Scholar Mentoring Program

Program Overview

Are you a senior in a Buffalo public high school concerned about the transition from high school to college? Do you need a caring and trusting adult to provide you with encouragement and support? Are you wondering what it will take to exchange your backpack for a briefcase? The Say Yes Scholar Mentoring Program can help!

In partnership with Compeer of Greater Buffalo, the Say Yes Scholar Mentoring Program is now available to any Buffalo public high school senior that will become a Say Yes Scholar, as well as current Say Yes Scholars attending one of the ten local Say Yes partner schools listed below:

  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • Buffalo State
  • Canisius College
  • Daemen College
  • D’Youville College
  • Erie Community College
  • Medaille College
  • Trocaire College
  • University at Buffalo
  • Villa Maria College

How Does it Work?

Volunteer mentors are assigned to Say Yes Scholars during their senior year of high school to assist with their transition from high school to-and-through post-secondary education. Throughout the mentoring relationship, students receive advice, guidance, and support to assist them in reaching their full potential. Participants of the program commit to having contact in person, by phone, through text, via email, Face Time or Skype four times a month for a period of eighteen months.


Benefits For Mentees

  • Receive assistance in navigating the transition from high school to college/post-secondary education.
  • Gain insight from working professionals.
  • Develop a network of educational and professional contacts.
  • Build a healthy relationship with a caring adult.
  • Receive advice from an individual with college experience


How to Enroll as Mentee

Contact Daniel Robertson with questions at drobertson@sayyestoeducation.org, 716.247.5310 ext. 215


Benefits for Mentors

  • Support Say Yes Buffalo and its mission to support Buffalo Public School students.
  • Assist a young person to reach his or her full potential.
  • Make a difference by sharing knowledge and life experiences, career decisions and successes both past and present.
  • Provide encouragement and support mentees in handling life’s day-to-day situations.
  • Receive training, assistance, and support throughout your participation in the program

How to Become a Say Yes Mentor

  • Click here or contact Alana Chazen at alana@compeerbuffalo.org or 716.883.3331 ext. 309