Closing the College Graduation Gap

Posted by on April 6, 2009

Just Say Yes

Public School Insights is featuring a conversation with Say Yes to Education president Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, whose organization has dramatically boosted urban students’ college-going and graduation rates in Cambridge, Mass.; Philadelphia; Hartford, Conn.; Harlem, N.Y.; and Syracuse, N.Y. Schmitt-Carey discusses the Say Yes model, which engages a broad coalition of community partners to improve student odds. Say Yes breaks down the barriers to post-secondary access for low-income youth through a set of comprehensive supports that range from access to quality health care to college scholarships. In communities where it is active, Say Yes has substantially closed the gap in high school and college graduation rates between inner-city students and their suburban peers.

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