Emily Melendez

AKA: "Em"

Business Development Supervisor | Scholarships


BA in Social Work, Daemen University


Hispanic Women's League
You Can't Fail Learning Community


Emily Melendez is the Business Development Supervisor with Say Yes Buffalo’s newest program in partnership with CareerWise, Modern Youth Apprenticeship Program which focuses on giving inner city students a unique opportunity to enter the workforce right after high school. Emily also serves as a mentor to high school students preparing to start their collegiate journey with both Say Yes Buffalo and BuffaloPrep. She was previously a Bilingual Family Support Specialist working across multiple Buffalo Public School sites for 6 years providing care management services to students struggling with academic success and school attendance. Emily has also contributed to the movement of Say Yes Buffalo’s Mobile Health Clinics that services 19 Buffalo Public Schools and provided more than 100 students with medical care. As a first generation college student, she is a proud Hutch-Tech High School alumna and HEOP graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Daemen University. Emily has graduated from leadership programs with Say Yes Buffalo Emerging Leaders, West Side Promise Neighborhood, and the You Can’t Fail Learning Community. She is an active member in the Hispanic Women’s League.

What draws you to work at Say Yes?

The work culture! You won't find too many other places Say Yes Buffalo (insert unicorn emoji).

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Hiking | Reading | Mentorship | Traveling | Art | Cooking | Food | Community Involvement | Movies | TV Shows | Concerts

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