The Promise: A Case Study of Say Yes to Education in Buffalo

The Promise: A Case Study of Say Yes to Education in Buffalo

Five years ago, with the pledge of $15 million from Say Yes as an incentive, the City of Buffalo, NY embarked on a new approach to increasing postsecondary completion. Local civic leaders formed Say Yes Buffalo, securing commitments from city and county governments, local businesses, school officials, parent groups, unions, higher education institutions, churches and others to provide an array of services – such as mentoring, after-school and summer programs, school-based mental health counseling and even legal clinics – and to build a scholarship fund to help students such as Jesse overcome obstacles as they pursue the dream of a college degree.  Read the case study.