Say Yes Syracuse has worked in close partnership with Syracuse University, the Syracuse City School District, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, Onondaga County Community College, the Syracuse Teachers Association, as well as with community-based organizations and local businesses, toward a single, overriding goal: to ensure that every student in Syracuse has the ability to reach his or her academic potential. The partnership is providing comprehensive support services and college scholarships to help students succeed and it is backing efforts by SCSD to become the most improved urban district in the nation.
A Look at our Impact
- 5,293 Say Yes students have enrolled in 2 and 4-year colleges (public and private) since the fall of 2009.
- From 2008 to 2021, $12.9 million in Say Yes Syracuse scholarships have been paid for scholars to date.
- From 2008 to 2021, more than $160 million in cumulative external aid has been provided to Say Yes Syracuse scholars to date.
- 50% of the Syracuse City School District Class of 2021 attended college after graduation.
- 59% of the Class of 2019 continued on to their second year of college in 2020.
- 92% of students attending 4-year public schools and 100% of students attending 4-year private schools continued to their second year.
- 33% of students attending 2-year public schools continued to their second year.
- The 2021 graduation rate of Black and Asian students in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) met or exceeded that of White students, signaling that the program is helping students break through challenges historically caused by systemic racism.
To find out more, please read our 2020-2021 Report Card.
To learn about the impact Say Yes to Education Syracuse has made watch this video!