HWSC in Rochester

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection helps Rochester-area students stay in school, earn their high school diplomas and prepare for higher education or employment.

Currently, more than 2,300 students are enrolled in HWSC from 15 high schools in the Rochester City, Greece Central and Gates-Chili Central school districts. These young people enter the program in grades 7 through 9, and receive 360-degree support from school-based Youth Advocates who help them develop good habits, acquire social skills, and achieve their potential for success at home, in school and at work.

A Model that Works

Year over year, HWSC’s model brings positive outcomes for participating Rochester-area students, their families, and their community, seen in these on-time graduation rates among participating Rochester-area students from the Classes of 2022:

  • HWSC ENROLLED 90% 90%

Joining HWSC in Grade 9 or earlier sharply increases the likelihood of on-time graduation compared to non-participating students.

  • HWSC RETAINED 92% 92%

Students who remain in HWSC throughout high school enjoy even greater results.


Students who are YETA-certified and employed by an HWSC employment partner see the highest graduation rates of any segment of the program.

These and other insights are included in our HWSC Outcomes Report for the Class of 2022.

Regional Employment Partners

Rochester-area employers are invaluable partners in the success of HWSC and our students. HWSC Employer Partners recognize the importance of a new generation of ready-to-work young people. We’re proud to collaborate with these following partners to link HWSC students with individualized resources and experiences that make such a difference in their lives.

For More Information

To learn more about HWSC’s Rochester-area activities, contact Roderick Green, Executive Director, at 585-256-7500 or info@hillside.com.

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