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


Community Based Literacy Workshop

The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) and The Syracuse University Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (Shaw Center) will present an interactive workshop on Community Based Literacy Tutoring Initiatives on Friday, Nov. 21. The workshop is a collaboration of the two institutions and New York Campus Compact, a regional roundtable that seeks to share ideas...  More >>

Sixth Graders to Visit HWS

Middle School students from the Geneva City School District (GCSD) will spend a half day on campus learning about opportunities available to college students, such as hands-on research and civic engagement, as well as how to set goals for themselves and work to attain them. The event, on Oct. 14, will be the first formal visit to campus for this cohort of Geneva's sixth graders and is part of a G...  More >>

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 >>

Gearan Honors Geneva Graduating Seniors

President Mark D. Gearan recently attended the Geneva High School (GHS) Academic Awards Ceremony to honor GHS seniors who would be attending Hobart and William Smith in the fall. The annual ceremony, which celebrates the high school's graduating senior class for its academic and extracurricular achievements, took place in the GHS auditorium this June. Gearan began by thanking Geneva City Schools ...  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


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