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


Summer Academy Kicks Off 10th Year

As a neighbor and community partner of the Geneva City School District, the Colleges continue to seek multi-faceted ways to contribute to the success and well-being of young people living in Geneva. One such program, the two-week HWS Summer Academy, will embark on its 10th year of offering Geneva High School students of color the chance to take part in college-level courses. Founded by Professor ...  More >>

Gearan, Commissioners Release Report

President Mark D. Gearan joined other members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform in releasing recommendations and a report, "Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy," during an event in Washington, D.C., last week. Gearan is one of 29 commissioners who, over the course of the past 18 months, met at public and private insti...  More >>

Classes of 2014 Continue Service

Members of the Classes of 2014 celebrated their upcoming graduation by taking part in two service projects. The effort was created as an opportunity for seniors to give back to the community of which they have been a part for four years in one more way before they graduate. Seniors kicked off a book drive as part of Geneva 2020's literacy goal and pitched in as the Colleges' hosted 175 second gra...  More >>

Second-graders Visit HWS

When second grade students from Geneva's West Street School and St. Francis - St. Stephen's School arrived at the Vandervort Room for the Geneva 2020 program on May 5, they happily took their places at the tables awaiting them. As it turned out, most had been to the Colleges before. But organizers of the campus visit, including Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Servic...  More >>

Second Graders Visit Campus

More than 170 students and 10 teachers will visit campus on Monday, May 5 as part of Geneva 2020's efforts to build a stronger community and better prepare students for academic success. Students from Geneva's West Street School and from St. Francis - St. Stephen's School are participating. The day's events will begin with a welcome by President Mark D. Gearan and will include sessions on empower...  More >>

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Collective Impact: Geneva Community Lakefront Playground

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HWS Summer Academy

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To learn more about Geneva 2020, contact:
Katie Flowers
Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3825


To make a donation to Geneva 2020, please complete the donation form. All checks should be made out to the GCSD with "Geneva 2020" in the memo.

Fill out the Commitment Form to indicate an area of interest within the Geneva 2020 model. That interest could match one or more of the projects outlined on the Geneva 2020 Priorities list, or it could indicate a general range of expertise that could be of use to the Geneva City School District.