One year after Obama, Say Yes To Education is succeeding

Published 08/19 2014 11:34AM

Updated 08/19 2014 12:09PM

President Obama speaks at Henninger High School in Syracuse.
President Obama speaks at Henninger High School in Syracuse./NewsChannel 9 WSYR
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - It was one year ago this week that President Barack Obama made a visit to Central New York.

While his visit involved some sight-seeing, the focus was a serious one: Syracuse's Say Yes To Education program.

President Obama spoke at Henninger High School to discuss college affordability and availability to students.

Say Yes To Education says they've seen a lot of positive results in the year that has passed since the spotlight was put on the organization. More kids are enrolling in and staying in college.

Because of the national focus on Syracuse, Say Yes To Education locally is an example for many other cities across the nation.

The local director of Say Yes To Education said, "Now, our national leaders at Say Yes are getting inquiries, whether it's Pittsburgh, Baltimore. There's interest to see how this type of work is being done in this respective community."

Mayor Stephanie Miner said, "It's no secret that public education in the City of Syracuse is a real challenge for us, but what we are doing is rolling up our sleeves and working on that issue every single day. What the President did was come and give everybody a pat on the back."

Some proof of the program's success can be seen in the student who introduced President Obama at Henninger last year, Emilio Ortiz. He graduated from Corcoran last June and will head to Syracuse University next week to start his college career.

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