ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Meet Hillside Family of Agencies President of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Augustin “Augie” Melendez.
A 25-year-old nationally recognized youth development program, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection provides youth development programs including academic support, part-time employment experience and long-term mentoring. The program serves more than 4,000 middle and high school students in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Prince George’s County, M.D.
Melendez joined the Hillside Family of Agencies affiliate after spending 13 years at Eastman Kodak Company where he served as the director of Human Resources and vice president; chief diversity and community affairs officer. Before joining Kodak, Melendez was the director of human resources at Paychex, Inc. He also served as director of human resources and deputy superintendent of operations for the Rochester City School District.
Melendez has also served on the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection’s board of directors for six years. “I have seen first-hand the incredible impact the program is making in the community—I am thrilled and proud to be part of such an innovative organization” Melendez said. “My corporate leadership experience coupled with my knowledge and immense experience with Rochester City Public Schools, will allow me to continue to position Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection as a successful, nationally recognized program.”
"Augie brings a unique set of values and experiences to Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection that will propel this national model to even greater success and prominence," said president and CEO of Hillside Family of Agencies, Dennis Richardson. “His highly successful career in the for-profit sector, coupled with his experience with and passion for Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection make Augie the ideal leader we have been searching for."
Richardson say under Melendez’s leadership, Hillside Family of Agencies plans to continue to focus Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection’s impact within the four communities served by increasing the percent of students graduating, attending college and/or finding a job, expand the number of employer partners for HW-SC’s youth and further establish funding sustainability.