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HWSC receives $1.95 million to expand operation

Rochester Business Journal
February 17, 2014

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection has received a $1.95 million investment for its operation in Prince George's County, Md. The funding, officials said, will give 870 middle- and high-school students from high-risk neighborhoods help to succeed in school and life.

The Rochester-based non-profit organization received the investment from Venture Philanthropy Partners. HWSC works with students, giving them support services for school and work, and keeping them on track to graduation. In 2013 the organization was named to the Catalogue of Philanthropy of Greater Washington and the Social Impact Exchange S&I 100, an index of top-performing U.S. non-profits that are poised for growth.

“Throughout this region, there are too many young people who want to succeed but lack the necessary skills and support to overcome the many barriers to their success,” said Carol Thompson Cole, Venture Philanthropy Partners president and CEO. “With this investment from VPP, Hillside will more than triple the number of young people it serves in the National Capital Region.

“Over time, this program has the potential to change the lives of thousands of youth, helping them on the path to graduation and career success and ultimately contributing to the economic vitality of some of our challenged communities.”

 The investment will allow Hillside to bring on additional staff and expand the network of local employers participating in the program. By the 2017 school year, VPP’s funding will allow HWSC to expand into nine schools in Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative zones, those that face significant economic, health, safety and educational challenges, HWSC officials said.
 
“We are grateful for the generous funding from VPP and are glad to see this program thriving in Prince George’s County,” said Augustin Melendez, HWSC president. “Our success is made possible because of the support from a wide range of caring community partners who all share our belief — that if given the right support, young people can achieve success at home, at school and in the workplace.”
 
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