Two Nonprofits Join Forces to Boost Student Success

April 2017    The Wall Street Journal

Thirty years ago a Connecticut money manager named George Weiss made headlines by promising 112 sixth-graders in a high-poverty school in Philadelphia that if they made it to college, he would pay their tuition. Twenty earned bachelor’s degrees. Some of the others veered off track due to drugs, teen pregnancy or criminal behavior. Mr. Weiss decided his nonprofit, Say Yes to Education, should get involved as early as kindergarten. Now, Say Yes tries to help communities marshal local resources to provide schools with health clinics, counseling and social services.

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