By Lynnola Christman
Hillside Work Scholarship Connection has been around our school for about 25 years. I remember walking into the 9th grade office and seeing Mr. Rice. I got signed up right away, but I didn’t know what the purpose of it was. In case you were wondering too, I got some news for you!
Hillside was founded in 1987. It is located in Central and Western New York, Washington DC, and Prince George’s county, MD. There are many students enrolled; 2,350 students are enrolled in the Rochester City School District alone. Every advocate can only have up to 35 students max. “In the 2015-2016 academic year, Rochester City School District students who remained with the program from grade 9 graduate at a rate at 90 percent,” according to the Hillside website.
There are many opportunities Hillside offers such as mentoring, enrichments to grow students’ social life experiences, tutoring, job training (YETA), scholarship opportunities, and college visits. Tutoring is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youth Employment Training Academy (YETA) varies in time; talk to your advocate for the job opportunities! The purpose for these are to help students overcome barriers that cause them to drop out and abandon their education. As Ms. Ryan said, “hillside helps establish relationships with schools, students, and families.”
For more information, visit https://www.hillside.com/about-us/family-agencies/regions-affiliates/hwsc/