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Say Yes Buffalo announced Thursday its first-ever funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The powerhouse foundation will invest $2.9 million over the next 22 months for the newly established Buffalo College Success Network.

Savvy Over 60: Ellen E. Grant

Mar 1, 2019
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Ellen E. Grant is a fellow at the Weiss Institute, an initiative of Say Yes to Education that marshals best practices and the latest research to address inequities and boost economic development by supporting young people from early childhood to adult success. It is the latest of many leadership hats worn by this savvy woman over 60, who grew up in Buffalo's public housing to become a nurse, a social worker, a licensed therapist, an executive coach, a college instructor, Director of Cornerstone Manor, Vice President at BlueCross/BlueShield of Western New York, President and CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health and City of Buffalo Deputy Mayor.

Buffalo's graduation rate rises

Jan 11, 2016
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The Buffalo Public School District has reason to celebrate. New numbers released Monday by the New York State Department of Education indicate an increase in the district’s 2015 graduation rate

City donates tablets to Say Yes students

Dec 3, 2015
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown donated BAK Board tablets to Say Yes Buffalo scholars. He appeared at the BAK USA headquarters in Buffalo to make the presentation. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the city's partnership with Say Yes and Bak is an effort to bring technology and educational opportunity to students.   

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Say Yes Buffalo issued an update on the number of city public school students who headed to college this school year. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the report was issued during the organization's Community Leadership Council.

Buffalo’s parent leader meets President Obama

Dec 4, 2014
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A delegation from Say Yes to Education that included Buffalo's Parent District Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford, are meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday as part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

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Say Yes Buffalo is expanding its college tuition scholarship program and has added new colleges and universities partners.   Students attending the Charter School for Applied Technologies middle school in Buffalo are now eligible to receive scholarships to college. 

Education advocates are praising the state's decision to increase the TAP grants for college-bound students.

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After years of decline in Buffalo's vocational school system Albany is making plans to transform Burgard High School into a manufacturing magnet school.

Some of the nation's most prestigious universities are joining in on the mission of Say Yes to Education.

Prestigious Ivy League schools join growing Say Yes program

Sep 18, 2013

Cornell University, Princeton University and Dartmouth College have joined the expanding Say Yes To Education program, which provides high school students a tuition-free path to college.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is providing assistance to help city schools retain their music programs.

The Say Yes to Education program turns into bricks and mortar today, with the opening of The College Success Center in Bennett High School.

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Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, the president of Say Yes to Education, spoke before a studio audience at Buffalo City Forum Tuesday evening.

The hour-long forum was broadcast live on WBFO and AM 970. It was moderated by station manager Jim Ranney. 

The program, which was recently introduced in Buffalo, offers the promise of free college tuition to city schools students who meet the requirements.

Save the date for Say Yes to Education conversation

Aug 24, 2012
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Save the date for Tuesday, September 25, 2012 for the next Buffalo City Forum. 

Say Yes to Education President Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey will be leading a discussion about the program hosted by WBFO & AM 970’s Jim Ranney at the WNED studio.

The Say Yes to Education initiative is sending the nation’s urban youth to college.  Recently, Buffalo adopted the Say Yes to Buffalo campaign.  It promises eligible Buffalo Public and charter school student’s tuition to attend college and higher education.