About Millicent E. Hill
Tapping into her vast skill base and long experience as a former teacher, Millicent Hill established Mama Hills' Help, an after-school organization to provide tutoring and a safe haven for at-risk children in South Los Angeles.
In today's inner city communities, such as South Los Angeles, high school drop out rates have never been higher; the prison population of blacks and browns is exploding; teen pregnancy and AIDS are epidemics; and unemployment and homelessness are the highest in 20 years. Classrooms are overcrowded with students suffering from poverty, pre-natal drug exposure, low self-esteem, depression, and incarcerated parents. Innocent children cannot focus at school because they have to walk through numerous gang turfs and crime infested streets just to get to school. Many of these children shoulder tremendous family burdens that stifle their ability to learn.
Mama Hill’s Help provides a safe and drug free place where every month neighborhood kids come to get help in tutoring, job skills training, violence and molestation prevention, gang intervention and prevention, anger management courses, conflict resolution, music appreciation, life skills, pregnancy prevention and abstinence, piano lessons, school exit exams, and college preparation.
Mama Hill’s youth are thriving, as each receives a healthy dose of love and encouragement along with the tutoring, mentoring and counseling services the program provides. 50% of Mama Hill’s Help students have increased parental and caretaker involvement in their achievement and academic careers; 75% of all graduates from Mama Hill’s Help are gainfully employed; 80% of Mama Hill’s Help students read above grade level; 90% of Mama Hill’s Help students have increased their social skills; 95% of the youth who have graduated from Mama Hill’s Help also graduated from high school. Many are now pursuing degrees at colleges across the nation; 100% of the (2006) graduates from Mama Hill’s Help, graduated from high school, in spite of nine students being identified as “at-risk” or special needs; 100% of Mama Hill’s Help students have been promoted to the next grade.
Functioning as the organization's executive director, Mama Hill is all things to the organization. She counsels students and parents, tutors in various subjects, leads field trips, coordinates special events, and works on fundraising activities.
Since the program's inception in 2000, she has helped hundreds of youth escape the violence of the streets. Locals in South Los Angeles look out for Mama Hill and her students, and most in the neighborhood recognize her house as a "safe haven" from gang activity. Many former gang members often stop by Mama Hill’s to speak to the children about the dangers of gangs and drugs.
Mama Hill’s Help is the recipient of numerous educational and public service awards. In 2007 Millicent Hill was nominated for the L’Oreal Woman Of Worth annual award. TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards
is honored that Millicent Hill has accepted its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.