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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April Empowered to Connect Conference

The Regional Permanency Resource Centers at Hillside is virtually hosting a conference designed to provide participants with techniques and tools to assist children impacted by adoption and foster care.  There are multiple dates and places to attend: Empowered to Connect – Rochester April 5 and 6, 10:00am – 6:00pm Hillside Conference Center 1 Mustard Street, Rochester, NY 14609 Registration is required and can be found here Empowered to Connect – Southern Tier April 5 and 6, 10:00am – 6:00pm Grace Community Church 580 West Water St., Painted Post, NY 14870 Registration is required and can be found here Empowered to…

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Varick Campus Announcement

Hillside to Discontinue Services at Varick Campus in 2019 Agency will not renew lease on facility; transition plan in process for youth, staff and residential treatment programs at other Hillside residential campuses Hillside Family of Agencies announced today it will not renew a 15-year lease of its Varick residential treatment campus when that lease expires in March 2020. Hillside assumed the lease for the residential campus in December 2004, at the request of New York State Office of Children and Family Services leaders after a previous residential service provider ceased operations at that site. The campus, located on the site…

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Maria Cristalli Named President & Chief Executive Officer of Hillside Family of Agencies

The Board of Governors of Hillside Family of Agencies has announced the appointment of Maria Cristalli as President and Chief Executive Officer. She succeeds Dennis M. Richardson, who retired from the top leadership role on June 30. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Cristalli has devoted her career to youth and families. She joined Hillside Family of Agencies in 1991 and has steadily taken on new leadership and executive responsibilities during her tenure. As Chief Strategy and Quality Officer, she provided vision, leadership and direction for Hillside’s strategic planning, quality improvement, business…

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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.  Starting in July and going to mid-August, 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. Find the location and meal times that work best for you New for…

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Hillside Family of Agencies President & CEO Dennis M. Richardson to Retire Effective June 30, 2018

Hillside Family of Agencies President & CEO Dennis M. Richardson to Retire Effective June 30, 2018 Richardson has led HFA’s growth and innovation since 1994 ROCHESTER, NY — Hillside Family of Agencies, one of the largest child-and-family human services organizations in the United States, announces the planned retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis M. Richardson. His retirement will be effective at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2018, following 24 years of service to the organization. Prior to joining Hillside Family of Agencies in 1994, Richardson was Executive Director of the Children’s Study Home in Springfield,…

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Hillside Family of Agencies Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Augustin Melendez to transition to Chief HROD Officer position; Paul Perrotto, Chief Financial and Strategic Development Officer, announces retirement effective June 30 ROCHESTER, NY — Hillside Family of Agencies, one of the largest child-and-family human services organizations in the United States, has announced key changes to its executive leadership team: Augustin Melendez, a member of Hillside’s leadership team since 2013, will transition from his role as President of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) to the role of Chief Human Resources and Organizational Development (HROD) Officer. Melendez, formerly a veteran human-resources executive at Eastman Kodak Company and Paychex, has been serving as…

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Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Announces Partnership with Binghamton City School District

Binghamton, NY — Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC), an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies, has launched its first partnership in the greater Binghamton area through a new agreement with the Binghamton City School District that will take effect this fall. HW-SC provides a wide range of supportive services to students in grades 9-12 who are vulnerable to factors that can prevent high school graduation, and helps them graduate from high school on time with college and career readiness. Core services including mentoring, life skills and workforce development are facilitated by the HW-SC Youth Advocate, a full-time professional who works closely…

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Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Announces Formation of Greater Washington Region

July 2017 – Prince George’s County, MD — Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC), an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies, has announced the formation of the Greater Washington service region, comprised of HW-SC programs in Prince George’s County, MD, and Washington, DC. HW-SC unleashes the potential of youth by providing positive youth development, academic support and college and career exploration to support their success in school and beyond. The program began serving Prince George’s County nine years ago, and launched a program in Washington, DC, in 2016. Karene Brodie, Executive Director, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, will oversee the new region. “We are…

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Parents as Teachers receives funding from state to support the expansion of early childhood anti-poverty initiatives

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced $4.75 million to support the expansion of early childhood anti-poverty initiatives as part of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI). Funding will support new summer learning programs, and child care and home visiting services for children and caregivers in the City of Rochester pilot neighborhoods targeted by the Anti-Poverty Initiative, including the EMMA neighborhood – East Main, Mustard & Atlantic Avenue – Beechwood and Marketview Heights. Parents as Teachers at Hillside will receive a portion of the funding to continue their work helping parents give their children the best start in life and to increase their…

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