2018 Bay Area Breaking Through Ceremony

October 30, 2018


Bay Area

Bay Area Community Gathers to Celebrate Class of 2019 Genesys Works Young Professionals

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2018 — Nearly 130 rising high school seniors from San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, have begun their internships at local Bay Area companies. These Genesys Works program participants capped their eight-week skills training with the Breaking Through Ceremony, a milestone event for young professionals continuing their transformational journey with a year-long, paid corporate internship.

Speakers at the event included Marcus, who delivered one of the student keynote addresses. “Now that I’ve had an opportunity to participate in Genesys Works, I have learned to be more confident in myself and my ideas,” said Marcus, Class of 2019 Genesys Works Young Professional. “This has been an opportunity to challenge myself and gain my identity in the process. I have transformed from a follower to a leader.” As part of his Genesys Works internship, Marcus is currently working with the Customer Support team at ServiceNow.

Katty Coulson, Director IT, Regional IT Leader for Americas and Cisco on Cisco Global Leader at Cisco Systems, addressed the audience on behalf of our corporate and community partners.

This is the fifth class of trained interns from the Bay Area program. Since 2013, Genesys Works has trained hundreds of students from underserved areas and this is the largest cohort of students to date.

The Breaking Through Ceremony was sponsored by the following generous partners:

Breakthrough Level
Ron Conway

Champion Level
Kaiser Permanente

Partner Level
Cisco Systems
Silicon Valley Bank
Gunderson Dettmer
Andreessen Horowitz

Supporter Level
Kapor Center for Social Innovation
East Side Union High School District
Lighthouse Public Affairs
Cloud 9
Aremco Products



Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college.  Our goal is to move more students out of poverty and into professional careers, creating a more productive and diverse workforce in the process.  Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve more than 4,000 students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington’s National Capital Region.  To learn more, visit genesysworks.org

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