One of the 50 largest school systems in the country, Prince George’s County Schools is straining to accommodate a jump in population, even while graduation rates have fallen to 60% in the past decade – 10% below the national average. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is committed to improving those rates and has the track record to prove it can. A nationally-recognized youth development program, it serves over 200 at-risk youth at five middle and high schools, developing the “whole student” with an approach that interweaves academics, social services, and employment. Young Advocates serve as mentors in school, at home, and on-the-job. Academic tutoring offers support in all subjects (from English to Calculus), on state assessments and standardized tests, and provides help navigating the tricky college application process. Students complete an intensive, 25-hour youth employment training program and, following an interview process, receive job placements at employment partner sites, enabling them to build their resumes while polishing their job skills. And the numbers speak for themselves: in 2012, 98% of HW-SC seniors graduated from high school. What a difference.

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