Joining the African-American Men’s Assoc – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Joining the African-American Men’s Assoc

The Colleges will host a three-part “College Life Skills” program, sponsored by the Geneva African-American Men’s Association.

This annual program, which has taken place at the Colleges for the past five years, will feature a workshop-style curriculum geared toward college preparation for students in grades 10-12.

The first session will take place in Gulick Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The second session will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The series will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Sanford Room. Each session will be held from 6 – 9 p.m.   

A few of the specific topics that will be addressed throughout the program include how to select the proper college courses, personal finance and budget, transitioning from high school to college, and the financial aid process.

The Geneva African-American Men’s Association works to improve the quality and quantity of opportunities afforded to the youth within the community. The goal of the association is to ensure that every child in the community achieves success, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

“Our program serves the youth of the community by reminding them that the door to a college education is open to everyone,” says Trevor Thomas, executive director of the African American Men’s Association.

Thomas is looking forward to the event being hosted at HWS, continuing a collaboration that will continue to be mutually beneficial for both the Colleges and the African American Men’s Association.

“The hospitality shown by HWS over the years has been invaluable to the success of the program,” says Thomas. “In addition, HWS professors, students and staff graciously volunteer their time to help facilitate some of the Q&A sessions and we appreciate that tremendously.”

Some of the guest speakers at this year’s program will include staff from HWS admissions and financial aid, and student discussion panels from both HWS and Keuka students. Additionally, all high school seniors who complete the program are eligible to win a new laptop computer.

Applications and additional information pertaining to the program can be found at

The photo above features last year’s AAMA event at HWS.