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Say Yes Cleveland Names Director of Student and Family Services

Victor Young Joins Cleveland Team

MAY 1, 2019 – Victor Young is joining Say Yes Cleveland this week as its director of student and family services.

A former teacher, Young has spent his 35-year career in education. He has served as a CEO, foundation officer, trustee, consultant, and executive coach working in and with public and private schools, foundations, and education nonprofits serving K-12 schools.

“My life’s work – and most of my journey – has been a quest to figure out how to redirect our massive social investments into things that work for the millions of people for whom they simply have not,” Young says.

He spent 20 years working in Northeast Ohio, as managing director of The Busara Group, founder of what is now the Stark Education Partnership, president of The Learning Communities Network, and senior program officer for pre-collegiate education at the Cleveland Foundation.

More recently, Victor was the managing director of VCY Stratagem, where he led the collective impact work in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park for PolicyLink, which is funded by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative in Silicon Valley. He also was the founding president of Cornerstone Literacy, a teacher professional development organization.

Victor recently returned to Cleveland for family reasons. “Timing is everything and I can think of no better way to spend time and add value to something so aligned with my personal theory of action than to support the inaugural work of Say Yes Cleveland,” he says.

Diane Downing, executive director of Say Yes Cleveland, says it’s a tremendous opportunity for this new organization to have Victor join the team. “His diverse experience in education and his leadership skills dovetail well with the needs and vision of Say Yes Cleveland, and specifically helping students and their families,” she explains.

In this role, Young oversees family and student services supporting the Say Yes Cleveland initiative. He will work with students, families, Cleveland Metropolitan School District teams, and service providers to develop and maintain a service network that propels students along the pathway to success.

Young earned his bachelor of science mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a master of education degree in administration, social policy, and planning from Harvard University, where he also completed his doctoral studies in management.

Young and his wife live in Cleveland Heights. They have two adult children.

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