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PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

APPLY ONLINE

You may now apply online for the following programs:

  • America Reads
  • America Counts
  • Boys and Girls Club Volunteer Corps
  • Alternative Spring Break (Domestic Trips)

Temporarily Under Construction. Applications will be available online later this summer. Thank you for your patience.

America Counts

To prepare for college and promising careers, students need to master advanced skills in mathematics. Yet, far too many students finish high school without mastering the challenging mathematics necessary for success in higher education and in our competitive knowledge-based economy. While U.S. fourth graders perform above the international average - as our students successfully acquire basic computation skills-math performance begins to decline in the middle school years, and U.S. students perform significantly below the international average by the end of secondary school.

To address this issue, William Smith student Lindsay Brown, '05, with the support of the CCESL staff and Education Professor Jim Makinster, established an America Counts partnership with the Geneva Middle School during her senior year. Her dedication to helping these students increase their math proficiency and overall confidence was well received by the students, her peer tutors and the Geneva Middle School teachers. Brown utilized her experiences with America Counts for her thesis the year she received a Master's in Teaching from the education department, and the America Counts program remains a popular choice for HWS students with advanced math skills.

If federally work study eligible, tutors are paid minimum wage, otherwise, volunteers are welcome and appreciated! Transportation is provided and tutors choose 2 out of 4 days to work with the middle school students and are supervised by a peer coordinator (a student with previous America Counts experience).

For more information about the America Counts program, visit the US Department of Education website.

America Reads

One of the Center's flagship programs involves Hobart and William Smith students tutoring elementary school children at six schools in three surrounding school districts in our campus chapter of a national program known as America Reads. Students go as a group on a regular schedule to the schools, where they work one on one with first through third-graders on reading skills. Tutors are also given the opportunity to reflect on their experience and relate it to broader literacy and public policy issues.

Tutors need no previous reading education experience; a complete training session is provided before they begin. This is followed up with supplemental training over the course of the semester and continuous support from a "veteran" tutor known as a student coordinator who leads each team. A lesson plan is developed for the student for each session and goals mutually set between the tutor and student for the next session.

Interested HWS students must be willing to commit to the program for a semester, although they are encouraged to make a yearlong commitment.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. HWS helps with community-based mentoring in which Bigs and Littles meet for an hour a week in their community to share fun activities, stories and a little bit of themselves. For more information please contact Berta Bennett at bbennett@bbbsr.org.

Blood Drive

In conjunction with the local Red Cross, CCESL sponsors three blood drives on campus annually; one in October on or near Halloween, one in February, and another in April. If you wish to donate blood off campus at another date or time, contact your local Red Cross organization to find local blood drive dates and locations off campus. Please e-mail serve@hws.edu for more information.

Boys & Girls Club Volunteer

Boys & Girls Clubs of Geneva groups of volunteers who may want to contribute their time to working with our youth. If interested, you can apply to volunteer. We send volunteers to the Geneva Community Center to work with middle and high school aged students, and to the Goodman Street club to work with elementary aged students. Many opportunities are available in the areas of recreation and sports, arts and crafts, drama, dance, music, leadership development, fundraising, special events, chaperoning, computer literacy training, clerical support and more! For more information, please e-mail serve@hws.edu.

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

CCESL Student Assistant

All positions will assist in general office functions (phone, typing, filing, copying, etc.) and any work that comes up on a daily basis. In addition, each position will have specific areas of responsibility. Please fill out an application form to apply.

Community Based Research Project

Community Based Research (CBR) projects entail a semester long commitment devoted to the exploration of a vital community issue. Students with exceptional initiative work collaboratively with a community partner and faculty sponsor. Responsibilities vary based upon the specific details within the proposal and will likely include independent research, weekly check-ins with community partner and faculty sponsor, and a concluding presentation or project. CBR projects can count towards a student's major (see course requirements) or as Geneva Collaborative Internship (GCIP 401). Please review the application and contact Katie Flowers in CCESL.

Honorary Board Member Program

Civic participation on boards of not-for-profits is critical to the functioning of our society and an important component of engaged citizenship. This program gives our students an opportunity to see how an agency governing board functions by serving on one during college. Interested students are given training on "Board Basics" and then placed on boards that request an HWS student. In the past, students have served on the following boards: Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, the Geneva Boys and Girls Club, the Geneva Public Library, Success for Geneva's Children and the United Way of Ontario County. For more information, please email serve@hws.edu.

