Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013
Now in its third year, Summer of Service pairs HWS students with local organizations where they perform at least 300 hours of community service over the course of the summer.
"We're thrilled to have three interns paired with local community leaders in the third annual Summer of Service," says Katie Flowers, director of the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), which initiated the Summer of Service.
Jenna Klicker '14, Jessica Lynn '14 and Nicole O'Connell '16 are spending the summer volunteering at local organizations and working in the CCESL office, contributing "in significant ways to the goals of Geneva 2020 through their dedication to local youth, which is a theme to the 900 collective hours they will dedicate to the Geneva School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva," Flowers says.
Klicker is spending the majority of her summer working at Geneva High School with Assistant Principal Robert Smith. Her primary duties have included aiding administrators during the New York State Regents examinations and during the analysis of the results.
"It really is the perfect combination of data analysis and community service," says Klicker, who plans to work in nonprofit and service work after graduation. She hopes that completing a Summer of Service internship through CCESL will help her to gain valuable experience.
"This is definitely valuable nonprofit experience," she says. "It is great experience and an opportunity to figure out what I want to do. In addition, I have the opportunity to build more ties to the community."
Lynn is working at the Boys & Girls Club, as well as with the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children, which was established to ensure that children in low-income households continue to receive nutritious meals while school is not in session. Lynn is delivering meals, prepared at the West Street School, to children at the Goodman Street Boys & Girls Club, the Teen Center and the Salvation Army.
"Doing something like this is so meaningful and worthwhile," says Lynn. "It is really great to see the work that is being done and being a positive influence in kids' lives."
Lynn is no stranger to the CCESL office nor to service in Geneva. While this summer is her first time working at the Boys & Girls Club, she spent last year as the intern for the Community Lakefront Playground Program. During the coming academic year, Lynn will be the civic leader for literacy and will be responsible for overseeing the HWS America Reads program.
O'Connell is also serving at the Boys & Girls Club, as an art instructor for more than 50 students.
With plans to declare a biology major with minors in health professions and sign language, O'Connell is an active member of the HWS volunteer community, participating in Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity, Rotaract, and the Community Lunch Program.
"It is really good that our school has these programs," says O'Connell. "I like seeing how one person can impact another person and have a positive change. It is truly the greatest gift and the connections are unbeatable."
For more information about Summer of Service or other programming from the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning contact firstname.lastname@example.org.