Educational Institutions

Hillside Work Scholarship Connection Inc

  • Rochester, NY
  • www.hillside.com

Mission Statement

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection helps middle and high school youth who are at risk of dropping out of school to graduate from high school and prepare for post-secondary success by providing one-to-one mentoring, academic support, job skills training, part-time job opportunities, and college preparation assistance.

Main Programs

  1. HW-SC Core Service Model
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Buffalo, NY
Rochester, NY
Syracuse, NY
Prince George's County, MD

ruling year

1998

President

Self-reported

Augustin Melendez

Keywords

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mentoring, youth, graduation, secondary eduation, job skills

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EIN

16-1453581

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

HW-SC Core Service Model

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is to help at-risk students stay in school, achieve academic success, and graduate from high school with the skills and confidence they need to be successful at college and in the workplace.
    HW-SC works with youth with at least two research-based risk factors that significantly increase the probability for dropping out of school:
    • Low socio-economic status (family meets poverty guidelines)
    • Failing grade in core subjects
    • Multiple school suspensions
    • Low Standardized Test Scores
    • Over age for grade level
    • Higher rates of absenteeism
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In order to achieve our goals, we aim to provide: A) Family Driven, B) Youth Guided, C) Culturally Competent; and D) Trauma-Informed Care through a variety of services.
    HW-SC’s core service model incorporates long-term advocacy and individual counseling, academic support and enrichment, life-skills, employment readiness, and after-school jobs with partner companies. HW-SC pairs students with professional Youth Advocates (YAs) who work on-site at the schools and are available 24/7 to the students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Employees: Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection employs approximately 182 multidisciplinary staff.
    Support Departments
    Hillside Service Solutions (HSS): Materials Management, Food & Nutrition Services, and Facilities reside in the Hillside Shared Services, Inc. affiliate. Consolidation of shared services in a single organization allows for economies of scale, consistency of standards, and simplicity of cost reporting (Policy 1102).
    Human Resources and Organizational Development (HROD): The Department supports the organization in partnership with leaders, with staff and Board being primary customers. We also serve external customers (e.g., insurers, funders, contractors, state and federal agencies).
    Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance (SPQA): The Department supports efforts throughout the organization with leaders, staff, the Board, families, and the community being the primary customers. We also serve external customers (e.g., academic institutions, funders, contractors, state and federal agencies).
    Strategic Development: An organization-wide function accomplished through affiliate leadership with the support of the Service Development staff. Activities of the Service Development Staff: Program Development; Project Management; Mergers, Affiliations, and Acquisitions (Policy 1102).
    Success through community collaboration
    Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection was created by Wegmans Food Markets in 1987 in response to a call to action from the Urban League of Rochester and the Council for Educational Development to reduce the area’s high dropout rate. The program became a Hillside affiliate in 1996 to expand opportunities for collaboration within the business community. HW-SC continues to succeed thanks to strong partnerships with all sectors of the community.
    Strengthened by our Hillside affiliation
    Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies, the area’s oldest and most trusted family and youth services organization. Hillside is the first place families turn for advice and help, not just in times of crisis, but through all the stages of parenting. No matter where youth and families enter our system, they have access to the complete range of Hillside services at locations across Western and Central New York.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection continues to evaluate its effectiveness. Progress toward critical program outcomes is tracked in the Efforts to Outcomes information system, with internal analysis identifying opportunities for improvement. HW-SC also actively seeks external evaluations, and is currently engaged with MDRC, a reputable nonprofit education and social policy research organization out of NYC, to conduct an implementation study of the program.
    Proven success and national recognition
    Over the years, our program has received numerous accolades recognizing our accomplishments in turning around the lives of inner city youth, including:
    • Recently named to the S&I 100 Index of most effective social impact programs
    • Recognition from the American Youth Policy Forum for being one of the nation’s most effective youth development programs to “Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond;”
    • A $4 million replication and expansion grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation;
    • PEPNet Award from the National Youth Employment Coalition in recognition of HW-SC’s best practices in youth employment and development;
    • A “Points of Light” award from the American Business Press; and
    • Endorsement from the National Center on Education and the Economy.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection has achieved the following outcomes program-wide:
    2010-2011 School Year
    • HW-SC graduation outcomes for the 2007 Cohort (Class of 2011):
    o 61% on-time graduation rate for the cohort
    o School district comparison: 50% on-time graduation rate for the cohort
    o 65% overall graduation rate (including 5-year graduates)
    o 82% graduation rate for students who stay in the HW-SC program
    o 89% graduation rate for HW-SC students who receive job readiness training and are employed by an Employment Partner
    • 80% grade promotion rate
    • 84% senior graduation rate
    • 68% of graduates enrolled in post-secondary education in the year following graduation
    2011-2012 School Year
    • HW-SC graduation outcomes for the 2008 Cohort (Class of 2012):
    o 64% on-time graduation rate for the cohort
    o School district comparison: 50% on-time graduation rate for the cohort
    o 67% overall graduation rate (including 5-year graduates)
    o 83% graduation rate for students who stay in the HW-SC program
    o 93% graduation rate for HW-SC students who receive job readiness training and are employed by an Employment Partner
    • 82% grade promotion rate
    • 86% senior graduation rate
    • 66% of graduates enrolled in post-secondary education in the year following graduation
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Buffalo, NY
Rochester, NY
Syracuse, NY
Prince George's County, MD

Accreditations


Since 2015

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Financials

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HILLSIDE WORK SCHOLARSHIP CONNECTION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President

Augustin Melendez

BIO

Recently honored with the 2013 Circulo Latino Community Leadership Award as an individual who exemplifies servant leadership, the spirit of volunteerism and commitment to the betterment of the community, President Augustin Melendez leads the organization-wide efforts of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. After serving on the HW-SC Board of Directors for six years, Mr. Melendez was appointed as President in 2013, bringing a unique combination of values and experiences to HW-SC as both a veteran Board member and a highly successful corporate executive. With his passion and leadership, Mr. Melendez continues to expand HW-SC’s impact by driving the development of innovative new programs and increasing the percent of students graduating, attending college and finding gainful employment, as well as expanding the number of community partners and further establishing the organization’s funding sustainability.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gerard Q Pierce

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