Four leading groups in Guilford County recognized the potential for having Say Yes to Education locally — and set out to pursue a dream. That dream became reality within two years — and, as a result, will change lives for generations to come! Browse our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.
How Guilford County Said Yes to Education
Representatives of Guilford Education Alliance, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, High Point Community Foundation and Guilford County Schools came together to explore the possibility of bring Say Yes to Education to our community. They quickly recognized the tremendous potential of a local Say Yes program — not only for students in the Guilford County Schools system, but for the long-term future of Guilford County, as well. Once Say Yes to Education and Guilford County got to know one another better, this became a robust, organic and community-wide undertaking, involving volunteers from all corners of Guilford and one of the most successful fundraising efforts in the county’s history. Generous supporters throughout Guilford also recognized the potential of Say Yes, and quickly pledged their financial commitments. By the time Say Yes Guilford offically launched on September 17, 2015, nearly half of the funds needed to fully support the endowment — $70 million — had already been raised!
Say Yes National
Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that revitalizes communities by helping them give every public high school graduate access to college or other post-secondary scholarships. Say Yes community partnerships also make available supports and services to develop the gifts and talents of each child. Visit our national site for more information on the entire Say Yes to Education community
Wendy Poteat joined Say Yes Guilford as CEO in June 2019 bringing her vast experience working with schools and community back to Guilford County.
Brandi Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Student Outreach & Retention for Say Yes Guilford.
Amanda Rosemann is Senior Vice President of Development and Community Relations
Warché K. Downing is the Director of Postsecondary Access & Success for Say Yes Guilford.
TaJuana Robinson is Say Yes Guilford’s Executive Assistant and Officer Manager.
Board of Directors
A local board comprised of talented education experts will help shape guidelines on Say Yes Guilford Scholarships. This group will ensure that we maximize the potential of our program and provide the best opportunities possible for our graduates.
Chair, High Point Community Foundation
Dr. Nora Carr,
Chief of Staff, Guilford County Schools
Pastor, Equation Church
President, Guilford Technical Community College
Dr. Sharon Contreras,
Superintendent, Guilford County Schools
President, Greensboro College
Former Chair, Guilford County Board of Education
President, Weaver Foundation
Deputy County Manager, Guilford County
The Reverend Dr. Kia Hood-Scott,
Union Baptist Church
Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Bank
President, High Point Community Foundation
Allen Tate Realtor Sales Manager, Branch Leader**
David S. Miller,
Past Chair, High Point Community Foundation*
Executive Director, Edward M. Armfield Foundation
Mildred O. Poole,
Community Volunteer and First Donor to Say Yes Guilford
NC A&T Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance
Say Yes Guilford Chief Executive Officer**
President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
President, Guilford County Association of Educators
*Chair of the board
**Vice Chair of the board
***President of the board