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Iyesha Thornton

Class of 2012, Chicago
Internship: Polsinelli Shughart Law
Current Job:

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There’s no doubt Iyesha had her share of challenges growing up in a low-income area of Chicago. But she faced her struggles head-on and has catapulted herself to a promising pathway toward success. Seeing Iyesha today, it would not be evident that she was homeless for some time when she was 10 years old. Before that, her neighborhood was quite unstable. A young boy around her age committed suicide near her house and another family on her street was killed in a house fire.

These experiences impacted Iyesha in a powerful way. When she moved and switched schools, the quality of her education declined greatly and she faced bullying. Iyesha did not let her circumstances dictate her future. She worked tirelessly in high school to surpass her classmates, often falling asleep while studying on weeknights.

“I learned how to conduct myself professionally and be more confident.”

Iyesha joined Genesys Works and was placed in a prestigious internship with Polsinelli Law Office in Chicago. She formed an intimate bond with her supervisor and co-workers. They gave her advice in school and personal matters. Her co-workers and her program coordinator knowingly guided her along in the college application and decision process. At the end of her internship, all of her hard work paid off when she was accepted to her dream school – the University of Southern California. There, Iyesha earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in computer digital forensics.

Iyesha has moved back to Chicago and is looking for her next employment opportunity. She is a shining example of resilience and determination, and Genesys Works is proud to call her an alumnus.

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