Say Yes Celebrates Four Successful Years in Guilford County

CEO Wendy Poteat Outlines Plans for Growth at Say Yes to Impact Breakfast

November 8, 2019 — About 175 city, county, state and federal leaders joined educators and donors at the Say Yes to Impact Breakfast November 8. CEO Wendy Poteat shared news that more than 1100 GCS graduates finished the 2018-19 school  year with support from Say Yes Guilford, an impact of more than $7 million.

Poteat explained the scholarship model is based on equity, providing supports for any student tin Guilford County who meets the award requirements. Any student who qualifies can receive support for any 2-or 4-year public institution in North Carolina. Under the compact scholarship model, students who have a household income below $75,000 may have their tuition and fees covered by the higher education compact institution. Students who have a household income over $75,000 may be eligible for a grant up to $5000 toward tuition.

Say Yes Guilford is equally committed to providing support services to GCS students built on a foundation of equity. Poteat emphasized supports will be “impactful, evidence-based, and scaled district-wide.” In elementary school services are aligned to a bold goal of increasing 3rd grade reading proficiency to 63% by 2022. Middle school supports are focused on financial literacy and exposure to career and technical opportunities. High school supports include SAT/ACT prep classes, FAFSA competition workshops, college prep seminars and events to enhance career pathways and a college-going culture.

Poteat is scheduling speaking engagements with local organizations now. Please contact guilford@sayyestoeducation.org to get on her calendar.

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.


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