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Governance

A breakthrough component of Say Yes Syracuse is the transparent, collaborative governance structure that guides all efforts and reports on progress to the public at large.

Governance Structure

SayYesSY1In addition to the Syracuse City School District, Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, the Say Yes Syracuse partnership includes students, parents and teachers; philanthropic and faith-based organizations; businesses; unions; and institutions of higher education.

In every Say Yes community, responsibility for sustaining the partnership largely shifts to local control after a specified period of time. In Syracuse, this process began in earnest in 2015, and it is the local community partners that have assumed responsibility for sustaining the scholarship endowment, and for continuing to provide essential, comprehensive supports to students and their families. A community’s long-term affiliation with Say Yes, including its access to the private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, is contingent upon its commitment to maintain those support services, which are intended to remove predictable barriers to success.

The governance structure of Say Yes Syracuse partnership includes the Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, partner institutions of the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, , the Syracuse Teachers’ Association, the Syracuse Association of Administrators and Supervisors, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the American Institutes for Research, the Say Yes National organization and a diverse group of Syracuse area corporate, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations comprise the governance structure. This collaborative, cross-government approach provides holistic, year-round support to Syracuse City School District students during their K-12 years and beyond.

Operating Committee

  • Syracuse City Schools Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea
  • Syracuse Teachers Association President Karen Fruscello
  • Syracuse City Mayor Stephanie Minor
  • Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney
  • CNY Community Foundation CEO Peter Dunn
  • Syracuse University School of Education Dean Joanna Masingila
  • Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill
  • Say Yes to Education Syracuse Scholarship Director Ahmeed Turner

Community Advisory Group

  • Syracuse City Schools Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea
  • Syracuse Teachers Association President Karen Fruscello
  • Syracuse City Mayor Stephanie Minor
  • Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney
  • CNY Community Foundation CEO Peter Dunn
  • Syracuse University School of Education Dean Joanna Masingila
  • Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill

Contact Us

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