JHS Senior Alex Harvey Named Volunteer of the Year for Chautauqua Striders

JHS Senior Alex Harvey was recently named the Chautauqua Striders’ Volunteer of the Year during a reception sponsored by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. Pam Gustafson, Chautauqua Striders’ Academic Coordinator, presented the award to Mr. Harvey at a ceremony.

“I met Alexander when he attended Holy Family Catholic School where he was in my fourth grade class.  At the age of nine, he possessed a sense of fairness and justice beyond his years.  His choice to serve his community through volunteerism and his career plans of international studies further exemplifies the truly extraordinary person he is,” said Gustafson.

Mr. Harvey was interested in finding a place to volunteer his time. He had used Chautauqua Striders for tutoring and SAT help so he contacted Mrs. Gustafson to see if he would be a good fit for their tutoring program. He began tutoring at the Fletcher Advantage After School Program last year, Monday through Friday. This year, he split his time working three days a week directly for the after school program and the other two days tutoring elementary school students in the library helping them with homework.

“The kids are great. I have such a nice time working with the students,” said Mr. Harvey. “I help first through fourth graders with their math homework. They are so funny and make me laugh everyday. I hope I’m also helping them and improving their lives.”

Mr. Harvey will be attending American University in the fall studying under its Global Scholars Program, which accepts only 25 students each year. He plans to study International Relations and Political Science with his dream goal to become an international war crime attorney like his hero, Robert H. Jackson.  Mr. Harvey has taken seven advanced placement courses at JHS and has won numerous awards, honors and scholarships.  He has also taken courses at A.U. in anticipation of beginning his college career.

Originally founded in 1979 as a local track club, Chautauqua Striders has since developed into a multifaceted community organization, proudly offering diversified programs that incorporate its mission to “Mentor and guide youth through education, advocacy and athletics.”  The not-for-profit agency, based in Jamestown, New York, provides tutoring, mentoring outreach and athletic programs to more than 1,800 Chautauqua County youth annually. The goal of Chautauqua Striders is to help youth graduate high school inspired with the knowledge, skill, and confidence required for successful college and career experiences.

posted on 06/24/2014 - filed under: After School, Community, JHS, Spotlight, Students