When a community comes together to support a single cause, the results can be truly transformative.

Geneva 2020 is an important effort to advance the Geneva schools and build a stronger community. By harnessing the resources of the entire Geneva community – non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals – we can provide assistance in three key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva’s children:

  • graduation rate
  • career and college readiness
  • literacy


10 Years of Festival of Nations

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the community-wide, annual Festival of Nations sponsored by the Geneva City School District and Hobart and William Smith Colleges marks its 10th year of celebrating the diverse cultures of the Geneva community. "Over the past 10 years, we have partnered with just about every organization in Geneva," says Nikki Kersbergen, grants coordinator for the Geneva City School Distric...  More >>

Geneva Second Graders Visit Campus

On Friday, April 29, the Hobart and William Smith community will host students from Geneva-area elementary schools as part of Geneva 2020's efforts to build a stronger community and better prepare students for academic success. The day's events will introduce more than 100 local second graders to a college setting, with activities focusing on literacy and career possibilities. The program was ins...  More >>

Service Opportunities with Geneva Heroes

Geneva Heroes, the mentorship program that pairs HWS students with students from the Geneva City School District (GCSD), is actively recruiting more volunteers as the group finalizes its service and community engagement projects for the spring semester. From volunteering with local organizations and businesses, to engaging in on-campus activities with the larger HWS community, Geneva Heroes melds...  More >>

Festival of Nations 2015

Celebrating international cultures in tandem with a back-to-school theme, local students, families, community partners and members of the Hobart and William Smith community recently joined together for the ninth annual Festival of Nations. A successful gathering that filled the halls of the Geneva High and Middle Schools, the event provided the opportunity for area students and families to engage...  More >>

Geneva's Ninth Graders Visit HWS

As part of Geneva 2020, 180 ninth-grade students from Geneva High School visited Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Tuesday, Oct. 13. This is the fifth year the Colleges have hosted Geneva's ninth graders on campus, and the second time the Geneva High School Class of 2019 have visited HWS. The visit was designed to help students gain a fuller understanding of college life and included a series ...  More >>

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To learn more about Geneva 2020, contact:

Amy Jackson Sellers
Geneva 2020 Program Coordinator
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3825

Thank you

Geneva 2020 gratefully acknowledges The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund for supporting our work.



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Geneva, NY 14456
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