The Jumpstart Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been selected to receive the Agri-Business Child Development 2007 Great Neighbor Award, thanks to a nomination by the Geneva ABCD Center. The Colleges are the only institution in New York State to receive the honor.
“I am thrilled that the Jumpstart Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been selected. This award recognizes the commitment demonstrated by the students and the critical impact they have had on the Geneva community, said Maggie Evans, statewide ABCD Executive Director.
Kathleen Flowers, HWS assistant director of public service; and two team leaders in the the Colleges’ Jumpstart corps program, Lisa Taylor ’08 and Jillian Petrella ’09, are scheduled to accept the award at the Agri-Business Child Development’s 7th annual corporation meeting on Wednesday, June 20, at the Hotel Utica in Utica, N.Y.
“Jumpstart is another example of the many ways in which HWS students, faculty and staff continue to contribute to the greater Geneva community, said Flowers. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the good works of so many who have invested their time, hard work and hearts into Geneva’s children.
Since 2002, Hobart and William Smith’s Jumpstart Program has paired college students in AmeriCorps with pre-school children in day care centers and other early-learning programs. The program is designed to help youngsters develop early language, literacy, and social skills and encourages families to be involved and support the children’s learning. Jumpstart also helps train college students to become teachers and leaders in early childhood education.
Agri-Business Child Development, a non-profit organization founded in 1946, is committed to providing high quality childhood education and social services to families at 13 centers across New York state. Those centers have received or are working toward becoming accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, with nearly 100,000 members.
A story on the award was printed in the Sunday, June 10 issue of the Finger Lakes Times. Read HWS program receives award.