Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Receives $243,000 Grant from The Florence M. Muller Foundation

A three-year grant totaling $243,000 was recently awarded by The Florence M. Muller Foundation to Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC), Hillside’s nationally recognized youth development program. With the grant of $81,000 per year, HW-SC will be able to support 27 students as they navigate their high school years and work toward their goals of graduation, college and career. Established in 2004, The Florence M. Muller Foundation derives its mission from the principles of its founder, a Rochester native who believed passionately in the importance of education as a fundamental element in a successful life. Mrs. Muller, a longtime supporter and Board…

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Hillside Staff Member Achieves Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Congratulations to Alison Bottone for achieving her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology for driving process improvement using a standard roadmap and a set of tools. The Green Belt program requires eight days of training, leadership and successful completion of an improvement project, presentation of that project to a leadership team, and successful passing of a final knowledge check that covers the body of knowledge of Lean Six Sigma as well as conducting statistical data analysis. Since December 2012, we have certified 40 Green Belts at Hillside!

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Hillside Youth Meet NASCAR Driver Joey Logano and Pro Bowler Kyle Troup

Youth from Hillside’s Monroe Residential Campus, Reinvesting in Youth and Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection programs met NASCAR drive Joey Logano and pro bowler Kyle Troup at Radio Social in Rochester. Logano and Troup were in town to promote NASCAR’s return to Watkins Glen International next month. Hillside youth bowl at Radio Social once a week and were invited to this private event to enjoy some summer fun. The youth bowled and played games with the visiting athletes and even received some pro-tips on how to improve their game. We are thankful for community partners like Radio Social who can make once-in-a…

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Hillside Program Highlighted in Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services

An article examining the community impact of a Hillside program has been published in the latest edition of Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services. “The Impact of an Alternative to Detention Program on Developmental Assets for Adolescents Involved in the Juvenile Justice or Legal System” was written by Hillside leaders Laura Maggiulli, PhD, LMSW, Director of Research; Jennifer Perry, BA, Program Manager; and Joan Aiello, MS, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst. The article reports on a study on Reinvesting in Youth (RIY), a Hillside program that supports Rochester-area youth at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Among RIY’s key…

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Christopher Peterson Joins Hillside Family of Agencies as Chief Financial Officer

Hillside Family of Agencies announced today that Christopher Peterson will join the health, education and human-services organization as Chief Financial Officer. His new position takes effect Monday, July 22. As CFO, Peterson will provide comprehensive fiscal analysis and oversight for Hillside, a multi-affiliate organization with budgeted operations of $138 million as of Fiscal Year 2020. A member of Hillside’s Chief Executive Team, he will play a lead role in charting the future and fiscal wellbeing of the 182-year-old family of agencies. Peterson brings to Hillside nearly 25 years of experience in financial leadership and fiscal acumen, including 12 years as…

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2019 Summer Meal Program

Free Summer Meal Sites across New York and around the country Learning and good nutrition do not end when school lets out. The USDA Summer Food Service Program helps provide nutritious meals to children so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow.  This summer, youth ages 18 years and younger can receive FREE breakfast, lunch, or snack served at community recreation centers, summer school locations and other neighborhood sites around New York State, Maryland and throughout the country. Learn More

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Hillside Believe in Kids Golf Classic Raises More Than $35,000 to Support Youth in our Communities

On June 17, 70 golfers raised more than $35,000 for youth and families in our community at the Hillside Believe in Kids Golf Classic at Monroe Golf Club. Hillside Children’s Foundation Trustees Erin Hiller (PwC) and Tom Newberg (J.P. Morgan) co-chaired the event which included lunch, 18 holes of golf, raffles, contests and prizes. The tournament was presented by Upstate Pharmacy and sponsored by Brown & Brown of New York, Dopkins & Company, Emcor Services Betlem, Nixon Peabody and Power Management. Proceeds from the event will help strengthen our programs and mission to support healthier youth, stronger families and thriving…

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HW-SC Leader Connects with Lt. Gov. Hochul During Albany Conference

Rod Green, Executive Director of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, had a recent opportunity to speak with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul about Hillside’s work in supporting successful pathways in youth education and employment. Rod was in Albany to attend the Business and Education Forum: Pathways to Success meeting, and to deliver a “Ted Talk” presentation about HW-SC’s extraordinary community impact.

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Ann S. Rollo Joins Hillside Family of Agencies as Chief Advancement Officer

Ann S. Rollo has been named Chief Advancement Officer of Hillside Children’s Foundation, an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies. In this executive position, Rollo will lead the coordinated efforts of Hillside’s Foundation and Communications & Marketing teams. She will provide a strategic vision for all fundraising activities and programs across HFA and its affiliates, including developing and executing philanthropic strategies, promoting Hillside services to varied constituencies, and generating new interest in and support for Hillside’s community-oriented mission. Rollo brings to Hillside more than 25 years of experience in developing and implementing innovative strategies for successful fundraising and communications programs.…

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Shakespeare from the Streets Gives Local Youth a Fresh Perspective on Their Lives

Rochester-area youth are currently rehearsing for a unique production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as part of “Shakespeare from the Streets,” a project of Hillside’s Reinvesting in Youth program. Shakespeare’s works involve such universal themes as justice and revenge, the search for power, family dynamics, the relationship of grief to violence and the power of love and redemption. Using the text of the play, the teen performers in the “Shakespeare from the Streets” project are tapping into those themes and others, and learning to view and explore their own life situations through a theatrical lens. RIY serves area youth who…

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