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Say Yes Buffalo Alumni Network

The Say Yes Buffalo Alumni Network aims to connect with former Buffalo Public and Charter School graduates who have graduated with a college degree or program certificate since our launch in 2013. The goal is to connect with as many alumni as possible in an effort to continue their pipeline to Say Yes Buffalo, from kindergarten to career.

Alumni Spotlight: Amber Quinney

Words like “over-achiever,” “ambitious,” and “type-A” are often used to describe the energies and passions of young people like Amber Quinney. Growing up on the East Side, she attended Waterfront, and MST through 8th grade before entering the “remarkable, incredible” Hutch Tech high school. “I would say I had the best opportunity Buffalo could give a public school student.” Quinney graduated from Canisius College in 2018 with a degree in marketing, becoming the first member of her family to graduate from a four-year college. Her nonstop hustle gained her six figures in total scholarship awards, nine paid internships, and three fellowships. Quinney was hired by Say Yes in the fall of 2019 to work as Executive Assistant to Executive Director David Rust. “I think that my story is parallel to the story of Say Yes, and that’s about a kid in Buffalo optimizing opportunity,” Quinney said. “Say Yes has this bold promise to children and families to access opportunities, if you are hungry enough, if you are humble enough. My story is symbolic of the Say Yes story.”

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Upcoming Events

Alumni Network events are on hold at the current time due to public health concerns and restrictions due to Covid-19. We can’t wait to get rolling in the very near future, so please register above so that we will be able to notify you as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest! Please stay tuned!

The Mission

The Say Yes Buffalo Alumni Network aims to connect with Buffalo Public and Charter School graduates who have graduated with a college degree or program certificate since our launch in 2013. The goal is to connect with as many alumni as possible in an effort to continue their connection with Say Yes Buffalo. In doing this our objective is to:

  • Build a sense of community with Say Yes alumni through social media, special events, and shared learning opportunities
  • Assist alumni with exploring internship opportunities and career leads
  • Provide them with a centralized point of connectivity to Say Yes Buffalo
  • Give alumni a central place to catalogue their successes and life milestones
  • Encourage recruitment of other SYB alumni
  • Afford alumni opportunities to give back, including connecting with BPS high school students to assist with the transition to high school

You Can Help Give Back to the Say Yes Community

Since 2013, 1000+ Say Yes scholars have graduated with postsecondary degrees and begun their journeys in the working sector, while others have continued on to higher levels of post-secondary education.

Benefits to becoming a member of the Say Yes Buffalo Alumni Network include:

  • Peer and professional networking opportunities
  • Notification and discounted cost to attend Say Yes events
  • Recognition of outstanding alumni
  • Alumni swag