Episode 4: Christopher Lavin ’81
On the most recent installment of “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen,” Executive Director of the Geneva Community Center and Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Christopher Lavin ’81 joins President Joyce P. Jacobsen to discuss operating and financing youth education programs and the impact of the HWS Tutor Corps on the lives of Geneva’s school children.
As a native of Geneva, N.Y., Lavin also speaks with Jacobsen about his evolving relationship to his community – as a child, college student and professional. Under his leadership at the Boys and Girls Club and in partnership with HWS’ Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Lavin oversaw the formation of the HWS Tutor Corps in 2017. Today, the Tutor Corps includes more than 40 HWS students who serve as tutors and mentors for the Boys & Girls Club afterschool program.
“…We’ve been able to harness and partner with these Colleges,” Lavin tells Jacobsen. In his observations of Hobart and William Smith students serving as tutors at the club, Lavin says they have “jumped right in” and “come back term after term.” “The idea of ‘flooding the zone’ of these kids’ lives with young people that they can relate to, has been a great thing,” he says.
Lavin joined the Geneva Community Center and the Boys & Girls Club in 2015. Previously, he served as director of communications for the La Jolla Country Day School, in La Jolla, Calif. As a student, Lavin majored in anthropology and was a Geneva Scholarship Associates award recipient. He has worked at the Finger Lakes Times, the Rochester Times-Union, St. Petersburg Times and San Diego Union-Tribune.
For more information on President Jacobsen, visit her webpage.
The first episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast featured Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed.
The music for the podcast series was created by Alex Kerai ’19.