With 15 million children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, poverty is a prevalent problem across the United States. Limited or no access to resources that create opportunities to advance continues the vicious cycle.
While ending poverty seems like an impossible promise, today’s youth are taking the steps to do so. Young people who successfully navigate college and career can and are ending generational poverty for their families. The difference is this: when provided an opportunity to supplement their high school curriculum with learning future-proof skills and exposed to real-world work experience, youth have the power to change their future trajectory.
You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. This is the type of Catch-22 that young people across the country are facing today. Although youth in America can’t buy experience, they can certainly be connected to meaningful opportunities to gain the skills which will help them achieve a viable career.
Genesys Works (https://genesysworks.org/), a national social enterprise that provides pathways to career success for students in underserved communities, announced today that Nelly Akoth and Dharti Tripathi, have been elected to the Genesys Works National Board of Directors.
What does it mean to give someone the gift of an opportunity? An opportunity can look like many things: a big break, a leg up, a head start, or simply…a chance.
We don’t talk much about this “opportunity gap” at the dinner table or on the news like we do hunger or homelessness. We rarely hear corporate leaders or politicians speak on the topic at conferences or rallies. But the truth is, those with extensive learning resources will academically out-perform those without. Although this lack of resource can be attributed to a number of sources, the outcome is always the same.