Hillside Celebrates Families in Parents as Teachers Program

Hillside held a Parents as Teachers (PAT) Parent Appreciation Event and 35th Anniversary Celebration on November 8 at our Mustard Street Conference Center in Rochester. PAT is an early-childhood parent education and family support program designed to help parents give their children the best possible start in life, and increase school readiness and success. The family-oriented event acknowledged parents for promoting the optimal early development, learning and health of their children through participating in PAT. Our program was recently recognized by the national Parents as Teachers organization as an exemplary Blue Ribbon Affiliate, delivering high-quality services to children and families.…

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Robert W. August Named Outstanding Philanthropist

All of Hillside congratulates Robert W. August for being honored as “Outstanding Philanthropist” by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on November 1. The National Philanthropy Day event at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center recognized August and other community leaders who devote their time, treasure and energy to a variety of causes -embodying the true spirit of generosity. For August, supporting Hillside is a family tradition. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, he became involved with Hillside in the mid-1980s and joined the Hillside Children’s Foundation Board of Trustees in May 2013. In…

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Gamma Phi Beta and Hillside: A Shared History of Caring

For more than 50 years, Hillside and the children and families we serve have held a special place in the hearts of Rochester-area Gamma Phi Beta women. Since the service sorority chapter first made Hillside its local philanthropy focus, their support has taken many forms. This has included donating and volunteering for our Camp Possibilities facility and the annual Special Santa project, and holding garage sales and fundraising events. For one twice-annual Gamma Phi Beta effort, the sorority sisters decorating and fill “emergency care bags” for youth at our Monroe and Crestwood residential treatment campuses. Members of the sorority recently…

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Open WNY Interview Events November 12 and 26

Are you looking for a rewarding career that can make a difference in a young person’s life? If so, Hillside may be looking for you. We are hosting two open interview events for our Western New York programs that provide services to children and young adults with developmental disabilities. We will be hiring for Direct Support Professional (DSP) openings and interviewing on the spot. When: 3:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 26 Where: Fantastic Friends of WNY, 1284 French Road, Depew, NY 14043 Requirements: High School Diploma/GED, and New York State Driver’s License Hillside DSPs provide…

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Hillside Holds Superintendent’s Conference Day

Much like school districts in your communities, Hillside’s multiple schools come together each year for a Superintendent’s Day event that enables in-service learning and idea sharing, with the goal of helping our educators be as effective as possible. Hillside held an educational and engaging Superintendent’s Conference Day on October 18 at Kodak Center in Rochester. The “Teaching and Learning: Exploring Cultural Competency & Personalized Instruction” conference was informative, interactive and relevant to its Hillside educator attendees. Greece Central School District administrators Brandin Jones and Jennifer Wesp-Liestman gave the conference’s keynote presentation, “The Role of Anti-Racism in Education – How to…

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Inaugural IRA Costume Ball Puts a New Spin on Support

Hillside’s first Annual IRA Costume Ball for individuals we support in Developmental Disabilities Services was held at Rochester’s Photo City Improv on October 14. This remarkable event offered Hillside youth and young adults a special night out of dining, DJ music and dancing. Photo City Improv owner Dan Nielson and his partners Bob Canfield and Johnny Cattani generously donated their event space, time and support for the costume ball. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint provided a sumptuous dinner package for the 70+ guests who included family and friends. “DJ CMac,” aka Hillside staff member Chris Macomber) donated his time and…

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Noted Author G. Neri Chats with Hillside Students

Through a partnership with the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries and the Monroe County Library System (MCLS), Hillside brought Coretta Scott King award-winning author G. Neri to speak with 70 students in a series of discussions held on October 7. The author visits were the culmination of a months-long project in which students from three Hillside schools participating in a summertime “Everybody Reads” program, conducted in partnership with the Rochester Central Branch of the MCLS. Each participating school read a different book by G. Neri: kids from the Andrews Trahey School on the Monroe Campus read Tru…

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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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