Funding covers feasibility study in support of bringing Genesys Works’ proven program for college and career success to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA – August 3, 2022 – Genesys Works has received a $150,000 planning grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation (RKMF), which has invested in the future of Southwestern Pennsylvania since 1947, to expand its program model into the Pittsburgh region as early as Summer 2023.
“By investing in Genesys Works, our generous funders have made it possible for us to provide a growing number of young people with the skills, guidance, and support to reach economic self-sufficiency, both through increased college access and alternative pathways to careers,” said Jeff Artis, CEO of Genesys Works. “We are honored to partner with Richard King Mellon Foundation as we continue to grow and innovate. With this investment, we will be able to identify and explore opportunities for partnerships as we look to expand programming into Allegheny County.”
Genesys Works provides eight weeks of training in technical and professional skills for rising high school seniors, followed by a paid internship at major corporations such as Accenture, Target Corporation, and Transunion. Students also receive college and career coaching to prepare them for postsecondary success. 72 percent of Genesys Works participants are first-generation college students, and 91 percent are people of color.
About Genesys Works
Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, paid year-long corporate internships, college and career coaching, and long-term alumni support to move individuals out of economic inequality and into professional careers. Founded in 2002, Genesys Works now serves thousands of students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region, and New York City. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.