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Say Yes Cleveland names Sharese Ryan as new Assistant Director for Student & Family Support Services

CLEVELAND, OH (March 16, 2021)Say Yes Cleveland (SYC) has announced the hiring of Sharese Ryan to serve as the Assistant Director of Student & Family Support Services, beginning March 15, 2021.

Ms. Ryan will work in partnership with, and report to, Victor Young, Say Yes Cleveland’s Director of Student & Family Support Services. She will assist in the supervision, coaching, training, and management of SYC’s Family Support Specialists, which currently number 42. Within the next two school years, SYC will add approximately 60 additional Family Support Specialists, so the that there is one in each CMSD and partner charter school by 2023.

Diane Downing, executive director of Say Yes Cleveland, said: “We are very excited to have Sharese join our team. As we have seen over the last two years, in particular, Say Yes Cleveland Family Support Specialists are crucial to helping students and families stay on track and overcome barriers that might derail the student’s education. Sharese Ryan will help our Family Support Specialists be as effective as possible, especially as we continue to ramp up services during the next two years.”

Ms. Ryan brings an extensive and diverse background to this work, both in the direct provision of support services to children and families, and in the management and oversight of teams providing those services. Most recently, she worked as a supervisor of child welfare caseworkers for Franklin County Children Services in Columbus. Prior to that, she worked at University Settlement in Cleveland as a systems of care manager, a substitute teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, a parent involvement coordinator for Cleveland Catholic Charities Head Start, and as a social service worker and then supervisor for Cuyahoga County’s Division of Children & Family Services. Ryan earned a bachelor of criminal justice and criminology degree from Eastern Michigan University. She received a master of education degree in adult learning and development from Cleveland State University.

“This position requires a rare combination traits: experience and expertise in both the provision of support services, and the supervision of large teams of services providers, in additional to a deep familiarity with education and the people of Cleveland. We’re thrilled and fortunate to have found a professional in Sharese Ryan who meets all these needs and more,” said Victor Young, Say Yes Cleveland’s Director of Student & Family Support Services.

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About Say Yes Cleveland

Say Yes Cleveland is a local organization that provides two big things for Cleveland students: support services for students in CMSD and partner charter schools from PreK through graduation; and college or career training tuition scholarships for all eligible scholars after graduation from a CMSD high school. By emphasizing the necessity of support services from Pre-K through high school graduation, the Say Yes program aims to help students overcome the barriers that poverty often puts before them, so that they can stay on track to success and be prepared to take the full advantage of the Say Yes scholarship waiting for them after high school graduation. Say Yes Cleveland was launched in 2019 by local convening organizations, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Foundation, College Now and United Way. For more information, visit SayYesCleveland.org.

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