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Geneva Heroes Kicks Off Spring

Hobart and William Smith students and their Geneva high school and middle school mentees through the Geneva Heroes program will take part in TeamWorks! at Keuka College this weekend as part of the group’s leadership skills development program. Geneva Heroes provides Hobart and William Smith students the unique combination of mentoring local school students in Geneva while participating in a number of community service activities together.

The group’s participation in TeamWorks! kicks off its spring semester activities. TeamWorks! is a team-building program that utilizes a challenge course with both high and low elements as well as ground-based activities. It is meant to strengthen team members’ bonds, develop leadership and creative thinking skills, strengthen communication and help establish trust between peers. The program will help both sets of students in their growing roles as leaders and mentors.  

“One of the great aspects of this program is the fact that high school students are able to take on some of the leadership roles within the program to mentor middle school students,” says Geneva Heroes leader Raphael Durand ’13. To adequately prepare them for this role “leaders’ meetings” are held over lunch on campus for high school students. 

Geneva Heroes meets every Saturday. So far this semester they have trips planned to the Smith Opera House, Geneva Free Library, Wayne County Humane Society, and the Geneva Red Wings. In addition, the group will take part in a President’s Reception on campus as part of the Colleges’ Day of Service, on Saturday, April 14.

“Our activities are always a blast,” explains Durand. “It is always a great feeling on a weekend afternoon when you’ve finished a big community service project, and had a great time doing it.” 

Each year brings with it a higher number of participants for the program.  Last year the group was comprised of more than 30 participants, 10 of whom were Hobart and William Smith students. For more information on Geneva Heroes, contact Durand at Raphael.durand@hws.edu.