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Vincent ’83 Addresses Boys & Girls Club

This month, President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 visited the staff and more than 60 HWS Tutor Corps volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.

As the Geneva Community Center’s news page Geneva Now reports, Vincent credited HWS students “with being part of a ‘revolution’ in American secondary education” and that “their work with the Boys & Girls Club members is both a demonstration of community engagement [and] an exercise in learning by doing.”

“As a professor myself I certainly honor the learning you and your professors do in the classrooms and labs on campus,” Vincent said. “But it is here, sitting side by side with these kids, where some of your most important lessons will be learned.’”

Part of the Geneva 2020 initiative, Tutor Corps is a partnership between the Boys & Girls Club, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Geneva City School District. Through Tutor Corps, HWS students tutor and mentor local children of all ages throughout the academic year. Last year, HWS students volunteered more than 9,000 hours with club members.

“There are many ways to learn and this combination of tutoring and mentoring is, I believe, a great way of helping our club members develop fully after the formal school hours,” says Chris Lavin ’81, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva. “If we can flood the zone with good guidance and influence, we can make progress. That we have a partner like HWS and the active support from President Vincent and his professors makes this a truly unique effort.”

Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire, a Boys & Girls Club board member, also spoke at the event, sharing his plans to measure the impact of Tutor Corps over the coming year.

A private, not-for-profit organization, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva runs an after-school program throughout the school year at both 160 Carter Road and 1 Goodman Street. The club also operates the Geneva Community Center, offering senior services and exercise as well as meeting support to more than 20,000 visitors each year.