economical, societal, and community culture of Syracuse.