To celebrate the HWS “Tutor Corps” initiative beginning in February, Geneva 2020 hosted a recent dinner that brought together 75 HWS students, the staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, Geneva City School District teachers, District Superintendent Trina Newton, a number of HWS professors, and President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan.
Among its priorities, Geneva 2020 hopes to raise the district’s high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, and is well on its way. Since 2010, the graduation rate has jumped 17 percentage points, climbing at 87.6 percent in 2016. As a recent article in the Finger Lakes Times notes, the Tutor Corps kickoff dinner centered on exploring strategies for inspiring GCSD students, both academically and personally, to continue Geneva 2020’s impact on local students and the community.
“Both the makeup of this consortium and the scale of the commitment stands as one of the tangible achievements of the Geneva 2020 program launched a few years back in this city and may now represent a turning point for the Boys & Girls Club itself,” writes Chris Lavin ’81, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva and the Geneva Community Center. “Watching this evening unfold, it was hard not to have a better feeling for the unique strengths of Geneva. College students mixing with younger kids. Boys & Girls Club staffers, who mentor kids every day, guiding their charges into new relationships. City School District teachers, in the background, coaching the tutors, sharing homework assignments via email.”
The dinner came in advance of the upwards of 120 weekly tutoring sessions beginning in February, which will see HWS students mentoring GCSD students from grades one through 12 as part of Geneva 2020’s ongoing goal to support students and schools.
Geneva 2020 harnesses the resources of the entire Geneva community – non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals – to provide assistance in key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva’s children including graduation rate, career and college readiness and literacy. Since its founding, the initiative coalesced community support for the 2,200 children who attend grades K through 12 in Geneva, aspiring toward a “cradle to career” model that focuses attention on the early formative years before enrollment in school and past high school graduation into career attainment.