Interesting numbers released today about the positive impact of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.
City and county officials joined the Hillside staff to present the results of a new study. It shows the program not only helps city school students, but also has a huge economic impact on our community as a whole.
"It helps the students become more self-sufficient,” says Executive Director Annette Gantt. “Graduation has great benefits for students who graduate high school and go on to post-secondary studies. It helps their families because they can contribute to their families as well. And overall it helps the greater community."
Hillside surveyed 100 people who have gone through the program. They found that by age 30 collectively, they will have earned one point six million dollars more than students who haven't gone through the program. That translates into a 16.7 percent increase in income for students in the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection.