On College Success: Five questions with Rafael Alvarez, Genesys Works

This is a blog series focused on how the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approaches college success work. You will hear from our partners who work each day to help students improve academically, complete rigorous curricula, and cross financial hurdles. One of our partners, Genesys Works, provides pathways to career success for students starting in high school, by providing skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Students who graduate and go on to college are able to use these skills in internships and throughout their college and professional careers. We talked with Rafael Alvarez, Founder & CEO of Genesys Works, about our guiding principle in college success work: The right assistance at the right time can help students get into college, stay in college and graduate. You can read the whole series here.

Commentary: Experiences help students get ready for the future

Burnsville High School in St. Paul is developing pathways that have students thinking and preparing for possible careers and figuring out what education, experiences and/or training they’ll need. Part of developing those pathways stems from Burnsville’s partnership with Genesys Works, which allows students to get paid work experience at major corporations.

Where Are They Now: Gozong Lor, Class of 2013

Alumni: Gozong Lor GW Class: 2013 High School: Saint Paul Central Senior High School College: Macalester College In 2012, Gozong Lor began her year-long internship with Target through Genesys Works. While this experience initially seemed like a short-term dive into IT, Gozong soon realized the internship meant more – to her and her company. Her internship with Target spark …

A Counselor’s Take: Want to Close the Internship Divide for Disadvantaged Kids? Start Paying Every Student

In Minnesota’s Brooklyn Center Community school district, we have partnered with Genesys Works, a nonprofit organization that trains and places disadvantaged high school students in internships with Fortune 1000 companies. The internships kick off with a summer training program, where students learn technical skills and business operations alongside professional skills like communication, cooperation, and punctuality.

Genesys Works Twin Cities Announces New Board Members, Welcomes Community Leaders and a Program Alumnus

Genesys Works – Twin Cities welcomes four new members to its nonprofit Board of Directors. Long-time program advocates Michael Goar (Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities), Dionne Griffin Alkamooneh (City of St. Paul), Craig Pratt (ServiceNow), and Richard Walker (York Solutions/Think IT) have each begun their new terms on the board of Genesys Works – Twin Cities.