Twin Cities News

Genesys Works Twin Cities Celebrates 10 Years of Impact | Honors Partners, Program Alumni and Community

St. Paul, MN – May 17, 2018 — Genesys Works Twin Cities recently celebrated 10 years of providing meaningful internship opportunities and skills training to high school students from underserved communities. This milestone was commemorated during the organization’s Breaking Through Ceremony on May 10, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. After a successful start in Texa …


Important Update From Genesys Works Houston

Dear friends, I am excited to share an important transition that is happening at Genesys Works Houston. After a career spanning nearly 40 years, the last 5 as Executive Director of Genesys Works Houston, I have made the decision to retire at the end of this year. I will miss contributing daily to Genesys Works’ mission, but look forward to focusing more on public and non-prof …


Genesys Works Receives $50,000 Grant from Travelers Foundation

Grants from the Travelers Foundation total nearly $500,000 in 10 years HOUSTON, Texas, April 2018 – Genesys Works, a workforce development program serving youth across the country, has received a $50,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers. This grant brings their total giving to $460,000 over the past 10 years. This grant from the Travelers …


Important Message from Our Founder & CEO on Transition

Dear Friends and Supporters of Genesys Works, I am writing you to announce that 16 years after starting and growing Genesys Works and proudly seeing our mission come to life, I will be stepping aside as Chief Executive Officer in the first quarter of 2019. After that time, I will remain active on our National Board. In the 16 years I have served in this role, I have continua …


Student Spotlight: Rayne Nelson, Best Buy and Geek Squad

Rayne Nelson remembers walking into the Genesys Works Twin Cities signature event – Draft Day – in August of 2017 feeling nervous and overwhelmed by the crowd. Despite the nerves, she was happy and felt pumped to find out about what her year-long internship experience would be. It was on Draft Day that Rayne discovered she would be interning at one of our 58 corporate partners: Best Buy/Geek Squad.


Thank You to our 2018 CIO Luncheon Presenting Sponsors!

Thank you to our 2018 CIO Luncheon Presenting Sponsors: Accenture, Best Buy/Geek Squad, and ServiceNow! We are proud to have the support of these three companies, as we continue to provide pathways to career success for students from underserved communities in the Twin Cities. In their third year as a presenting sponsor of the CIO Luncheon, Accenture has made ongoing efforts …


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.