We envision a future where all young adults are equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success, upward mobility, and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency.
Genesys Works creates career pathways and opportunities for youth from underserved communities while simultaneously helping employers fill critical talent gaps within their companies.
We do this by providing skills training, counseling and coaching, and paid internships for high school seniors who currently reside in underserved communities and lack access to the resources needed to achieve sustained economic mobility.
Students start their journey by completing eight weeks of rigorous business technology training, gaining essential skills in the areas of information technology, business operations and professional development.
Once students successfully complete their skills training course, they are matched to a paid, year-long internship at a partner company site. Our “earn and learn” approach offers twenty-hour work-weeks while in school, further developing and refining student skills and while providing highly valued services to their host company.
While students are working at their internship, they are also receiving more than sixty hours of guidance, counseling and planning relative to their future career path. Examples of supports in this area include college selection and applications, certification training and placement, and financial aid assistance.
When students join Genesys Works, they also gain access to a community of support from other Genesys Works alumni. As subject matter experts with relatable experiences, our robust alumni network provides students invaluable guidance and support as they navigate their future career paths. Alumni are there to support students all along the way as they navigate academic, social, and financial obstacles that too often serve as a barrier to sustained career success.
Genesys Works is a proven model that not only greatly impacts students, but also has a profound effect on their families, communities, companies, and society at large.
Genesys Works students have higher rates of college enrollment and completion, and a greater ability to obtain meaningful employment given their internship experiences.
Economist Dr. Clive R. Belfield commissioned a study of Geneesys Works’ model, showing that every $1 invested in Genesys Works leads to a $13.46 economic return
Each year, we conduct a formal survey with Genesys Works alumni to see where they are in their career journey. Their feedback serves as further evidence on the effectiveness of the Genesys Works model.
“When Genesys Works gave me that opportunity to begin building my career in high school, I capitalized on it and used the resources to build a solid foundation.”
Haley Coller, Genesys Works Alum and Associate – Global Markets at Goldman Sachs.
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