During the week prior to Orientation, members of the incoming Classes of 2016 will have the opportunity to take part in two Pre-Orientation Adventure Program (POAP) projects centered on the theme of civic engagement. Hobart students Richie Bonney and Aboubacar Okeke-Diagne and William Smith students Olivia Dudo and Devan Mizzoni will lead the two ventures – one to aid Habitat for Humanity and the other, referred to as “Geneva 101,” aimed at introducing new students to the many service projects HWS students regularly take part in throughout Geneva.
“These trips are really exciting and designed to introduce the students to all the different service opportunities Geneva has to offer,” says program organizer Jess Lynn ’14.
Habitat for Humanity has partnered with HWS during Orientation in years past; this year, work with Habitat will entail aiding in the restoration of a home on Hawkins Avenue to help a family in need. Participating students will comprise about half of the pre-orientation group and will live together in the Community Service theme house on campus.
As part of Geneva 101, two of the program mentors will lead the group of incoming first years to multiple locations around Geneva to introduce them to the different service projects in which HWS takes part. Among locations to be visited are the Geneva YMCA, Geneva Building Improvement District, Geneva High School and Geneva General Hospital.
Dudo, a sociology major, looks forward to leading the Habitat for Humanity trip. “I wanted to be a counselor for POAP because of the impact the program had on me as a first year,” she explains. “I had amazing counselors that helped me to settle into a new place while also encouraging me to step out of my comfort zones. I left my parents nervously mid-August last year but, after POAP, I have never looked back and I want to give that confidence to others joining the HWS family.”
In the photo above, HWS students work on a Habitat for Humanity house as part of the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program last year.