Forbes features WW Trustee’s work in transforming urban education

Photo courtesy Say Yes to Education

“I sometimes get up in the middle of the night because I still feel like I’m not doing enough,” Woodrow Wilson Trustee George Weiss tells Forbes magazine in a story this week on Say Yes to Education, the nonprofit organization that he founded and heads. (Woodrow Wilson president Arthur Levine has served proudly on the Say Yes Board of Trustees for several years now.)

Since Mr. Weiss founded Say Yes in 1987, the organization has made it possible for more than 5,300 students from high-need schools to go off to college, tuition-free, and more than 65,000 students in six cities have benefited from the Say Yes combination of academic, personal, and family supports. Participating schools and districts have seen dramatic results, including rapid marked increases in graduation rates, exam results, and college-going.

Like the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship—which, as a Trustee, Mr. Weiss has helped guide—Say Yes relies on a coalition of local and external leadership and support. In recent years, Say Yes has brought its groundbreaking model to two citywide school districts in New York State, Buffalo and Syracuse. A 2014 Talent Dividend Network award recognized the Say Yes Buffalo Partnership as the nation’s best cross-sector collaboration model in school turnaround.

Congratulations to Mr. Weiss and his Say Yes colleagues on their great work and impressive results. Read the Forbes story here to learn more.


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