BHM Gennie Stewart

February 4, 2018

Gennie Stewart was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated high school from J.L Mann Academy, where she participated in the Beta Club and maintained a 4.0 GPA through graduation.  Gennie went on to receive her undergraduate degree from The College of Charleston.  While in college, she studied abroad in Spain for six months which proved to be a wonderful means to experience a different culture and way of life.  In Spain Gennie also volunteered in a school, helping local children learn to speak English.  After her undergraduate studies in Charleston, Gennie returned to Greenville and began working at Greenville Tech as a Spanish tutor.  A close friend recommended that she apply for a job at Greenville County Recreation, which is where Gennie has been employed for the past seven years.

Gennie Stewart’s journey in recreation began as an afterschool counselor at the Brutontown Community Center.  She worked daily to be a good role model and encourage the participants to strive for excellence in their lives.  Gennie was later promoted to assistant manager at the Freetown Community Center where she was able to learn the administrative side to running a community center.  While at Freetown, Gennie made lasting partnerships with local businesses and community members that helped to enhance the quality programs offered at the center.  Gennie Stewart is currently the center manager at the Brutontown Community Center and she views it as a great privilege to return to the community where her career in recreation began.  As the center manager, Gennie oversees community and afterschool programs at the facility.  She encourages the staff to be engaging and build lasting bonds with the participants.  Gennie believes it is a joy to have a career that doesn’t feel like work!  She considers herself blessed every day to enter a workplace and encounter amazing coworkers as well amazing community members, leaders and volunteers.  Gennie has always had great role models in her life to guide and advise her to make good choices. She wanted to enter a career that would allow her to influence and impact the lives of others; and Greenville County Recreation has afforded Gennie the opportunity to do that.  Gennie Stewart loves her job because it allows her to give back to the community by enriching the lives of children that will one day be our future leaders.  Gennie understands the importance of community and family. She believes that the community center represents them both by providing a safe place for children to grow, learn, and play while being a staple in the community to host events and family gatherings.  Gennie Stewart can often be heard saying that, “It takes a special kind of person to provide service to the public.  And the trophy of my job is not in the money; however the reward is in knowing that if I have influenced one life for the better, then I have accomplished a job well done!”