Diamonds are Forever: So too is a Culture of Philanthropy

RDI Diamonds is committed to doing well by doing good. Every time the wholesale diamond distributor’s five sales teams hit their daily goals, money is donated to a charity of each team’s choosing. Recently, Hillside was honored to be selected as the quarterly philanthropic focus for a gem of an RDI sales team. This culture of philanthropy was started by RDI owner Michael Indelicato who encourages his employees to make a difference in their communities through volunteerism, donations and participation in charitable events. By explaining that they are raising money for a worthy charity as part of their calls, RDI…

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Crestwood, Halpern Day Treatment Programs Affected by COVID-19

March 15, 2020—With the closure of Monroe County public schools due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hillside leaders made the following announcements today regarding two educational sites in Monroe County: Hillside’s Day Treatment program at Halpern Education Center, 695, Bay Rd., Webster, will close to students. Staff should report. The Day Treatment program at Hillside’s Crestwood Campus, 2075 Scottsville Rd., Rochester, will close to non-residential students. At this time, the on-campus school will remain open to youth receiving residential treatment services at Crestwood. Staff should report. Both changes take effect Monday, March 16, until further notice.

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NYS Assemblywoman Hunter Thanks and Inspires Hillside Staff

Pamela Hunter, Assemblywoman for NY’s 128th District, joined a recent Hillside staff meeting in Syracuse to thank Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) staff for all they do to make a difference for so many, including her family. Assemblywoman Hunter related her personal experience with HW-SC, having a son who was a student in the program several years ago. She opened up to staff about the challenging times he faced, and how thankful she was for his Youth Advocate who provided him structure and motivation. She also expressed gratitude for the services and programs HW-SC made available to help her son realize…

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Hillside’s Parents As Teachers Program Featured in “Thriving Forward” Podcast

Hillside’s Parents As Teachers (PAT) program is featured in a “Thriving Forward” podcast linked here which spotlights people involved in good works and projects in the Greater Rochester Area. Based on the principle that a parent is their child’s first teacher, our PAT program helps parents give their children the best possible start in life to increase school readiness and success for children of participating parents. In the podcast interview, Hillside PAT program manager Alice McAdam describes the research-based, early childhood parent education and family support program with Rochester Regional Health (RRH) pediatrician Dr. Sarah Collins-McGowan. Alice is joined by…

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Hillside and University of Buffalo Partnering on Grant-Funded Foster Care Research

Hillside is committed to using research to improve our services to youth and families. As part of that commitment, we’re partnering with the University of Buffalo (UB) on a project designed to support youth who “age out” of eligibility for foster care. A multidisciplinary UB research team has received an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and Amazon to develop a machine learning system that could eventually help caseworkers and human services agencies determine the best available services for the more than 20,000 youth who annually age out of foster care without rejoining their families. UB, a longtime research…

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HW-SC Helps the Perfect Granola Take a Bite Out of Hunger

What do The Perfect Granola and Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection have in common? More than you might think. Michele Liddle has earned well-deserved national attention for creating a mission-driven product to help fix hunger. Her company, The Perfect Granola, is a valued employment partner of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC), and a success story for our region and beyond. Understanding that the best way to fix hunger is through youth, she teamed with HW-SC students to do in-store product demonstrations where they learn about sales, product service, and even personal finance. Michelle’s Perfect Granola bar products are now shared with food pantries…

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Stillwater Campus Recognized by Cornell University

Hillside recently received exciting news about our ongoing commitment to bring more CARE to our work with youth and families. Stillwater, Hillside’s residential campus in Greene, NY, has been notified by Cornell University that the campus has earned certification in the Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) model, a leading-edge model for residential treatment. CARE, pioneered by Cornell’s Residential Child Care Project (RCCP), is an innovative service model that standardizes six guiding principles of care and ensures they are applied in all engagements with youth and families. Hillside has embraced the CARE model for years, having previously achieved certification at the…

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Dressing Down for Success: ConServe’s Jeans for Charity Program Supports Hillside

In 2007, a Rochester-area company relaxed its dress code to give back to its community in a big way. Employees of ConServe, an accounts receivable management agency, are allowed to wear jeans to work if they donate $10 to a local charity. On February 5, ConServe’s Jeans for Charity program celebrated the fundraising milestone of raising $1 million in donations since its inception. Hillside’s Special Santa annual holiday giving project has been a recipient of their tremendous generosity since the beginning, receiving $48,000 from ConServe over the years. ConServe’s Jeans for Charity program perfectly illustrates how seemingly little things can…

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Non-Profit Board Leaders

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Regional Director Wanda Cooper joined a team of inspiring professionals as panelists at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders event on Thursday, January 30. At the “How To Make a Difference on Non-Profit Boards” event, Wanda and other business leaders currently making a difference on non-profit boards shared some of their first-hand experiences, challenges and success stories. Thanks to Wanda and her fellow esteemed panelists for motivating young leaders helping to build a stronger, greater Rochester!

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Hillside Program Recognized in NYS Business Council Video

The New York State Business Council recently recognized Hillside with a Member Spotlight video that calls attention to leading New York State businesses, organizations or programs. We chose to put our “spotlight” on Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC), which has empowered at-risk high school students since 1987. Youth who participate in HW-SC enjoy dramatically increased graduation rates compared to their peers: in 2018, 90 percent of young people who started the program in Grade 9 graduated on time. These and other impact measures are available in our most recent HW-SC Outcomes Report. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is a public-private partnership that requires…

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