School Is In — and still SAYing YES

School Is In

When you tell me that graduation rates have not improved, you are overlooking the fact that the original Say Yes cohort has not yet reached graduation time.

When you tell me that after school programs do not affect classroom performance, you overlook the fact that success begets success. Self-esteem created through after school achievement will most likely generate success in the classroom.

When you tell me that there are no numbers to indicate the success of Say Yes, you are wrong.

Here are some Say Yes numbers – read carefully and you will notice that these numbers also reflect a huge impact on the Syracuse community in terms of social, legal and medical services that cost you nothing, while removing many of the common impediments to education in an urban setting.

Currently, 5,100 SCSD students are enrolled in Say Yes extended day programs and approximately 2,200 students will attend Say Yes extended year programs this summer.

Ninth grade discontinuation (read: dropout) rates decreased by 44 percent from 2009 to 2010.

The ratio of students to social workers improved from 500:1 to 200:1 in all elementary and K-8 schools.

As part of the Promise Zone commitment, SCSD, Say Yes, the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health and community-based organizations are working toward their collective goal of having one mental health clinic in every school in the district by 2013.

Seven Say Yes legal clinics are now open in all quadrants of SCSD and are staffed by five local law firms to provide free legal advice, free service and referrals to families

Of the 315 students who did not have health insurance in 2009, 91 percent have now completed an application through Say Yes in partnership with the Salvation Army.

Say Yes has given out more than $2.5 million in Say Yes scholarships over three years.

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