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Leadership Academy Featured

The Leadership Academy at HWS, which debuted this year as an extension of the Colleges’ Kids College program, was featured in the Finger Lakes Times.

Camp director Andrea Roach, a teacher in the Waterloo Central School District, has organized four, one-week programs, each focusing on a different area of leadership. The four units include Leadership and Career Exploration, Literature and Drama, Mad for Math, and Outdoor Exploration. In these programs, campers have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, attend field trips, and participate in community service projects.

“We just wanted to challenge their minds,” said Roach.

The Leadership Academy is for teens entering grades 8-10. The purpose is to continue and extend the learning process throughout the summer when teens tend to forget what they have learned during the academic year. The camp is also intended to get students thinking about issues outside of the classroom, including preparation for post high school opportunities. These elements include SAT preparation, career exploration, resume writing, counselor-in-training, poetry, literature, math challenges, correspondence writing, service learning and community awareness.

Jack Lynch, a local student participating in the camp, was quoted about the program in the Finger Lakes Times article, “You’ve got all your friends, a lot more freedom, and no homework.”

Roach earned her B.A. in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo and her master’s in literacy and elementary education from Elmira College. Having grown up in Geneva , she is excited to teach local teens the leadership skills they need to become active in the community.

The full article follows.


Finger Lakes Times
Leadership Lessons

David Taube • July 22, 2009

GENEVA – Jack Lynch, 12, usually puts off his summer reading until Aug. 27, but on Tuesday he read 70 pages.

Lynch and about a dozen other students in grades eight through 10 visited the Geneva Public Library as part of the Leadership Academy for Teens. The two-week program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges debuted Monday.
“You’ve got all your friends, a lot more freedom, and no homework,” Lynch said.

The Leadership Academy was launched as an extension of Kids College Summer Camp, a six-week program for boys and girls who have just completed grades two through seven.

Alecia Roach, a teacher in the Waterloo school district, initially asked the Kids College director if she needed any help with the program. Roach’s oldest child is attending it for the fourth time.

She got more than she bargained for. Roach ended up becoming the leadership program’s first camp director.

Students in the camp will help move desks at the former St. Francis DeSales School today and go hiking at Buttermilk Falls State Park Thursday.

Sam Mantell, 20, who’s assisting the program through the Colleges’ conferences and events office, said he looks forward to engaging the kids in the community.

Program goals include:

• Maintaining school year growth.

• Challenging and cultivating teenagers in areas beyond core studies through hands-on activities.

• Providing leadership and decision-making roles.

“We just wanted to challenge their minds,” Roach said.

Activities include brain teasers, science experiments such as making snow, and reading.

Nancy Allen, whose son, Robby, 13, is enrolled in the program, finds that it keeps him busy during the summer.

“It’s more academic than babysitting,” she said.