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Annual Report

Say Yes Guilford exists to support those dreams, removing obstacles that stand in the way and providing support to lift up students. In collaboration with dozens of community partners, Say Yes is impacting students in elementary, middle, high school and college, and positioning graduates to succeed in their chosen careers.

Say Yes Tutoring Connects Students and Helps Parents

A planning series to assist families in planning, applying and paying for college. Presented jointly by Guilford County Schools, Say Yes Guilford, CFNC and the College Advising Corps.

Community Wifi Hotspot Locations

Say Yes is committed to supporting Guilford County Schools students working remotely. Dozens of Guilford County schools, libraries, parks, businesses and neighborhoods have Wi-Fi hotspots; and you can find them in these locations:

Say Yes Scholar Story

“My mom started school when I was in 6 th grade. It made me so proud of her; I didn’t realize how important college was until I saw her do it.”

KAYLA BLANFORT, UNC-CHARLOTTE CLASS OF 2020

Say Yes Guilford

Say Yes Guilford is a local education non-profit organization committed to providing access to support services and scholarships designed to prepare Guilford County Schools’ students for success in college, career, and life. Our staff, volunteers and partners are dedicated to kindergarten to career success. We use an equity-based model to provide evidenced-based, impactful, and consistent services making sure students who need the most are offered the most support from elementary school through high school and college.

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Say Yes Guilford Scholarships

Say Yes Guilford provides last-dollar tuition scholarship to eligible Guilford County Schools graduates. Since 2016 Say Yes has supported graduates from every GCS high school with millions of scholarships dollars. Seniors can register October 1 through June 1.

Say Yes Wifi Hotspot Locations

Say Yes Guilford is committed to supporting Guilford County Schools students working remotely. Dozens of Guilford County schools, libraries, parks, businesses and neighborhoods have Wi-Fi hotspots; and Say Yes Guilford has compiled a list, so families can find a location close to them.

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Kindergarten to Career Success is Happening in Guilford County.

In 2019-20…

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100% of elementary students participating in the HELPS program showed growth, and 67% of those students exceeded expected growth.

355 K-8 students registered for virtual tutoring with more than 100 volunteers.

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75% of Say Yes Guilford Scholars continued their college education in the 2019-2020 school year compared to a national average of 73%.

$28,521,543 Lifetime Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Impact since 2016.

Key Student Deadlines

October 1st

Say Yes Scholarships Opens for High School Seniors

June 1st

Say Yes Scholarship Deadline for graduating Seniors

OUR MISSION

Say Yes Guilford is committed to providing access to support services and scholarships designed to prepare Guilford County Schools’ students for success in college, career, and life.

OUR CORE VALUES

Say Yes Guilford…

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is committed to maximizing collaboration across community partners to serve all Guilford County students.

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is dedicated to offering equitable supports that actively engage difference and work to eliminate barriers to opportunity.

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believes every student has the potential to succeed, so equality drives our scholarship distribution process.

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advocates for educational opportunities that will improve upward mobility from classroom to career.

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thinks strategically to maximize impact for students and our community.

Students and Parents

Say Yes Guilford collaborates with Guilford County Schools, local organizations, businesses and foundations on a comprehensive Kindergarten to Career Success service continuum. Tutoring, career exploration and college access are a few of the many supports in place for students and their families.

Make a Donation to Say Yes Guilford

As a non-profit organization founded to support Guilford County Schools’ students on their path to a successful career, Say Yes Guilford depends on the community for funding.

We continue working to reach our $70 million endowment goal which will support GCS graduates on their higher education journey for generations to come. Individuals, families, businesses and foundations can support Say Yes Guilford through a gift to the scholarship endowment or by giving financial support to the many ongoing Kindergarten to Career programs and services Say Yes Guilford offers.