Youth in Action

Schedule of Events for January 19-24

Monday January 19

Make Monday, January 19th, your day on – not a day off – by volunteering in our local community in honor of Dr. King’s memory. Our campus will join with others across the country who “keep the dream alive” through service activities on the MLK Holiday.

Participate locally on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 19th, 2009 in one of two ways:

    Day of Service
  • Join students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers as they honor the life and work of Dr. King by participating in several organized service events at pre-arranged service sites in and around Geneva. Possible times to serve are as follows:

    9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Students interested in serving should contact CCESL Assistant Director Katie Flowers at by Jan. 14. Students will then be placed in a service opportunity in the community and contacted with further details.

  • Spend the day helping others on your own or with another group of your choice. Check out the official MLK Day “How to Serve” website for ideas. Having a “day on” could be something as simple as assisting a neighbor with a project that requires an extra set of hands, shoveling snow for someone who is not able, visiting home-bound elders in your neighborhood or a local care facility. Be creative—be of service!

9:30 a.m. Annual Memorial March, Service and Dinner

Starts at the Public Safety Building on Exchange Street and ends at the First United Methodist Church at 340 South Main Street.

A van will be available at the Intercultural Affairs Center at 9:15 a.m. to transport students to the Public Safety Building.

Once at the First United Methodist Church, join community members for the MLK Day Service followed by the annual Fellowship Dinner. The dinner will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Fay Maureen Butler ’84. No reservations needed.

Butler is the Deputy Director of Enrollment Services at the CUNY Office of Admissions. She is also the founder and director of Rohoboth College Counseling Services. Her research and academic interests focus on African American high school students. She is especially interested in how and why they choose colleges or other pathways. As a student at HWS, she was a political science major, a member of Hai Timiai Honor Society and a Heron basketball player. After receiving her B.A. at William Smith, Butler went on to earn her M.A., M.Ed. and an Ed.D. from Columbia.

6:00 p.m. Happy Birthday, Dr. King

Birthday Cake and Student Performances

Scandling Campus Center

Open to HWS and Geneva Community Members

Tuesday, January 20

10:00 a.m. Inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama

Scandling Campus Center

Live CNN coverage all day starting at 10:00 a.m. on all televisions in Scandling, the Student Organization Suite, Scandling Café and all three screens in the Vandervort Room

5:30 p.m. Inauguration Celebration

Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center

Open to HWS and Geneva community members

Featuring emcee Ted Baker from WGVA Radio, President Mark D. Gearan, a viewing of the inauguration, a live call from Geneva residents Dan and Liz Howard who will be in DC for the Inauguration and light refreshments.

Café and Saga open for dinner as usual.

7:30 p.m. MLK Community Reception

Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center

Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. John S. Walker, Christian Friendship Baptist Church, Rochester, N.Y.

Walker was a student at the Rochester Divinity School during the race riots in Rochester, N.Y. in 1964. Walker will recall on his own experiences, contextualize the election and inauguration of Barack Obama within the Civil Rights Movement and reflect on the power of youth in action.

Wednesday, January 21

5 – 7:00 p.m. Geneva’s Young Voices Speak: A Community Forum

Geneva Pubic Library

Moderated by Patty D’Amico, the Director of the Ontario County Youth Bureau, the discussion will focus on the five areas targeted by youth leaders as areas of concern including: Safety (safety on the streets and having a safe place to congregate and to have activities); Recreation (having things to do and a place in which to do them); Voice (having opportunities to voice concerns and contributions to the community); Mutual Respect (with each other, families, school, community people, police); and Transportation (how to get places).

Panelists, who will each bring a youth representative, include:

  • Stu Einstein, Mayor of Geneva, representing the city and city agencies, addressing safety and transportation issues.
  • Jermaine Phillip, Director of the Geneva Boys and Girls Club, Teen Center Manager, addressing youth having a voice
  • Janelle Toner, Director of the Geneva Recreation Center, addressing having things to do and a place in which to do them


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