Community Lunch Program

For two months out of the school year, the Colleges' community is in charge of Thursdays with the local community "soup kitchen." Students, sometimes with the help of faculty and staff, plan, prepare, and serve lunch to those in need in the Geneva area, as well as spend time with them over the meal. Students can and do volunteer at other times as well. This is a very popular service and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information, contact Jeremy Wattles, Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. At the 2007 Commencement, former director Marge Shanahan, was given an Honorary Degree for managing and directing this program for over ten years as well as her dedication to service and her commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people of Geneva.

Community Service House

Community Service House, located at 737 South Main St., is a student cooperative house where the residents have pledged to volunteer weekly with various community agencies as well as sponsor all-campus community service events. These students serve as a resource to other students and clubs on campus and take a major role in Day of Service. The house also serves as a host site for public service activities. To learn more about the house, visit the Office of Residential Education.

Current Community Service House Residents can access the online hours log by clicking here.

Engaged Citizenship Speakers Forum

The Engaged Citizenship Speakers Forum is intended to bring to campus individuals, particularly graduates of the Colleges, who are making positive contributions to the public good in a variety of fields. The intent is to give our students an opportunity to meet people who are living lives of consequence. Topics for the inaugural year of the program include the environment, children, international issues, poverty, women's issues and gay rights.

Listen to a past lecture given by Alan Van Capelle, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, MP3 format.

First-Year Orientation Service-Learning Project

Since the fall of 2000, the entering classes at HWS have participated in a service-learning project during Orientation. This introduction to the community highlights the importance of service for The Colleges as an institution. Annually, students service at approximately 40 locations around Geneva and the Finger Lakes region. On this day, volunteers from campus and the surrounding area come together with the common purpose of giving back to the greater Geneva community.

Geneva Heroes

An eight-week service and leadership program for approximately 20-25 local middle and high school students created, staffed, and run by Hobart and William Smith students. HWS students recruit participants and then lead them in teambuilding, leadership, and service activities. In past years the groups participated in a day of Project Adventure leadership and teambuilding exercises, assisted in unearthing and righting headstones in historic Washington Street Cemetery, stripped and waxed floors at the Geneva Food Pantry, raked leaves with President Gearan for elderly citizens as part of the public service project during inauguration weekend, cleaned and landscaped at Lakeview Mental Health, cleaned and moved furniture at the Boys and Girls Club, and participated in activities with the residents of Seneca Terrace assisted living center. For more information, please e-mail serve@hws.edu.

Habitat for Humanity, HWS Chapter

With support from the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, students initiated and completed the process to form a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The group regularly helps in the building of houses with the Yates and Ontario County Habitat affiliates. Since its inception, the group has worked to raise money for an "HWS House" in Geneva. Contact habitat@hws.edu or CCESL for more information on how to become involved.

Holiday Gift Program

CCESL organizes a gift drive with local social service agencies which historically generates over $5,000 in gifts which are donated to local families in need. Gift collection begins in November and continues through the holiday season.

Mentor

Information about mentoring and opportunities to mentor are available, including:

Public Relations/Publicity Specialist

Will assist with press releases, office publications, web-site update and set up a weekly public service show on WEOS.

Readers College Classes

The “CESL199” Civic Engagement and Service Learning half-credit courses provide opportunities for students to engage in and reflect upon critical social issues through reading, discussion, and experiential learning. Service-learning is a vital component to each course, allowing students to apply in-class learning while having a positive impact on local, national, and/or global communities. Students are challenged to consider axioms including “to whom much has been given, much is expected,” “what are the civic responsibilities of citizenship?” and “is action the best response to a societal ill?” Email serve@hws.edu for current CESL199 options.

Rotaract

Rotaract is the campus version of Rotary, an international service organization that has chapters across the world (the high school equivalent is Interact). Both Rotary and Rotaract promote service and international understanding. The HWS Rotaract sponsors a number of service activities and works with the Geneva Rotary Club on some of its events. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary. Contact serve@hws.edu for more information about how to get involved in Rotaract.

Service Abroad Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have developed an affiliation with the National University of Ireland, Galway to provide students with the opportunity to live and study among Irish students at an Irish university. A service learning project, required of all students and linked to the Director's Seminar, provides a unique opportunity for students to work with a local community service agency in Galway. Through reflective journal exercises, the community work allows for a greater understanding of Irish life and culture and chance to meet everyday residents of Galway.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have developed an affiliation with Trinity College in Wales. Trinity College is known for its commitment to community engagement and this commitment permeates its innovative curriculum. HWS students will have the opportunity to live and take classes alongside Welsh and international classmates. To facilitate engagement with the local community, all students must participate in an academic or extracurricular immersion experience; this may include a credit-bearing internship, a school practicum, or a service-learning project. Many Trinity college courses include such components and can be used to fulfill this requirement.

Service Club Officer

For more information contact Student Activities.

Youth Sports Coach