Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
Graduation. College. Career.
Founded in 1987, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is dedicated to reversing the trend of low high-school graduation rates, and helping students realize their potential—in the classroom, in the community and in life.
A Proven Model
The core of the program is the close relationship between each student and their HW-SC Youth Advocate, a dedicated professional placed in the school who provides structure and motivation. The YA unites all dimensions of a student’s life, and connects youth to supportive services in three areas.
Academic Support—Tutoring, in school or at designated locations, supplements traditional classroom learning and helps students improve in vulnerable academic areas. Strong communication between YAs and teachers ensures that assignments and in-class obligations are met.
Job Readiness—HW-SC’s Jobs Institute helps students define career goals, builds their soft skills and provides practical experience through the Youth Employment Training Academy. Following YETA certification, students can work part-time with a HW-SC Employment Partner that helps them earn money while boosting their time-management and entry-level workforce skills.
Youth Development—Through regular check-ins with student families and other community supports, the YA provides guidance and advice that helps students stay focused and on course.
HW-SC students benefit from sustained partnerships with Youth Advocates, and with families, teachers, school staff and other community supports. The results are seen in their extraordinary graduation rates relative to their home districts. Involvement in the Youth Employment Training Academy (YETA) further improves their outcomes. The results below are from the HW-SC Classes of 2019:
HW-SC improves the lives of individual students and whole communities—and the program requires strong community support to keep going. Your generous donations can help HW-SC connect more students with their goals of graduation, college and career. Donate Today
"I’m a living and breathing product of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. The program works. And it started back in school. It took one Advocate to believe in me. Where would I be now without that? I don’t know.”
Participating School Districts
- Rochester City School District
- Gates-Chili Central School District
- Syracuse City School District
- Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland
- Binghamton City and Union-Endicott Central School Districts
- HW-SC Fast Facts
- HW-SC Service Sheet
- HW-SC Outcomes Report – Class of 2020
- Prior Outcomes Reports
- Benefit-Cost Analysis
- Regional Employment Partners
- Awards and Recognition
For More Information
- Executive Director
Wanda Cooper, Regional Executive Director
Karinda Shanes, Regional Executive Director
- Prince George’s County
Karene Brodie, Regional Executive Director