Genesys Works, a national social enterprise connecting businesses with emerging young professionals from underserved communities, announced their 6th Annual Golf Outing at Medinah Country Club on Monday, August 23. Last year, the outing raised over $136,000 from individuals and corporate and community partners to support Genesys Works’ programs. Burwood Group, Inc. is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 event, joined by West Monroe Partners (Silver Sponsor) and others.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing business and community leaders together again in support of Genesys Works,” shared Kim Nicholas, executive director of Genesys Works Chicago. “We look forward to enjoying a day of golf on Medinah’s prestigious golf course to support our work enacting positive change on Chicago businesses and in our community.”
Medinah has been home to major championships and events like the PGA, U.S. Open, and Ryder Cup on its fabled Course 3. Genesys Works’ outing will be held on Medinah’s venerable Course 1, redesigned by renowned architect Tom Doak and ranked by Golf Digest #14 in the state of Illinois. Sponsorships and golf foursomes for the event are on sale now via Genesys Works’ website.
“Burwood Group supports this event as a proud corporate partner,” said Jim Hart, GWC board member and president of Burwood Group, Inc. “We’ve had a phenomenal two years of interns that we’ve hosted at our company. We give students jobs in a professional environment—not just showing up, but contributing as a big part of our team.”
Genesys Works launched its Chicago program in 2011. Since then, it has partnered with top companies like Accenture, CIBC, and TransUnion to provide internships in information technology, computer science, and business operations to over 1,000 high school students who have career aspirations but lack access to the skills training, resources, and networks needed to realize their professional goals. Yet, they continue to outperform their peers.
Nationwide, 90 percent of Genesys Works alumni enroll in college immediately after high school, are 3.5 times more likely to earn college degrees and out-earn their peers. In addition, the median annual income of a Genesys Works alumni is $50,000 to $55,000, nearly 20% more than their peers who earn an average yearly salary of $42,000.
In addition to serving students in Chicago, Genesys Works has programs in the Bay Area, Houston, New York City, Twin Cities, and Washington D.C.
About Genesys Works
Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for emerging young professionals in underserved communities starting their senior year in high school through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, paid year-long internships with major companies, college and career coaching, and alumni support to acquire professional credentials and/or college. Our goal is to build career opportunity and economic equality in every community so that all people, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, have equitable access to career opportunities leading to sustained economic mobility. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve thousands of students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region, and New York City, and are looking to expand rapidly into 100 cities in the next ten years. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.