About Say Yes Syracuse

Say Yes Syracuse is a nonprofit community-wide partnership designed to help Syracuse City School District students graduate from high school and receive a college education without significant debt.


Among the critical components of the Say Yes Syracuse partnership is a transparent, collaborative, community-wide governance structure that guides all efforts and reports on progress to the public at large.

Our Impact

Since 2008, Say Yes Syracuse has worked to ensure all children in the Syracuse City School District are able to earn a college degree or certificate without the weight of tuition costs on their shoulders. We provide students with the supports necessary to set them on a path toward earning a living wage and becoming active, contributing members of the community.

Meet Ahmeed Turner

Ahmeed is the Say Yes Syracuse Executive Director. He is a graduate of Cheyney State University of PA with a BA in Psychology and holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. Ahmeed also served as a Say Yes Program Coordinator and Say Yes Site Director.

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes or have questions about scholarships? We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list, set an appointment, or reach out to and learn more about how you can get involved.

Ahmeed Turner, Executive Director

Dana Lyons-Canty, Officer, Scholarship and Student Support