WHO WE ARE


Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection-Rochester

 HWSC Rochester

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection was established in 1987 to help students at risk of dropping out to stay in school and achieve academic success. It is our mission to increase the graduation rates of students within the city school districts of Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo, New York and Prince George’s County, Maryland by providing long-term advocacy, academic resources, life skills development, and job training, resulting in self-sufficient, contributing adults for the community. On average,Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection students graduate high school at twice the rate of their peers and between 70 and 80 percent of these graduates attend college.

Community partnerships are a foundation for future growth. . .
We have formed new partnerships with new allies in Rochester, including: University of Rochester, Unity Health, Q Dental, Eastman Dental, St. John Fisher College Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; an Arts Partnership with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Garth Fagan Dance, and The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester; and a Trades Partnership including Rochester City School District, Monroe Community College, and other trade organizations, community organizations, and private sector businesses.

Encompass learning specialists are partnering with us to provide youth advocate services, along with academic intervention to 80 new students. 

Growing to serve more youth...

• Our Rochester site moved to a newly remodeled facility at Mustard Street in order to provide enhanced services to our students and improved, more expansive working conditions for staff.

"We are lucky to have a national model for helping turn at-risk students into successful graduates. It is the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. The Hillside formula is simple: a mentor, a tutor and a job. When students who are struggling receive a mentor, a tutor and a job, their graduation rates more than double. Despite the tough budget year, I plan to work with City Council, community leaders and school officials on ways that we can increase support for this valuable initiative."
Mayor Duffy - excerpt from 4/27/09 State of the City address.