Participating schools include; Corcoran, Fowler and Nottingham high schools in Syracuse, New York, and at the Rome Free Academy in Rome, New York.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is pleased to announce that it has hired 10 new youth advocates to support students at Corcoran, Fowler and Nottingham high schools in Syracuse, New York, and at the Rome Free Academy in Rome, New York. HW-SC is a nationally recognized 26-year-old youth development program that helps at-risk youth stay in school and successfully graduate with the skills and confidence they need to become college- and career-ready.
The unique HW-SC model pairs students with a professional youth advocate from middle school or 9th grade, through graduation and up to two years post-high school. School-based youth advocates serve as mentors and role models, working directly with students to address their individual needs and the obstacles impeding their success. Services include targeted academic supports, such as tutoring, test preparation, college readiness, academic skill building, year-round academic enrichment and after-school programming.
HW-SC’s newest youth advocates include:
Corcoran High School
- JaQuan Denson of North Syracuse
- Jillian Mangoni of Syracuse
- Patrick Clifford of East Syracuse
G.W. Fowler High School
- Mark Solan of Syracuse
- Tiffany DeMoya of Salina
- Ivanna Abreu of Syracuse
Nottingham High School
- Aleesha Czyz of Cicero
Rome Free Academy
- Brent Lovett of Rome
- Mel Fite of Yorkville
Syracuse City School District’s Middle School Alternative Program @ Phoenix Center
- Steve Price of Syracuse
About Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
Founded in 1987, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies, one of the oldest and largest family and youth non-profit human services organization in New York State. This nationally recognized program addresses the chronically low graduation rates and job readiness of high school youth, and annually serves nearly 1,000 youth at risk of failing to graduate from high school in Syracuse. The program connects students to a full-time school-based youth advocate, employment training, college preparation support and tutoring services, while helping youth stay engaged in the classroom earning their high school diplomas. In the 2013-14 school year, 96 percent of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection’s youth that had gone through its Youth Employment Training Academy and were employed by one HW-SC’s Employment Partners graduated on time. For more information, visit www.hillside.com.